There & back again
07 April 2006, 15:26
by Rae Julian
I was a United Nation Volunteer in Cambodia as part of the UN Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) Mission from 1992-93. This was a life-altering experience for me and I have been told it was the same for the other three New Zealanders who went with me.
Working with other volunteers from a wide range of nationalities, all of whom shared the same philosophy - to help others to start on the path towards self-sufficiency. We did not see ourselves as the experts and quickly realised that our task of voter education and election organisation could only be achieved if we worked as a team with the local people, that we had as much to learn as they did and to take their advice about the best way to convey our message of "democracy".