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Hello Educator Team -

Those people who arrive on our official start date, July 17th, will be picked up at the airport by someone bearing a sign saying Dragons or bearing your name. Some of you are arriving in Cambodia before the official start of our trip and in that case, you should meet us at the hotel we will be using in Phnom Penh. I have included the address and website below (there is a map on the website).)


You can check into the hotel any time in the afternoon of June 17th but then please meet the group in the lobby at 6:30pm on June 17th before we head out to our first meal together.

Should you need me, my phone number is 012-474-150 (from outside of Cambodia, you can call +855-12-474-150).

We look forward to meeting you soon!

- Daniela, Claire & Rithy

Our Phnom Penh Hotel:

Indochine 2 Hotel

#28-30, Street 130, Sangkat Phsar Kandal I,

Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh

Tel: (855-23) 211 525

(855-23) 6311 525

Fax: (855-23) 211 787

Email:reservation@indochine2hotel.com

indochinehtl@camnet.com.kh

Website:www.indochine2hotel.com

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Hotel Meeting Place

Daniela Papi,Cambodia EDUCATOR, Summer 2010

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Hello Educator Team – Those people who arrive on our official start date, July 17th, will be picked up at the airport by someone bearing a sign saying Dragons or bearing your name. Some of you are arriving in Cambodia before the official start of our trip and in that case, you should meet us […]

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Daniela Papi

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Dear all Educators,

We have decided to send this group post to let you know where we are and what we've been doing this last week. Three of the Dragons instructors from this course have spent the last week camping in the Sierra-Nevada mountains in California with nearly 100 other Dragons leaders and staff, in order to prepare and plan for this course. The rugged setting has been magical and inspiring, taking us away from the hectic bustle of our normal lives and into communion with nature.

Despite all of us calling Cambodia “home”, we hail from 3 different continents. Daniela is from North America, Claire is from Europe and Rithy is Asian. For Claire and Rithy it is our first time in America, and it has been such an amazing and humbling experience for us to be welcomed so warmly into the home country of Dragons and most of you. Being out here has been such a huge privilege.

The learning experience that we have been going through as an instructor team has been a deep and powerful one. We have had space individually and as a team to challenge ourselves, explore issues, think critically and emotionally engage. We have had a chance to remember that the best teachers are always students too, and we all feel that we have learned a lot from each other, from the Dragon's team, and from the space itself.

Of course, we have also spent the last few days discussing and planning your upcoming trip! We have tried to plan a schedule that shows you the best of Cambodia; the most beautiful places, the most culturally fascinating and intellectually challenging stimuli, interspersed with authentically rural experiences. We have also developed an outline curriculum, which tries to balance input sessions with space for you to explore the themes and make the connections to your lives as educators – while of course leaving it flexible enough for you to be able to shape and guide your own learning.

If it were possible, we are now even more excited about the trip than previously! We welcome you to use this board to introduce yourselves and your experiences and to express your hopes for this trip. We would love to here from you individually too, if you have any thoughts or questions for us before you get on the plane in a couple of weeks!

If you to email us, you can get Daniela on d@pepyride.org, and Claire on claire_bennett@crdt.org.kh. If you want to chat to someone on the phone, it is best to call Daniela on 1-914-357-1459 before 30th June. After this date, you can call Daniela on +855 12 474150 or Claire on +855 17854822.

See you in a few short weeks...

Daniela, Rithy and Claire

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A Note From Your Instructor Team

Claire Bennet,Cambodia EDUCATOR, Summer 2010

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Dear all Educators, We have decided to send this group post to let you know where we are and what we’ve been doing this last week. Three of the Dragons instructors from this course have spent the last week camping in the Sierra-Nevada mountains in California with nearly 100 other Dragons leaders and staff, in […]

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06/26/10

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Claire Bennet

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Just joined the trip to Cambodia and am very excited! As an introduction I am a video performance artist and teach at the Massachusetts College of Art in the Studio for Interrelated Media. My most recent video projects have focused on creating a visual dialogue surrounding issues of immigration, violence and loss. This has me to my interest in Cambodia and the NGOs working there. Would like to challenge my students and myself to get more involved and am thrilled to have this opportunity to learn hands on.

I am an avid travele raised between Germany, France and the US. I am 55, love to hike, rockclimb and recently got my motorcycle license for fun! Over the years I have have had the chance to explore a number of countries including: Russia, China, Indonesia, Phillipines, Kenya, New Zealand , Fijii, Tonga, lived in Japan and around Europe. My kids joined in many of these adventures and my daughter has actually been on two Dragons trips, one to Tibet and a semester in India. I was so jealous and now finally my turn!

Look forward to meeting everyone soon!

