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Regarding cold-weather gear, we definitely recommend including a warm layer, but it should be something packable and not too bulky. You likely will need something on the flight over and may need it for the odd air-conditioned bus ride. However, for the first two-thirds of our journey, we are going to be in the tropics during the hot, dry season and its rare that you will need a warm layer; thus something you can stuff at the bottom of your pack or use as a pillow is ideal. As we move into northern Laos and Yunnan (where it will be spring), it is easy to purchase additional layers if necessary (and we can dress more like locals).

Personally, I am bringing a ultra-light acrylic/polyester base-layer top, and a mid-weight fleece that packs to the size of a small loaf of bread.

Hope this helps!

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Cold Weather Clothing

Michael Woodard,Mekong Semester, Spring 2010

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Regarding cold-weather gear, we definitely recommend including a warm layer, but it should be something packable and not too bulky. You likely will need something on the flight over and may need it for the odd air-conditioned bus ride. However, for the first two-thirds of our journey, we are going to be in the tropics […]

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02/7/10

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Michael Woodard

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Many thanks to Robyn and Heather for posting your lesson ideas, we hope the rest of you will post your own soon! Knowing which lessons the students want to present helps us a great deal in mapping out our own lesson delivery. If you haven't yet, please post your ISP and lesson ideas as soon as possible please thank you!

Though surely you are busy with final preparations and packing, we have one final pre-arrival assignment for you! Before you touch down in Phnom Penh, we would like each of you to write a letter to self, seal it in an envelope, and address to your home address. We will collect these letters soon after your arrival; several months after the completion of the course, we will send you these letters so you can reflect on your feelings as you prepared for your journey and revisit all you expectations and aspirations. The letter should finish/answer the following ten sentences/prompts:

  1. The person I am on this trip is…(a leader, a good listener, spiritual, brave, etc.)
  2. Right now I feel…(nervous about making friends, excited about meeting my instructors, scared of toilets, etc.)
  3. On this course, other group mates may find _____ challenging but I have the natural skill of _____ to deal with it.
  4. Within one week of being in Cambodia I want to say…(I can say 10 sentences in Khmer, I can cross the street, I’m a true traveler, I’m putting my best me forward, I’ve learned something about myself)
  5. Half way through the course I want to say…
  6. At the end of the course my goal is to…
  7. When I return home I want to be this person…
  8. What brings out the best in me is ….
  9. How will I respond to new or surprising situations?
  10. What do I stand for?

Many thanks! Please let us know if you have additional questions. We cannot wait to meet all you (now just four days away)!

Allana & Michael

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Letters to Self

Allana Hearn & Michael Woodard,Mekong Semester, Spring 2010

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Many thanks to Robyn and Heather for posting your lesson ideas, we hope the rest of you will post your own soon! Knowing which lessons the students want to present helps us a great deal in mapping out our own lesson delivery. If you haven’t yet, please post your ISP and lesson ideas as soon […]

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Allana Hearn & Michael Woodard

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In terms of cold weather clothing, would we need a fleece/warmer jacket while still in Cambodia, and Laos or would a simple rain jacket suffice for then? My fleece takes up a lot of room in my pack, leaving almost no room for anything else, when it's fully packed. I would like to have the extra room and flexibility by leaving it out, if possible.

On that note, it was mentioned that we would be able to buy jackets for the later part of the trip, if we needed them. Is that recommended? I feel that buying a new one, would actually be better then shipping one over is terms of cost of money/resources/environment.

Student lesson: I'd like to do mine on, "Business as Usual: Responses within ASEAN to the food crisis" by Randall Arnst. There is a lot going on in the article, so I think I might have to narrow it down.

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

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Robin Bartels,Mekong Semester, Spring 2010

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In terms of cold weather clothing, would we need a fleece/warmer jacket while still in Cambodia, and Laos or would a simple rain jacket suffice for then? My fleece takes up a lot of room in my pack, leaving almost no room for anything else, when it’s fully packed. I would like to have the […]

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Robin Bartels

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Greetings from Kep! Though busy with final preparations, as you can see we are eager to meet all of you and embark on our journey up the Mekong!!

