Interaction with strangers is always a hard thing for me but when I was in the Human of Cambodia exploration, I’ve had overcome my fear and I talk to strangers. Human of Cambodia is a project that would interview people around Cambodia to get some of their life stories and our plan is to share the story to others to let them know what is it to live in Cambodia. We would also have the interviewee photo to prove that we had interviewed them. Some of the stories were sad and some were happy. The questions that we were asking a lot were “What is the happiest moment in your life?” or “What is a quote that you always keep to yourself? ” and the last question would be “Do you have any advice to the next generation?”. Sometimes they would be shy and said that they can’t answer our question or would refuse to reply. However, that doesn’t let us down. We sometimes try to find methods that can solve the problem, like making them feel more connected to us by asking “How are you?”, “Have you eat breakfast yet?” or we contact people in that area that know the people around there well. For example, we can contact the villager chive, the school principal and more.
As I mentioned before, we also learn how to take pictures. A lot of us know how to use the camera already but we haven’t expert it yet. So our teacher gives us some exercise and time to practice. I think that I learn a lot more when I practice it too. Besides taking pictures, I also lean to take note. I’m a person who hates to take note even at school or in a meeting. However, when I first started, I don’t want to talk to people so that’s why it forces me to choose note taker. After that, I realize that taking note isn’t bad at all.
Overall, this exploration helps me to improve a lot of skills like taking pictures, note taking, speaking and more. I also hope that the stories will inspire people to not give up when they face problems.