Denise

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Cambodia Educator

Denise Marika,Cambodia EDUCATOR, Summer 2010

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Just joined the trip to Cambodia and am very excited! As an introduction I am a video performance artist and teach at the Massachusetts College of Art in the Studio for Interrelated Media. My most recent video projects have focused on creating a visual dialogue surrounding issues of immigration, violence and loss. This has me […]

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06/18/10

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Denise Marika

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OK, I'm back with the real introduction. My name is Ali and I currently teach HS English (Oral Communications, and Creative Writing) at a private school in Honolulu ('Iolani School), HI.

I guess I am from Seattle (that's where I lived the longest), but I have lived in Illinois, Colorado, Connecticut (I was a "faculty brat" at Loomis Chaffee school!), Seattle, Germany, Holland, Big Island, and Oahu. Every summer I try to combine travel and service and my friend Charlie (also a partipant) stumbled upon this amazing trip.

When I lived in Seattle, I worked with an organization called "HERS" (Help Eachother Reach the Sky), that served teenage Cambodian girls who were daughters of refugees. Our purpose was to act as a bridge between home and everything else and we provided academic, social, and emotional support for participants. Needless to say, it was eye-opening, enjoyable, and completely rewarding. Since then, I have always wanted to visit their home. Through a contact of my former HERS employer, we found a homestay in Penom Penh and will be working with a local orphanage and library for the first week of our stay.

Unfortunately, Charlie and I won't be with you for the entire journey, but we are really looking forward to the six days we will spend with you all.

Some quick vital stats:

I am 35.

Married to a British/Japanese man who was born in Amsterdam and raised in Germany (where we met)

I love my dog and being physically active.

I write.

I art.

I travel.

I am off to Japan in a few days...but will check in when I can.

Be well and merry.

Ali

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Aloha

Ali Stewart-Ito,Cambodia EDUCATOR, Summer 2010

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OK, I’m back with the real introduction. My name is Ali and I currently teach HS English (Oral Communications, and Creative Writing) at a private school in Honolulu (‘Iolani School), HI. I guess I am from Seattle (that’s where I lived the longest), but I have lived in Illinois, Colorado, Connecticut (I was a "faculty […]

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06/15/10

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Ali Stewart-Ito

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Hello There,

I haven't introduced myself yet, but here I am...Ali Stewart-Ito, one of the newest additions along with Charlie Ritts. I will post more later, but we were just wondering if we will be going to the Killing Fields museum?

Be well and merry,

Ali

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Museum?

Ali Stewart-Ito,Cambodia EDUCATOR, Summer 2010

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Hello There, I haven’t introduced myself yet, but here I am…Ali Stewart-Ito, one of the newest additions along with Charlie Ritts. I will post more later, but we were just wondering if we will be going to the Killing Fields museum? Be well and merry, Ali

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06/15/10

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Ali Stewart-Ito

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Cambodia Educator

Tentative Itinerary!

July 17: You will be picked up at Phnom Penh international airport and transferred to our Phnom Penh hotel. (Those who arrive early will be directed to meet at the hotel.) We will begin our orientation this evening over a welcome dinner and get to know the rest of the group.

July 18: In the morning, we will travel down to an eco-lodge nestled among pepper plantations in the hills near the coastal town of Kep.We will spend the day beginning or discussions about development and enjoying food from the adjacent organic farm.All meals at the eco-lodge will be family style, and we can spend the evening watching the stars and preparing for our first NGO visit in the morning.

July 19: We will take a short bike ride or a healthy stroll into the nearby town center to meet with members of Bridges Across Borders who have support educational and skills training centers in the area.We will learn about their comprehensive approach to development and the lessons they have learned in their work throughout Cambodia.

July 20: Our morning will include a visit to protected mangrove area supported by a community based tourism initiative in Kampong Sammaki.We will learn about the intersection of community activism, income-generating initiatives and aid work and the results they can have on environmental protection.We will stop for lunch in the river-side town of Kampot to meet with members of Epic Arts, and organization working to support deaf and disabled members of the community, before we journey back up to Phnom Penh.

July 21: Our first full day in the capital is one of the hardest of the trip as we visit sites from the Khmer Rouge period.Our guide for Tuol Sleng and “The Killing Fields” will help answer our questions about the 1975-1979 period whenchaos and fear ruled Cambodia and the subsequent years of war which still affect Cambodia today.We will enjoy meals at restaurants supporting skills training centers and a variety of NGO work, to contrast the look at the past with efforts aiming to improve the future. In the afternoon, we will visit with Cambodian Living Arts, an organization working to revive the traditional Cambodian arts.

July 22: We will venture 30km outside of the city to meet with a rural development organization where we can learn about water filtration, sanitation, and rural applicable technologies.We will learn lessons in development about ownership, community decision making, and holistic approaches to health education.Our afternoon will allow free time to explore the Royal Palace and National museum or stroll along the riverfront.Tonight’s dinner is on your own and you will have an array of delicious meals to choose from in the capital.

