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Cambodia Summer Program.

Homestay Happenings

The beginning of our homestay on the island of Koh K’sach Tonlea, nestled between two strands of the Bassac River in Southern Cambodia, marked the mid-course point of our month together. Each student has grown to learn the daily rhythms of family life here, sharing with each other the similarities and differences of life both between households here and their families back home. After breakfast at our own homestays, our mornings have been spent together, learning about development both in Cambodia and globally, Buddhism and meditation, Cambodian economics (particularly agriculture and textiles), and hearing from village youth and women about their life stories, livelihoods, and dreams in Q&A panels. We’ve continued to ask big questions as we have been doing all along, first in the three larger cities of Siem Reap, Battambang, and Phnom Penh, and now in this special rural community that Dragons has deep roots in. The group has been grateful to catch up on some much needed rest, reflection, and personal space, before we head to a community stay outside Kirirom National Park, an area supporting the largest pine forest in the country. As the month continues to fly by, we have found peace and presence in the in-between moments – the light morning breezes, afternoon rainstorms, and late night chorus of crickets. We look forward to sharing more in the days to come!