Monday 13th November 2017

Today was just a boring day at work, focusing on Sub team (Careers) work for the whole day. In case I haven’t made it very clear, I’m in 3 teams; a sub team (Careers), English teaching team (we teach middle level English), and the MPR team.  Each of these teams are groups of 5, mixed with both UK and Khmer volunteers.

Last week in this programme was very tough for me; so tough that I didn’t write in this diary for a week and had to try and recall everything yesterday (Sunday the 12th). When I wasn’t able to talk to my bf about my issues, I opened up a bit to my counterpart Thida; who surprisingly listened and actually gave me good advice. She helped motivate me to go to work on one of the mornings last week when I just felt like giving up. What a lovely lady.

Back to today, today we did subteam (in my case, Careers) work for the whole day- much to my annoyance. I say this because there’s one volunteer who I’ve realised I don’t enjoy being around, and luckily for me, they’re in my Careers group.  I’m not going to use this book to badmouth her, but all I will say is that her immaturity, bossiness, and the way she intimidates people all just annoy me. Our Careers group is planning on hosting a Careers fair next Saturday so there is a lot to do, but the way in which this particular teammate delegates tasks and checks up on people is disrespectful in my opinion. We are all a team, so we all deserve to be kept in the loop and to be asked to do things respectfully.

Cara ran the second half of her Communication session today. The first half was presented on Friday, which just in perfect timing. On Friday, I was feeling like none of my Careers teammates listened to me, and my efforts to try and include everyone’s views by asking the group questions just led to blank stares by the Khmer volunteers. My patience was drawing very thin, but the communication session part 1 revealed to me how difficult it is for the Khmer volunteers to work in a multicultural team. When spoken to in English, they have to first translate it into Khmer in their heads, then think of a response. The re-translate their Khmer answer into English to feed back to us. This realisation, and the opening up of the Khmer volunteers made me realise that I need to be more patient and not lose my temper at the slower work rate of the Khmer volunteers. They are trying their best.