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What My Guy Yut Told Me

Spencer, Participant

In Cambodian tradition there are tales of Dragons. In Khmer folklore (the Khmer are the people of Cambodia) the King provided the entirety of his people with the land and the resources they yearned for through marrying a beautiful and powerful......Read More

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The Iron Cow Ride Through Chambok

Sally, Participant

The iron cow announces our presence. It bounces and shakes, Crawling through piles of pumpkin colored dust. Young Khmer children gather beside the bamboo fence, Sneaking glances at the foreigners, Gigging at the American “Sou S’dey”.......Read More

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Transition Zone

Instructor Team, Participant

During our last afternoon in Chambok, we learned about the background of the community and history of ecotourism there from the village leader (pictured here!), as well as how that history has shaped and continues to influence the lives of those......Read More

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Grains of Sand

José, Participant

The sandals were dusty, full of stories of rugged travel. Each grain of dirt and sand encapsulating a sensory cultural experience with some edges smoothed by the ocean of tenderness and hospitality of the Cambodian people, and others coarse and......Read More

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Rachel’s Yak

Rachel Horne, Participant

Chum reap sua! To me thus far, Cambodia is a colorful and vibrant place. Whether it is gazing at the blue and red house across the street or spotting a bright dress worn by a young child, Cambodia is a sea of color. Not only do these colors please......Read More

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Million Star Hotel

Julie Tes, Participant

Oftentimes, I find myself revisiting and replaying this specific moment in my head. I remember my first night in Cambodia very vividly. I was exhausted from jet lag and was falling in and out of sleep on the van ride to the community stay in......Read More

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Iron Cow

Alice Q, Participant

You sit on top of a wood board covered by a bamboo sheet. The wheels bump against the land  we call “Cambodia” and sway you. You feel the sun on your face, arms and chest. You sense beads of sweat tumbling down the nape of your neck and your......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Cambodia

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I Am From

Jack Sun, Participant

I am from that ancient kingdom Where heroes are sung And the wise are praised. 5000 years of breaking apart and reuniting China is the nation that rose from fire and smoke. The blood of red dragons runs in my veins The spirit of my forefathers never......Read More

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A letter from Day 4

Nina, Participant

Dear Family I am so happy here! It’s the happiest I have been in a long time. I LOVE this group! Everyone has bonded so much already. It’s only been four days but I’m dreading coming home. The country is beautiful but what has surprised me the......Read More

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Where is the Mirror?

Kylie, Participant

Yak of the Week

My home in New York. A place where appearance is valued and looking good has been ingrained in me by society since I was young. As I first arrived in Cambodia, I made sure my hair looked nice, my clothes were clean and looked flattering. First......Read More

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Day Two

Saoirse Lewis, Participant

Today we had orientation activities in the morning and a hike to a waterfall in the afternoon. We woke up, had a breakfast of noodles and rice, and then proceeded to learn about cultural relativism and sensitivity, as well as how it pans out in......Read More

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A Cambodian Horror Story

Felicity B, Participant

It’s the middle of the night. You wake up feeling sticky as usual, despite showering two hours ago. You feel it coming. You knew this day was approaching, when was always the question. You climb out of your bug net lined bed, careful as to not......Read More

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Our First Full Day!

Claire Bennett, Participant

Our first day of orientation has been full of learning, bonding and exploring. We are here in Kirirom Nattional Park, being hosted by the community of Chambok. Simple and delicious Khmer cuisine is cooked for us by women from the local community,......Read More

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All Together Now!

Instructor Team, Instructor

After a long day of both international and Cambodian countryside travel, new city sights and lush landscapes, traditional Cambodian games, and learning our first words in the Khmer language, we finally shared our first meal together this evening as......Read More