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    [post_content] => Today we said farewell to our new friends from Oakville. We wish you all a safe journey home and many returns to Cambodia.

Thank you for all of your questions, conversations and laughs.

-Dragons
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Bidding a Fond Farewell

Thavry and Claire,PARTNERSHIP: Appleby College Cambodia

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Today we said farewell to our new friends from Oakville. We wish you all a safe journey home and many returns to Cambodia. Thank you for all of your questions, conversations and laughs. -Dragons

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03/23/17

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Thavry and Claire

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    [post_content] => The final countdown of our trip has begun. We woke up this morning refreshed and excited for our final day in Cambodia. We started off with an interesting journey to a Battambang market for breakfast. Despite being told to "go out and explore  the market and spread out," the group did not want to break our tight bonds and we all sat down together. Afterwards, came the time for reflection. We met on the roof of our guesthouse and spent 2 hours debriefing and sharing our favorite memories, the challenges we faced, and things we learned. Next came an activity that truly demonstrated the togetherness of our group. We tossed a ball a string around a circle and told them something they had done that we were thankful for. By the end of the activity the string had transformed into a beautiful web leaving no member out.

Following the debrief came an array of surprises. The first was lunch, at a western-style cafe called Eden. Eden came with its own surprises as all of the menus came with record covers. After filling up on burgers and fries we went to a pagoda. Inside we met a monk who tied a bracelet onto all of us and gave us a small water blessing. The next surprise appealed more to the sweetest of teeth. We got ice-cream! We sat down in these small red booths and ordered ice-cream from a menu. After the wonderful ice-cream stop, we went back to the hotel for a short break, which some of us spent swimming.

Then the big surprise was revealed. There had been hints about it throughout the day - mainly Braeden making strange incomprehensible noises. The surprise: "We are going on a train!" Excitement spread across the faces of all, as we arrived, via tuktuk, to the train station. They weren't actual trains, simply pieces of bamboo on top of wheels, attached to train tracks. We got on, and the cars began to move onto what felt like a rollercoaster. The train flew down the tracks. At the end of the line, we met with some very eager salespeople who were kids. They came up to us with bracelets - 3 for $1! At first none of us were really interested, but they made us "pinky promise" to only buy from them. On the way back we met an unexpected interference - other tourists! As there is only one train we had to get off and dismantle our train so the others could pass. We are back at the hotel now and are awaiting one final dinner in Cambodia.

Wow, what a day.
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Final Countdown

Deven Mathur,PARTNERSHIP: Appleby College Cambodia

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03/23/17

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Deven Mathur

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    [post_content] => The group has had a life-changing two weeks in the beautiful country of Cambodia. However, like all good things, it must come to an end. As we conclude our journey on day 14 of our excursion, it is important to take a step backwards and consider one of the first things we discussed in preparation for the trip: our goals. During our first trip-prep meeting everyone had set a first main goal to achieve, and amazingly enough, every individual's goal has been met.

Fabiola Gonzalez shared that her main goal was to learn as much Khmer as possible, and she achieved it through daily Khmer lessons with Thavry and conversing with the locals of Koh Pdao.

Some of us had to greatly surpass our comfort zones, such as Monica Wang, whose main goal was to be open-minded and to "go with the flow," which was met through her enjoyment of pre-planned schedules every day.

Meanwhile, Grace Danner, Ezgi Yagci and Mikail Malik had made it a priority to bond with the locals, which was done inevitably through the homestay experience at Koh Pdao.

Each of the 13 of us students had developed their own set of unique goals, and they were all changed for the better through achieving them. This has created an atmosphere for a truly fulfilling experience that will stay in each of our hearts forever. Although goals differ and fulfillment is relative, one thing each student said when questioned was that this service trip has been one of the most enjoyable experiences of their lives.
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Achieving our goals

Shadi Sadeghian,PARTNERSHIP: Appleby College Cambodia

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03/23/17

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Shadi Sadeghian

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    [post_content] => Sitting here on the toilet in Battambang, I've had the time to reflect on the successes of our group these past two weeks. We've laughed, we cried, but most of all, we've grown. We entered this country as young, wide-eyed students, and will leave with a wider view of the world we live in. Not just the small town of Oakville that we call home, but the planet as a whole.

Through our journeys and experiences we have seen what it is like to have it all and to have nothing. Not only have we changed our own lives, but we have changed the lives of the family we helped in the rural village of Koh Pdao. Something so simple as a garden is enough to hopefully rewrite the pre-determinded fates of this family's young children.

The hardest challenge for our group was not being able to help everyone. However, the best part is that we can, and with the support of our peers we plan to change many lives. But most of all we wish Cambodia a happy healthy future. Reatrey Suasadai! - Brad
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Reflections on Cambodia

Braeden Kerr,PARTNERSHIP: Appleby College Cambodia

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03/23/17

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Braeden Kerr

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    [post_content] => Looking back at the past week, it has been a life-changing and eye-opening experience. Koh Pdao was unforgettable. In the past week we had the opportunity to interact with the community and immerse ourselves in the culture. During the week it became apparent the incredible impact the vegetable garden we made will have on the life of this particular family. It was a great feeling to inaugurate the garden and see how much our work had accomplished.

It is crazy to notice the difference between rural life in Koh Pdao, and city life in Phnom Penh/Siem Reap. We found that as a whole, even though people on the island may have had less financially, they were still so happy and accepting of us. Whereas in the cities people seem like they always have somewhere to be and are too preoccupied with day-to-day stress to be truly present and happy in each moment. The people in Koh Pdao were remarkable, and as a group we developed relationships, experiences and memories that will stay with us for a long time.
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Reflections on Koh Pdao

Carter Horan,PARTNERSHIP: Appleby College Cambodia

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03/23/17

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Carter Horan

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    [post_content] => We've come to the last day of the course, each and everyone of us have gathered in the circle to share the thoughts and perspective of the course. It is amazing to sit and listen to students share what they have learned and the way they reflect about the trip.
Here are some of their thoughts and reflection through out the trip.

