From December 10th-15th, a volunteer group from Singapore called the “ACTS group” came to our schools. The annual ACTS service trip was started eleven years ago by two Catholic doctors, Dr. John Lee and Dr. Pricilla Lee, from Singapore. For the past eleven years, Dr. John and Dr. Pricilla have led anywhere from 300 to 500 volunteers to serve in the different Salesian schools in Cambodia. Some of the volunteers are doctors and dentists who provide free medical check-ups and dental cleanings for the children, teachers, staff, and Sisters. The rest of the volunteers run different activities and lessons for our students. I spent the week with my students and a group of twelve of the ACTS volunteers. The ACTS volunteers taught my students how to cook different Singaporean dishes. They also ran a three-day practical training workshop on resume writing, interviewing, budging money, and planning events. On the last day of the week, the ACTS group organized a big sports day for the kindergarten, elementary, and high school students. The students participated in volleyball games, soccer games, and relay races. The FTHS girls (my students) sold popcorn, beef ball sticks, chicken wings, noodles, green tea, and mixed sour fruit at a food stand. I helped make the popcorn because I did not trust myself to make the other food well.
During this week, I also trained four of my second-year students to be English MCs for two different programs to thank the ACTS group. I am so proud of how hard my students worked to perfect their pronunciation of the words, to speak clearly, and to look up from the paper from time to time. Congratulations to SreyPich, Laihorn, SreyNich, and Vanna on their excellent English MC performances!