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Cambodia: Peace-Building & Conservation

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Remembering the Khmer Rouge

Sally, Participant

Yak of the Week

One of the core reasons I decided to apply to this program is Cambodia’s rich history. I was extremely interested in learning about the genocide and the nation’s recovery from it because much of this isn’t mentioned in US textbooks and......Read More

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Never Forget

Alice Q, Participant

Yak of the Week

He sits under the green silk, His hands atop his knees And his sandaled feet crossed. His weathered words take me to a time I never lived. He spoke of mountains and trees, Guns and rice, Bikes and families. He spoke of endless tears, Sweaty palms,......Read More

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Homestay

Kylie Blitzer, Participant

I’m a born and bred city girl. I have lived in two major cities in my life. I have known nothing else. So, when I heard we were spending six days immersing ourselves in the daily routine of rural Cambodia, several thoughts entered my mind about......Read More

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My afternoon shower

Felicity B, Participant

My afternoon shower is a relief from the heat. My towel is the shortest attire I will wear while I am here. I take my time going up the stairs to my room, feeling the wind on my legs and my back. My body is completely dry by the time I reach my......Read More

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Homestay days

Instructor Team, Participant

Dear Friends, Family and Well-wishers of the Khambo 2018 student crew We write to you from the lazy serenity of the village of Koh Ksach Tonlea. Here we have slowly adapted to the community’s peaceful agricultural routine – up with the roosters......Read More

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A morning with my host family

Rachel Horne, Participant

A crying baby and a rooster’s call awakens me from my sleep on a bamboo mat. I open my eyes to find my little brother looking at me with curiosity. He tells me, using his best English accent that “it is time to eat rice”, or breakfast. I......Read More

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Dear Mom and Dad

Adam Berns, Participant

Dear Mom and Dad The first day of the homestay made me think that the next six days would be the worst six days of my life. Little did I know that hating it at points is key to loving it in the end. I sat through the first day and most of the second......Read More

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Leaves of Life

Felicity B, Participant

When you walk down the road, made of dirt and rocks, connecting all of the houses in the community that we reside in for a week, you see people, dogs, bikes, bushes, and trees. Each one of these trees divide into branches which separate into leaves.......Read More

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Day 9

Sally, Participant

6:09am: I’m woken up by my nine year old host brother speaking Khmer words that I don’t understand. When I roll over, I see him standing on the other side of my baby pink mosquito net with an accomplished smile on his face. He giggles and yells,......Read More

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Water

Alice Q, Participant

Picture of the Week

White waves break the silence of the lake. Bamboo leaves swivel, dance, and fly. Noise fills the sky. Butterflies, yellow, white, and black, weave through blades of grass. Molten crystal pours over moss-laden rocks. Movements drown my thoughts. The water sings.

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Soundscape

Saoirse, Participant

Everyday I wake up at 5. In Cambodia, the sun rises at 5:30, and by then most of the communities I’ve stayed in are already bustling. Roosters crow, dogs bark, and music plays. Combined with a humid sweetness, it is the perfect orchestra to wake......Read More

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Footbal

Rachel Horne, Participant

Touch. Pass. Touch. Touch. Pass. With each touch and pass comes an exchange between cultures. Between an American teenage girl and a Cambodian 11-year-old boy. Between a defender and a goalie. Between two people. No words. Just the language of a......Read More

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My Brother Sleeps

Felicity B, Participant

My brother sleeps, hands laced together next to his full cheeks. My mother regards the T.V. as my father changes into his after work clothes. My fellow Dragons bike by after they stop by to see my family. They questioned the flowers in my hair; my......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Cambodia

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To the Tourists Who Came on the Van

Alice Q, Participant

You arrive at the campsite in a cloud of dust. Air conditioned van with cushioned seats with blue flowers on them. Two screeching horns, and you’re here. You, with your neon tank tops and denim cutoff shorts and your loud lunch conversations and......Read More

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Hammock Musings

Kylie Blitzer, Participant

Sitting, swaying, swinging Swinging in a hammock woven in an intricate net That moves me side to side. The rhythm calms me A wave of pure serenity washes over me. Washes over me Like the tide onto the shore below our bungalow In the distance, I hear......Read More