- I have learned how the children on Koh Pdao play together and laugh from a simple thing, and it make me think that "Money can't buy happiness"

- I have learned the struggle of gender equality in Cambodia

- We have spent a lot of time together and have a great bond with the group

- I have learned to slow down with life, and just being lazy in the hammocks

- How unique this experience this, very privileged

- How important of education is. How others wish to be in school and continue education

- Dancing with the kids

- I am not coming to learn about Cambodia, but learned a lot about myself

- I am surrounded with many brilliant minds and I am very grateful for that

- People should appreciate what they have a bit more.

- Our problem at home is incomparable with people we meet. How lucky we are to be where we are!

- Love the homestay

I truly enjoyed leading this trip and I have so much fun each day with all of the students. I start to miss them already!

Have a safe flight home, and surly our path will cross!

Thavry,

 
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Wrap up thoughts

Thavry Thon,PARTNERSHIP: Appleby College Cambodia

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We’ve come to the last day of the course, each and everyone of us have gathered in the circle to share the thoughts and perspective of the course. It is amazing to sit and listen to students share what they have learned and the way they reflect about the trip. Here are some of their thoughts […]

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03/23/17

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Thavry Thon

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    [post_content] => After leaving our homsestay on Koh Pdao, I immediately felt sad. I began to miss my homestay family, the little kids saying hello every time I biked past, and just the people in general. Each and every individual was so kind and happy, no matter what their circumstance. Most of the people in the village are farmers so it is very tiring. Working for even 10 minutes under the hot sun was physically draining. Despite this, everyone was so incredibly kind and welcoming. I definitely miss the people from the village the most.

After saying goodbye to our homestay family, Phiya and Rambo, we all got into the boat to ride back to land. Afterwards, we got a bus headed to Siem Reap. We stopped at an Italian pizza place for lunch - this was a huge reward after eating strictly Cambodian food for about a week and a half - western food has never tasted so good! After lunch, we hopped onto the bus, stopped for dinner, and then arrived at a retreat centre where refugees and people with disabilities stay.
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Goodbye Koh Pdao!

Monica Wang,PARTNERSHIP: Appleby College Cambodia

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After leaving our homsestay on Koh Pdao, I immediately felt sad. I began to miss my homestay family, the little kids saying hello every time I biked past, and just the people in general. Each and every individual was so kind and happy, no matter what their circumstance. Most of the people in the village […]

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03/22/17

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Monica Wang

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    [post_content] => Today we got up and met in the multi-faith chapel. We did our morning routine which was meditation and our health check. After that, Deven taught us about Hinduism. It was really fun and as a group we learned a lot. When our morning routine ended we went to get breakfast. For breakfast they had peanut butter, nutella and strawberry jam, which was amazing! After breakfast we took a tuktuk ride to go and see the temples. They were breathtaking, and seeing the carvings on the temples was pretty amazing. After the temples we took another tuktuk ride back to the city. We quickly ate dinner and went to the night market! We all got pants, shirts, paintings and magnets. It was very tiring but a great experience. I'm really excited to see what we get to do tomorrow.
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Day 12 – Night Market

Ezgi Yagci,PARTNERSHIP: Appleby College Cambodia

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03/22/17

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Ezgi Yagci

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    [post_content] => Many still believe that Angkor Wat was built by God.

I can see why. In my experience of traveling the world, I have never seen something so impressive. Every second that I spend wandering these ancient ruins, I felt like an explorer. I felt enlightened and blessed. The green of the vines intertwined with the ancient, and set the mood of irresistible curiosity. I will never forget the hours we spent wandering the narrow halls of Angkor Wat and its multiple temples.

An aspect of Angkor Wat that really stuck with me is that it was done by hand. Without machines, without programming. Just hard work and talent. Angkor Wat was erected sheerly by immense labor, and it stands to this day. It dwarfs modern buildings, and its glory will remain unchanged for years to come.
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Angkor Wat

Ivan Ilchuk,PARTNERSHIP: Appleby College Cambodia

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Many still believe that Angkor Wat was built by God. I can see why. In my experience of traveling the world, I have never seen something so impressive. Every second that I spend wandering these ancient ruins, I felt like an explorer. I felt enlightened and blessed. The green of the vines intertwined with the […]

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03/22/17

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Ivan Ilchuk

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Today was a great day, we woke up this morning to find out that it had rained overnight. We found it hard to work as usual. We all biked to the center for breakfast. Before our breakfast, we had our morning meeting, we learned about the great day. When we sat down, we found out something that everyone has been craving for the past week “Fries”!! Those fries from real thick potato. They were amazing, along with the fries, was the regular rice, baked chicken and pork. Overall, it was one of the best meals we have had on the island. After breakfast at around 8:00AM, we went to the garden. We knew we were close to finishing, but we did not know exactly how close. We found out that all we needed to do was plant the seeds and build a small trench then we would be done. Everyone wanted to finish a day earlier, so everyone set to work.

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Swimming and dolphins

Jack Barron-Sluga,PARTNERSHIP: Appleby College Cambodia

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Today was a great day, we woke up this morning to find out that it had rained overnight. We found it hard to work as usual. We all biked to the center for breakfast. Before our breakfast, we had our morning meeting, we learned about the great day. When we sat down, we found out […]

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03/19/17

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Jack Barron-Sluga

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