July 23: Today we will break up to meet with other organizations working in Phnom Penh. Our options might include social ventures, large international organizations, or government groups. In the evening, we will head out for our first night in a Cambodian homestay, about an hour outside of Phnom Penh.

July 24 & July 25: Our time in the countryside will be relaxed, give us a chance to learn more about Cambodia culture, and provide more time for reflections on development and development education.

July 26: In the morning, we will head up to Siem Reap where we will have a chance to meet with the team from PEPY, an educational development organization working in rural Siem Reap Province. Some of their staff will join us for dinner and sunset on a hill overlooking the Tonle Sap lake.

July 27: For those who want to see sunrise at Angkor Wat, we will organize a very early visit and tour of the most famous temple in the area.In the afternoon, we will visit two of the other most famous temples in the complex including Ta Prohm, famous for the trees which are reclaiming it, and Bayon for its many carved faces.

July 28: To escape the Siem Reap tourist crowds, we will head out to a more distant and tranquil temple called Banteay Chhmar. Along the way, we will stop in Sisaphon to have lunch with students from a local university and learn more about university life in Cambodia. In the evening, we will enjoy dinner by candle-light near the temples and spend a night in a local homestay.

July 29: In the morning, we will visit another nearby temple before visiting a silk farm where we can see the process from worm to scarf and all of the steps in-between…. Fascinating!We will also stop to visit the team from PEPY again, and learn more about educational systems in Cambodia. This will be a good time to reflect on h ow we can transition the education we are receiving to our students back at home.Tonight’s dinner will be on your own to explore the many culinary options available in Siem Reap.

July 30: Today will be a free day, to explore as you like. Some might choose to head back to the Angkor temples or visit the Angkor Museum while others may choose to visit the Landmine Museum to learn about the problems of landmine and unexploded ordinances throughout Cambodia and the world.We will have a final farewell dinner in Siem Reap in the evening.

July 31: We will provide transportation to any onward flights today or help give advice for further travels you might like to pursue in the areas.

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Tentative Itinerary

Daniela Papi,Cambodia EDUCATOR, Summer 2010

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Cambodia Educator Tentative Itinerary! July 17: You will be picked up at Phnom Penh international airport and transferred to our Phnom Penh hotel. (Those who arrive early will be directed to meet at the hotel.) We will begin our orientation this evening over a welcome dinner and get to know the rest of the group. […]

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06/11/10

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Daniela Papi

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Hello everyone!

Continuing the introductions that have already begun, I will tell you a little bit about me... My name is Kate and I am currently a French teacher at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT, which is an internationalindependant boarding school. My son Ryan (age 6) and I moved here in 2008 from Nice, France, where he was born, and where I lived for 13 years. Having essentially spent one half of my life on one continent and the other half on another continent, I have picked up the strange habit of easily letting go of my culture and wanting to "fit in" wherever I go. I am excited about this course not only because of what we will be learning, yet also because it will give us the opportunity to not just be tourists.

As a teacher in France, I led student trips to America, and now that I am used to my new school, I am hoping to lead trips to France and other French-speaking countries.Since I like to learn as much as I can about each place I visit, I tend to stay a little longer than usual and have not yet traveledto many places, but I'm only 32 and hope to have many more opportunities in the future! I've been to most of the European countries surronding France and will add Iceland to that list this summer before going to Asia, where I have never been.

Last summer I got my first taste of international volunteer work when I lived with a family in a remote part of Haiti and worked at the village school for three weeks. This was truly an amazing experience and it broke my heart when it became impossible for me to go back there this summer. I learned so much about this amazing country, its people and its language. The family I lived with wereincredible teachers of every day life, and it is thanks to them that I learned to speak Haitian Creole, which has allowed me to translate for a few earthquake refugees here in our state, to help with the basic details of getting settled into a new place.

Since I enoyed volunteering so much, I cannot imagine traveling without working now! After our course, I will be heading off to Sen Monorom in Eastern Cambodia so that I can be useful to the Bunong tribe there. I am so excited about my month-long stay in Cambodia and hope to learn as much as I can before flying back to my son and telling him all about this summer's adventures!

Are you ready?!

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Ready to go!

Kathryn Delacourt,Cambodia EDUCATOR, Summer 2010

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Hello everyone! Continuing the introductions that have already begun, I will tell you a little bit about me… My name is Kate and I am currently a French teacher at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT, which is an internationalindependant boarding school. My son Ryan (age 6) and I moved here in 2008 from […]

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06/9/10

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Kathryn Delacourt

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We are really excited about your upcoming trip. I wanted to pass on a recent letter to the editor which was featured in the Phnom Penh Post as I think it is relevant to the lessons we will be learning on our course.

