Volunteer Spotlight: Chas

"I felt completely safe knowing that I had the full support and backup of the Globalteer team in Cambodia."

Chas, a 60-year old retired telecoms engineer and manager from the UK had been thinking about volunteering for a number of years, and retirement gave him just the opportunity he was looking for to fulfil his ambition. Despite being involved in charity fund-raising locally, Chas had never done any kind of hands-on volunteering before, so was a little bit apprehensive when he started looking for overseas projects. But after searching the internet for a suitable volunteer project he found Globalteer, and as he put it;

“After looking at all the different types of projects on offer I decided that Globalteer’s clean water project was the one for me.”
 
Although Chas is a keen DIY’er and has worked as an engineer he had never done any kind of work related to water management so we asked him if he felt that was a disadvantage for him. His reply came through loud and clear,
 
“No, not at all – you just need to be reasonably fit and willing to undertake different tasks under supervision until trained in the different aspects of building water filters - sifting and cleaning sand and gravel, painting and generally helping the permanent project workers.”
 
Chas tells us more about his experience with our Cambodia water filter project...
 
I made great friends and felt completely safe

“The main highlights were in actually going out delivering the water filters to the remote villages. All the kids would gather round to watch and take an interest as the team explained how to use the filters.  I also made a number of good friends, both with the permanent team, and fellow volunteers. We would often meet up in the evenings to socialise, have a few drinks and meals together.   
 
“I felt completely “safe” in knowing that I had the full support and back up of the Globalteer team in Cambodia if I needed any help. Also it was great to meet like-minded people volunteering through Globalteer both on the clean water project and on the teaching projects.

“Globalteer staff and the staff at the actual project itself were very friendly and would take time to make us volunteers feel at ease. realising that we wanted to help in any way we could. The other volunteers were a mixture of different nationalities, British, Canadians, Americans and Australians, and it was a good feeling turning up to work meeting ad chatting about our different experiences both travelling and tales from our home countries.   

My advice to anyone thinking of volunteering
 
“The only other thing I would say to people thinking about volunteering is this: Mark Twain said: 20 years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

If you would like to spend some time bringing life-saving clean water to Cambodian villagers then visit our Cambodia Clean Water Project page to find out how you can follow in Chas's footsteps.