Nineteen-year-old Loz from Jersey is coming to the end of her Tearfund gap year in Cambodia. Is she having a good time? Just a bit!
‘I kind of want to stay here forever!’ says Loz. ‘The work we’re doing – I love it.’
Loz spends some of the week working in the office of Tearfund’s partner, Cambodian Hope Organisation, where she is getting involved with all things media – writing blogs, updating the Instagram page, producing newsletters and creating video.
‘We all do different things in my team,’ says Loz. ‘Some work in CHO’s café, others teach English in the school – but we’re all having loads of fun. We laugh every single day, without fail. I love being involved with all of the CHO projects, seeing first hand how their work lifts people out of poverty.’
But as much as Loz loves the work and the place, it’s the people that are making the biggest impact on her.
‘The people here feel like my family – they’re so warm towards us – even those we meet just once,’ says Loz. ‘It’s such a joy to be with them, they always show us so much love, especially the children. I’m learning from them every day.
‘Church here is amazing. It’s how I imagine the early church to be. People meet in someone’s home and they just hang out with one another, sharing, learning, reading the Bible and praising God. It’s so relaxed.’
Although there have been many highs, it hasn’t been completely plain sailing for Loz and the team. Four team members have been ill, and it’s been a learning curve working and living so closely together all the time. ‘Having said that, I can’t imagine not seeing them every day, we’ve grown so close’ says Loz. ‘I cry when I think about this time coming to an end!’
Time has flown by so quickly for Loz and she’s already learnt a lot.
‘I’m learning to love people better, to put them first and to be more generous with my time and my relationships,’ she says. ‘The people here have an incredible attitude and they share so much love. They have real servant hearts. I’ll never forget that.’
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