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2010060339459/National-news/ngos-must-adapt-new-development-strategies.html

Share your thoughts and experiences around NGO work if you have the time! I look forward to meeting you soon.

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Gettting Excited!!!

Daniela Papi,Cambodia EDUCATOR, Summer 2010

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Hello Cambodian Educator Team! We are really excited about your upcoming trip. I wanted to pass on a recent letter to the editor which was featured in the Phnom Penh Post as I think it is relevant to the lessons we will be learning on our course. http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2010060339459/National-news/ngos-must-adapt-new-development-strategies.html Share your thoughts and experiences around NGO […]

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06/9/10

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Daniela Papi

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Hi. I am Jake Jacobsen, and my wife (Susan Hardenbergh) and I are amazed to find ourselves preparing to travel to Cambodia in a few months! Susan and I will apparently be the "elders" of the group (I am 58, Susan 53), but working in education means we are used to living and traveling with much younger people. Perhaps we'll end up as the official uncle and aunt figures of the group! I have taught English for 30 years, and Susan (once an attorney) is the director of a local primary school here in Ojai, California. Our travel adventures have included Europe (a backpack honeymoon; a year's sabbatical in southern Spain), China (led a student tour back in 1987), Central America (I led a student group to Costa Rica several years ago), and East Africa (I studied in Uganda in the early 70's, and Susan and I worked in Kenya from '87 to '89). I have led three groups back to Kenya since then (safari travel). Southeast Asia will be new to us, and we can't wait. My teaching experience has included public school, independent day school, the International School of Kenya, and The Thacher School, an independent boarding school here in Ojai. For the past four years Susan has been the Director of the Monica Ros School here in town. We have a daughter studying wildlife biology at UVM and a 15-year-old son here at Thacher.

We spend a lot of our time camping, either backpacking or horse-packing, and can't wait to get back to the simple modes of international travel we enjoyed when we were younger! We also look forward to meeting and traveling both with the other educators in the course and the group leaders, who are clearly impressive people. The opportunities for cultural immersion in a very different part of the world are enticing, and though we will certainly be challenged, I have a great feeling about this journey. To be included in the inaugural Educators Course is an added excitement, to be sure. Susan and I can't wait to meet you all, either by this posting medium or in Phnom Penh. Can we hang out with some elephants, please?

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Cambodia EDUCATOR, Summer 2010

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Introducing Myself

Rod "Jake" Jacobsen,Cambodia EDUCATOR, Summer 2010

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Hi. I am Jake Jacobsen, and my wife (Susan Hardenbergh) and I are amazed to find ourselves preparing to travel to Cambodia in a few months! Susan and I will apparently be the "elders" of the group (I am 58, Susan 53), but working in education means we are used to living and traveling with […]

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05/22/10

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Rod "Jake" Jacobsen

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Hi All

Just a quick introduction from me. My name is Claire Bennett, I am originally from the UK and I have been living in Cambodia for nearly 2 years. I am currently working with the Cambodian Rural Development Team (www.crdt.org.kh), an organisation with the joint vision of poverty reduction and environmental education. I have been an adviser and capacity builder to the management of CRDT, but with the emphasis on partnerships and sharing skills, I have to say that a day never goes by without me learning something from this inspiring organisation and its people.

Before moving to Cambodia, I worked with a series of NGOs and education institutions, both in the UK and internationally. I have worked in Nepal, undertaking fieldwork in a range of areas with diverse organisations. In the UK I have worked in schools and with youth groups, with NGOs, coordinated a network and managed overseas projects. The bulk of my experience is in Development Education, most recently with Global Thinking (www.global-thinking.org.uk) and The Harambee Centre for Development and Environment Education (www.harambeecentre.org.uk), where I trained teachers and managed a regional strategy.

I am passionate about global equality and social justice, and these values drive all the work I do. I am so excited about this trip, it will be a fantastic opportunity to think more deeply about our role as educators in creating a better world and fostering global citizenship. It will also be a great opportunity for me to really explore Cambodia – I’m embarrassed to admit that after 2 years I still haven’t had time to see much of the nature and heritage of this stunning country.

Can’t wait to meet all of you!

Claire

claire_bennett@crdt.org.kh

+855 17 854 822

+855 979 164 136

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Instructor Introduction

Claire Bennett,Cambodia EDUCATOR, Summer 2010

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Hi All Just a quick introduction from me. My name is Claire Bennett, I am originally from the UK and I have been living in Cambodia for nearly 2 years. I am currently working with the Cambodian Rural Development Team (www.crdt.org.kh), an organisation with the joint vision of poverty reduction and environmental education. I have […]

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05/17/10

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Claire Bennett

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