MIRA costa (kardia sub-chapter), california, usa
What has been most rewarding about being a part of TASSEL?
I have been a part of TASSEL for three years now, and I have always loved seeing the smiling faces of the students when I log on to VSEE. They constantly display carefree and contagious happiness, which nearly makes me forget the kind of situation they are facing in Cambodia. When I traveled to their villages the past two summers, I was able to see firsthand the living conditions and real dangers they are faced with everyday. In privileged communities, starvation and the lack of clean water seem to be such unreal and archaic problems, but even today, the majority of Cambodians are forced to collect and drink rain water which often makes them sick. Many of the children even forage for insects or snails to feed their entire families. They live in small, poorly-constructed homes, and when they are not able to collect or find firewood, they burn plastics or rubber just to start a fire to cook their meals. Despite these hardships, the students who come to class always bring an extraordinary amount of enthusiasm and energy. It’s rewarding to see how much they enjoy and value this opportunity to learn. However, the most rewarding thing about being a part of TASSEL is knowing that by providing these students with the opportunity to learn English, we are giving them the tools they need to be able to escape their current situation. TASSEL is ultimately helping the students to change their country by fostering a new generation of Cambodians who can share their knowledge and love that they are hopefully receiving from us.