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Words and Images from Cambodia

Julianna Tes, Participant

Phnom Penh The sun rises, On my city – the people’s city, Bringing more healing From the lingering bitter taste Consisting of lost Wrapped in hurt and justice But the people’s lives continue on with the day Motorbikes, tuk-tuks, and the scent......Read More

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Frozen in Time

Jack Sun, Participant

I stood on the newly paved road, With trees lined-up on both sides, Arms reaching to the sky, twisting and turning. They have been standing there for a long time. They were there before everything, Held strong against the test of time, remaining......Read More

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Jack of the week

Spencer Brown, Participant

My first real interaction with Jack Sun was nearly twenty feet above the dusty grounds of a farm, with trails of ants and flocks of ducks scampering beneath us, and packs of wild dogs howling into the thick Mekong night sky. Dead moths cluttered en......Read More

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Bugs

Julianna Tes, Participant

I have always considered myself a person who loves nature. Although I still have a deep appreciation of nature, I have gotten to know nature well – sometimes a bit too well – through this trip. First off, I believe all forms of life are......Read More

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The Necessity of Silence

Alice Q, Participant

Sitting in a dimly lit restaurant surrounded by zooming trucks and constant raindrops, I reflect on the true value of silence. What does it mean to be silent? As I ponder this question, I quickly realized that most of us have no answer –......Read More

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Meditation Reflection

Rachel H, Participant

I spent the meditation retreat experiencing a loud silence. Being unable to speak with others left me completely alone with my thoughts, forcing me to explore my own mind. At first, I spent much of this time reading and continuing to distract myself......Read More

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Looking Inward

Instructor Team, Instructor

Yesterday we left the big city of Phnom Penh, where over the course of 3 days we learned firsthand about an all too recent dark chapter of Cambodian history, explored vibrant local markets and tried out our Khmer bargaining skills, and met with......Read More

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The mangrove forest

Jack Sun, Participant

The mangrove forest brings me into another world. Which is separated from the chaos of the outside. Each mangrove tree is an individual. They gathered together, hundreds of thousands of them, to protect one of the purest, most sacred and unpolluted......Read More

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At the center of new development is hell

Felicity B, Participant

At the center of development is hell. I am not referring to poverty, drug addiction or alcohol abuse. I am referring to S21 in the center of Cambodia’s capital. Originally full of laughter and life, a school held students eager to learn. Then full......Read More

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You’re either with us or against us

Spencer Brown, Participant

Yak of the Week

After being granted independence from France in 1953, Phnom Penh was considered “The Pearl of Asia”, boasting a flourishing economy, breathtaking architecture, developed roads, and a booming pulse of creative arts, like music and Cambodian......Read More

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Tears fall like raindrops

Adam Berns, Participant

Tears fall like raindrops Where bodies fell like waterfalls The story is long, sad, and complex And I am only an American. People surround me, normal they would seem Only left in the ashes of a demon Building up the strength to walk again. Their......Read More

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What we saw

Kylie Blitzer, Participant

We saw an innocent school building turned into a symbol of genocide. We saw people removed from their homes, guns blazing, and a Khmer Rouge flag standing tall and proud. We saw countless pictures of victims, prison cells, and interrogation rooms.......Read More

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Some pictures

Rachel Horne, Participant

1- Our Dragons team visits a local temple in the Chambok community. 2- A beautiful view of the waterfall we hiked to during our time at Chambok. 3- The ornate decorations welcoming me into my home at Chambok. 4- The vivid sunset on the southern......Read More

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A letter to my homestay family

Students of Khambo 2018, Participant

Today we left the wonderful homestay families who have been generously hosting us for the last six days. On our final day, we all wrote notes for our families to let them know what they have meant to us. Here’s what we said: Thank you so much......Read More