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Horrible decision - please help!

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islassor93 Sun 02-Apr-17 15:26:25

So in July this year, my best friend of six years is going to cambodia for a month and a half to work and teach children English. To fund this, she is having a charity night to pay for the flights and raise money for this etc.

The problem with this is, I've already agreed to go to a hen weekend for my other friend, leaving on the day of this charity night. I'm in a dilemma because I'm closer to the friend going to cambodia, but this hen was booked and planned months before the charity night, so I feel like that's what I should stick to?

I feel like I'm letting my friend down for the charity night. I'm thinking of offering to help my friend set up the charity night and go for lunch with her, then leave and meet the other hens slightly later on, so I'm still present at that as well? It just means I won't be there for the actual evening when it's happening.

Please give me your advice and help! Sorry for the ramble just had to get it all out, haha.

islassor93 Sun 02-Apr-17 15:27:52

I should also add that I've already paid £180 in advance for this hen. It's literally happening, booked, organised and paid already before this charity night was organised.

Cricrichan Sun 02-Apr-17 15:28:13

Could you miss one day of the hen weekend?

BastardGoDarkly Sun 02-Apr-17 15:29:18

Your solution sounds perfect, surely the charity night friend will understand?

SayNoToCarrots Sun 02-Apr-17 15:30:47

I would have immediately told my friend I had other commitments. Then again I hate voluntourism and people asking for charity to essentially go on holiday.

Moanyoldcow Sun 02-Apr-17 15:35:10

Your solution is great and if I were your friend I would totally understand.

Dozer Sun 02-Apr-17 15:35:25

First you are worrying way too much. Your charity friend chose to do this: her event, her problem. You had a prior commitment, and had committed money too.

Go to the hen do and don't do anything to help your charity friend unless you especially wish to.

Hen do trumps "charity" (plus holiday/experience/CV fodder) do!

Finola1step Sun 02-Apr-17 15:39:32

It really is quite simple. You already have plans for that night. A hen do is (hopefully) a once in a lifetime event. A trip to Cambodia possibly not. Help your friend beforehand and donate some cash if you can and want to.

islassor93 Sun 02-Apr-17 15:40:17

Thanks guys.

I could miss a day of the hen yeah, but then I feel like I've paid so much money to then miss a day? My view is it's money I've paid that shouldn't be wasted missing half of it. It can't be refunded because its hotel money, cocktail masterclass money etc it's all paid.

islassor93 Sun 02-Apr-17 15:41:20

Thanks, I am quite the worrier about this haha. Yeah, I've already donated money as well and I was going to just buy her a card with the Cambodian currency inside as a present.

Thank you for the advice.

AttilaTheMeerkat Sun 02-Apr-17 15:41:55

Go to the hen night because you have already agreed to attend.

Has your friend actually got the necessary qualifications to teach English to these children and for only six weeks?. I would be seriously questioning this whole venture.

islassor93 Sun 02-Apr-17 15:43:35

Yeah she does, she's qualified to degree level just finished uni etc. She wanted to do something different so good for her for doing so. I wouldn't do it personally.

RedSandYellowSand Sun 02-Apr-17 15:43:39

Go to the hendo. It was arranged first.
Support your other friend in setting up the Charity do before hand - but prob not on the day. Buy raffle tickets if she is selling them, and help her get it going.
And enjoy your cocktail making. Clashes happen. And the day will cost a fortune if you loose 180 on the hen do, and then spend a fortune at the charity do to buy your friend flights for her "holiday".

MegFlyAway Sun 02-Apr-17 15:43:55

FYI in Cambodia they use US dollars 😊

AttilaTheMeerkat Sun 02-Apr-17 15:43:56

Re money for Cambodia, US dollars are widely accepted and are used for most transactions over US$1. Ensure that all such bills are undamaged.

Esoteric Sun 02-Apr-17 15:46:23

I am not very pro this kind of volunteerism . It's very big business I'm sorry to say , 'some'companies make big money from it. . I am however very pro genuine volunteerism and there are many reputable places that do this and whilst you don't get paid as such, costs are covered. You have paid for the other thing, so I would offer a donation but say really sorry you are already committed and have paid to do something else, any friend would understand

islassor93 Sun 02-Apr-17 15:47:13

Thanks guys, didn't know that either re Currency. Yeah I've bought raffle tickets already, helped her find prizes (my boyfriend works for a large events company - he's sourced her free dinner vouchers, free tombola prizes etc) so I do feel like I have done my part even though I won't be there on the night.

islassor93 Sun 02-Apr-17 15:48:31

Thank you Esoteric. I will speak to her tonight. She is very genuine and excited to be helping over there. Think she just wanted to challenge herself.

lottieandmia Sun 02-Apr-17 15:48:33

I'm definitely of the opinion that you should always honour the commitment you made first.

Dozer Sun 02-Apr-17 15:49:31

You've already done plenty. Just look forward to and enjoy the hen do!

happypoobum Sun 02-Apr-17 16:04:12

I wouldn't try to split my time you will end up upsetting everyone.

Just stick to the original commitment to go to the hen do.

RainbowsAndUnicorn Sun 02-Apr-17 16:04:19

I think you should honour the first commitment too, it's what I teach,my children so follow as an adult.

Personally, I hate charity events like this which enable people to do something they want whilst somebody else funds it.

islassor93 Sun 02-Apr-17 16:05:18

Thank you so much. I just needed that little bit of extra reassurance that my decision was correct.

EweAreHere Sun 02-Apr-17 16:06:32

You honor your previous commitment.

You can always donate some money to her cause, but frankly, supporting an organization that trains their own teachers would probably be more useful to Cambodians. A month and a half of 'teaching' is a jolly, and like someone else has said, 'big business'; training Cambodians and people who live and work there would be more helpful.

AntiHop Sun 02-Apr-17 16:09:11

You should go to the hen. It would be rude to miss it when it was all already arranged.

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