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All Smiles

Michael Woodard & Allana Hearn,Mekong Semester, Spring 2010

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Greetings from Kep! Though busy with final preparations, as you can see we are eager to meet all of you and embark on our journey up the Mekong!!

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02/6/10

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Michael Woodard & Allana Hearn

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Heather, many thanks for your question about acquiring the Cambodian Visa. This is information all of the students should know!

When you arrive at the Phnom Penh airport, you will be directed immediately to the visa desk. All of you will need to request a tourist visa, which is good for 30 days (there is a visa card you can fill out at the desk). You will need to give them your passport, one passport photo, and then after they process the visa, you pay them $25 dollars and they will give the passport back with the visa included. The whole process usually takes about 5-10 minutes. After this you can continue through immigration, collect your baggage, and we will be waiting for all of you outside the arrivals area.

Hope all this helps!

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Cambodian Visa Upon Arrival

Michael Woodard,Mekong Semester, Spring 2010

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Heather, many thanks for your question about acquiring the Cambodian Visa. This is information all of the students should know! When you arrive at the Phnom Penh airport, you will be directed immediately to the visa desk. All of you will need to request a tourist visa, which is good for 30 days (there is […]

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02/6/10

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Michael Woodard

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robyn reeder,Mekong Semester, Spring 2010

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I think I want to conduct a student lesson on the excerpt from the book "Sideshow, Kissinger, Nixon, and the Desturction of Cambodia". What generated my interest in the role the U.S. played in the Khymer Rouge war was the movie The Killing Fields. I just watched it, and I was appalled at how the […]

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02/5/10

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robyn reeder

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A question:

Allana and Michael,

Is there anything I need to know about getting a visa on my way into Cambodia? I know it's visa-upon-entry in the airport, but is there any specific kind that I need? I probably won't be doing it with the group.

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One more thing…

Heather Lyon,Mekong Semester, Spring 2010

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A question: Allana and Michael, Is there anything I need to know about getting a visa on my way into Cambodia? I know it’s visa-upon-entry in the airport, but is there any specific kind that I need? I probably won’t be doing it with the group.

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02/5/10

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Heather Lyon

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Hello again, this time from the coastal village of Kep!

Allana and I are working the next few days to fine tune the curriculur progression of our course and finalize some logistics before the group arrives. With less than a week before our journey begins, we noticed some of you have yet to post your ideas for ISP topics as well as your interests for student lessons. Specifically we are looking for ISP topics from Gabe, Paige, Heather, Jonathon, and Taylor. As for the student lessons, everyone but Kimberly is yet to submit their ideas.

We would GREATLY appreciate it if all of you could post these submissions as soon as possible. It will be of great help to Allana and me as we map out when we deliver our own lessons. Additionally, we want to jump right into the course when you arrive, and hope you will have a clear idea of your ISP topics and student lessons. We will be meeting with each of you during the first week to talk about both your ISP and your lessons.

Michael

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ISPs / Student Lessons

Michael Woodard,Mekong Semester, Spring 2010

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Hello again, this time from the coastal village of Kep! Allana and I are working the next few days to fine tune the curriculur progression of our course and finalize some logistics before the group arrives. With less than a week before our journey begins, we noticed some of you have yet to post your […]

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Michael Woodard

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Greetings from Madhya Pradesh, central india!

I have been using the program reader as one of my main reading materials for my India trip; there's some pretty interesting stuff in there. For example, has anyone else found themselves horrified to learn about the role that the US has played in the region? Of course I knew about Vietnam, but I was pretty ignorant to what the US did in Cambodia and Laos. Not so cool. For my presentation, I think I am interested in talking about the National Geographic article called "Searching for Shangri-La." I am really interested the Chinese persecution/abuse/use of the Tibetan culture depending the government's own propagandistic, economic and political needs.

As for ISPs, I am going to have a hard time deciding what to focus on.

-I am interested in studying art (not making art; I'm no good at that). Maybe I could choose a specific medium, like "temple sculpture" or "mural painting" or even "architecture of homes" and do a comparative study?

-Something else I think would be cool is focusing on river folklore -- seeing how the myths and stories relating to the Mekong vary throughout the region.

-I am also very interested in Buddhism -- I would like to see how buddhism in the region is evolving (or not evolving) and reacting to new, modern institutions like the media, globalization, environmental shifts and the rest.

