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Photos from the Kirirom #1

Jessica Armstrong, Dragons Admin

The team have been remote but were able to send me a flurry of photos from their time in Kiriom. They are currently doing a community stay and have been busy hiking/exploring the nature around. It’s wet season over here and so the waterfalls......Read More

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The Journey Continues: Kirirom

Instructor Team, Instructor

Last night, our final night in homestays on the island of Koh Ksach Tonlea, all the students and their families gathered together for a community dinner to share words of gratitude, warm goodbyes, and even a dance party. Today, we packed our bags......Read More

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In Sickness and in Health

Lucy Maremont and Bella Worrell, Participant

Hello, Lucy and Bella here. We thought it would be valuable to share our wonderful experiences in the bustling city of Phnom Penh. Or more specifically, the Starwood Inn bathrooms. As we lay on the wonderfully refreshingly cold bathroom floor we......Read More

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I am from

Stella Gianni, Participant

Where are you from? That is a question people around the world are asked daily. During my homestay I have learned that you can be from many different places all around the world. Many people’s ancestors on the island of Koh K’sach Tonlea are......Read More

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The beauty of what we don’t know

AnnaRose Craig, Participant

Yak of the Week

People are generally quiet here. Except Ma, she’s rather loud. I don’t talk much because my family speaks Khmer and very little English. It’s quite wonderful because it gives me a chance to listen rather than speak. During the day, I hear the......Read More

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Homestay Reflection

Emma, Participant

Right now it is 7 pm and I am sitting in a beautiful home in the village of Koh K’sach Tonlea, with a Cambodian family who welcomed me with open arms. We’ve all finished dinner, although my mother served me a half hour before the rest of the......Read More

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My surroundings

Bella, Participant

Right now I am experiencing anxiety for really the first time on this trip. So instead of dwelling on the anxiety I am deciding to write and do an exercise to keep me in the present and to lower my anxiety. Five things I can see: 1. The medium sized......Read More

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Homestay Happenings

Instructor Team, Instructor

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......Read More

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The Genocide Museum

Ruby Murray and Rachel Schreiber, Participant

Yak of the Week

A few days ago, we visited the Genocide Museum in the heart of Phnom Penh. The museum is housed within a former Khmer Rouge “Security Center,” S-21. As we entered into the museum, shaded by large trees that did nothing to betray the horrors that......Read More

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LGBTQ+ rights in Cambodia

Alice, Participant

Last Thursday, while in Phnom Penh, we met with   the employee of an NGO that works on the prevention and cure of HIV AIDS in Cambodia. I’ve learned a little bit about the AIDs epidemic in the USA but I assumed that it was no longer an issue......Read More

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Home

Daryn Dusansky, Participant

These last few weeks in Cambodia have posed the question of what home is to me. There have been moments where I missed my home in the US as well as times where I truly felt at home in Cambodia. A few days ago, our group was sitting on a rooftop......Read More

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Family

Bella Worrell, Participant

How does one define family? To be honest, I am not even sure how I define family. For me, my family is a decent size. I have many families – not just one. I have my biological family who has been there since the beginning, the ones who held my......Read More