About Thomas

You’re the funniest person I know.

Thomas’ friend

I love the way you write about Cambodia.

Another friend.

Haven’t you got better things to be getting on with?

Thomas’ mum

The title of this site offers probably everything you need to know about me. I’m called Thomas and I am currently living in Cambodia. 

I’m from the UK, where I studied English literature and qualified as an English teacher. There, I worked in Southampton in a secondary school for a number of years.

In 2016, I took a sabbatical year and moved to Cambodia for a year. I spent my first two and a half months staying in Phnom Penh, doing an intensive introductory language course. I can tell you this, Khmer is very difficult.

After this, I moved to Siem Reap. I worked in a small school called Bridge of Hope (BoH), which helps Khmer students catch up on their studies so they can enrol in local government schools. Siem Reap’s town centre gives the illusion of wealth and development, but the outskirts of the city is fairly impoverished. The children at BoH come from these areas. I taught English as an extra-curricular area as well as providing training for the teachers and social-workers within the school.

After a year in Cambodia, my return to England was somewhat mixed. I stayed with my parents, which turned out to be lovely. However, I realised I wanted to return to the Kingdom of Wonders. I applied for a job at an international school in Phnom Penh.

HOPE International School is a Christian school that provides education for the expat community within Cambodia. Cambodia has many NGO workers from different countries, all providing needed assistance in developing this nation. Often, these NGO workers come with families and their children need teaching. HOPE school arose to meet this need.

So, that’s where I’m currently working. I love Cambodia, Cambodians and my life here. I will try to update as frequently as possible. However, the sites and sounds which at first seem unusual become quite normal. It’s easy to forget that people might find these things somewhat interesting.

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