Yeah, that's a lot. But hopefully once I am in-country with the advice of our honorable instructors, inspiration and focus will come!

I can't wait to meet you all. So soon, so soon! See you in Phnom Penh.

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Prep!

Heather Lyon,Mekong Semester, Spring 2010

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Greetings from Madhya Pradesh, central india! I have been using the program reader as one of my main reading materials for my India trip; there’s some pretty interesting stuff in there. For example, has anyone else found themselves horrified to learn about the role that the US has played in the region? Of course I […]

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02/5/10

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Heather Lyon

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    [post_content] => Hey guys! Great questions! Answers to follow. I arrived in Phnom Penh yesterday and have been hard at work with Michael putting together the last bits and pieces of our course. Let me tell you, we’re ALL in for such a treat. This semester is going to be incredible!!!A few quick things to cover:1. I contacted the office and the Mekong Reader should have been sent to you a few weeks ago in the Welcome Packet. If you haven’t received it, please contact me ASAP on allana.hearn@gmail.com and I will see what I can do.2. Please do not bring your Ipod with you on the trip. Ipods are not allowed on the trip and you will not be allowed to use them. In our experience as instructors and travelers, the ipod can be a barrier to engaging fully with your experience in-country. Fancy items like these enlarge the gap between locals and our group. When you’re plugged into your ipod, you are less aware of what is going on around you – hindering your experience and increasing risk. Additionally, there is always the risk (quite large risk) that they will be lost, stolen or broken. We will be in and out of boats, throwing our bags onto the back of pickup trucks and really want to minimize the number of valuable objects on us. Ipods/MP3 players can make you a target. 3. Skype is a great way to keep in touch with your friends and family back home. If you don’t have an account set up already, it’s probably a good idea. Internet cafes with skype will be available in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Vientiane, Luang Prabang, etc.4. It’s a great idea to bring a small Flashdrive with you on the trip. You’ll be able to save photos on it and save yakyaks and other writing exercises. This certainly isn’t a requirement, but if you have one it’s a great idea.5. Cell phones: We strongly discourage you from bringing your personal cell phone. Dragons protocol states that instructors will carry and monitor all student cell phones throughout the entire trip. We can do this, but there is always the risk of damage, theft, loss, etc. On top of this, calling home via Skype or in internet cafes (widely available) is MUCH more economical. Also we’re going to buy the student a group a cell phone for in-country use. 6. I have a question about the jacket we need to bring for china. shoud it be like a big down jacket? or maybe like a thick fleece? A fleece should be fine. If the weather is cooler, we can pick up cheap coats in northern Laos or China so that we don’t need to carry them for the first 2 months of the course. Sound good?7. And with the blouses we need, do they need to be collared? should I bring polos or nice shirts? The blouses don’t need to be collared although it’s best if they are polite looking and are modest (cover the shoulders, not transparent, no cleavage). It’s important that we each have a few polite shirts to wear to NGO meetings and other special events but it’s up to you if you prefer polite blouses, polos or button-down shirts. Note: knit polos can be hot! Whatever polite shirts you decide to bring, make sure they are of a light material and preferably one that is of a blended material (dries faster, cooloer and less wrinkles).8. I may have talked with someone about this before, but should we bring mosquito nets? It seems like protection from mosquito bites is really important with it being the main cause of a lot of the diseases we're at risk for... Great question. If you are really worried about this, we won’t restrict you from bringing a mosquito net. However, we suggest that you leave this behind. Everywhere we sleep will have mosquito nets and/or a fan. If you find yourself in-country and still being bit by mosquitoes you can pick up a net here. Nets are available EVERYWHERE here and are much cheaper than at home. So, we suggest you wait and see until you are here but if you’re super worried about one feel free.Keep the questions coming! See you guys in Phnom Penh soon – Michael and I are together and busy planning for your arrival!Best, 

Allana

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A few notes and answers to questions…

Allana Hearn,Mekong Semester, Spring 2010

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Hey guys! Great questions! Answers to follow. I arrived in Phnom Penh yesterday and have been hard at work with Michael putting together the last bits and pieces of our course. Let me tell you, we’re ALL in for such a treat. This semester is going to be incredible!!!A few quick things to cover:1. I […]

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