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There once was a leader named Claire.

She desperately loved searching people's hair.

She found some lice

Which wasn't so nice,

But she didn't even charge a fare!

There once was a monk named Yut.

Mosquitoes had no reason to yell brute!

He's meditated for days

And mindful in all eight ways

And all the ladies have crushes because he's so cute.

There once was a dude named Chor

Who treated everyone like his bro.

He works for PEPY

An organization so lucky

To have someone who can stand on their dome.

There once was a dragon named Daniela.

She breathed fiery wisdom all around her(a).

She buzzed around all day

Finding the best way

For fixing Cambodia's environmental, educational, and political problems within a model of sustainable development.

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Leader Limericks

Colby Tucker,Cambodia: EDUCATOR, Summer 2011

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There once was a leader named Claire. She desperately loved searching people’s hair. She found some lice Which wasn’t so nice, But she didn’t even charge a fare! There once was a monk named Yut. Mosquitoes had no reason to yell brute! He’s meditated for days And mindful in all eight ways And all the […]

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08/2/11

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Colby Tucker

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I walked up the stairs on the bus and handed the attendent my ticket. "Please, here" he says pointing to seat eight. I'm on my way to Phnom Penh from Siem Reap. I'm usually not a fan of assigned seats on buses--anybump in the road orknee crushing reclinerseems exacerbated by the tight spaces and humid smell of the bus, but I've just been seated next to a girl, clearly a foreign traveller. (Who knows the possibilities of six hours on a bus?) She feels my pressence and adjusts herself from window gazing to a more friendly posture.I must have passed some sort of test--she takes the ear buds to her iPod out of her ears. Out of the corner of her eye I can tell she's very attractive. She twirls her headphones teasing me that she could, at any time, retreat to her traveling soundtrack. Yet, I cannot bring myself to break the awkward silence growing.
"How long have you been in Cambodia?" I hear. She breaks the silence!
"Two weeks," I respond. "And you?"
"Two and a half." The banter had been quick and light and her openness has just made her that much more attractive. Her fingers around her headphones slowed, but still they threaten.
I offered the next line of questioning, "What have you been up to in Cambodia?"
"I've been volunteering at orphanages." Oh the horror! Out of all seats of all the buses I happen to sit down next to a orphanage volunteer. How on Earth did this happen? My mind started to race and I felt my heart beating in my chest. I had just left the Dragons group 15 minutes ago and I was having THIS conversation. "I just spent two weeks at an orphanage in Siem Reap. What are you doing in Cambodia, travelling?" she continued.
My mind races on, trying to think three questions ahead. I know I have six hours of sitting next to this person and for my own sake of wanting a conversation with this girl, I needed to be diplomatic. "I've been part of a group studying development, sustainable development, and development," I stumble out.
"Hmm" she sounds absentmindedly. Her fingers still twirl, but the wheels in my head churn faster than ever.
"Tell me about your stay in the orphanage." At least this time I didn't sound like an idiot.
She spoke freely and openly, "Oh, it was great. I played with all the kids and they LOVED me. They made me tons of bracelets. It was hard when I left though. I had grown so attached to them! I`ll admit, I cried when I left."
"What about the kids?" I prodded lightly. "How`d they take it?"
"Oh they cried also. I think it was really hard for them too." She started to talk a little slower. Something of a realization seemed to have dawned on her. "Especially with all the volunteers coming and going."
Ok ok ok, enough story telling. Itturns out that she had just finishedcollege and is getting ready to head into a masters degree(read, educated) in speech pathology. After I really explained what I was up to in Cambodia, she asked me bluntly (yet a little shyly) about what I thought about "working in orphanages." She didn`t like that I called it orphanage tourism. But she admitted to wondering, along with her other orphanage participants, why the kids lived in filth and the manager had a computer and a car. When it became clear where I came down on orphanage tourism, she did exactly what Daniela predicted. "They didnt even know how to brush their teeth! At least, I taught them that." She was on her way to another orphanage in Phnom Penh and while I couldn`t persuade her not to go, she promised to spread the gospel. It was the classic do-gooder scenario. She spent all summer working towardsthis three week trip to Cambodiabefore school started again in the fall. She had TONS of luggage, which she said were clothing donations she collected from back home.
We talked much more aboutorphanages, adoption, and a whole host of other topics that weDragons covered. Oh! How can I forget girl talk. There was plenty of that too. She never did put her headphones on...
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Classic Bus ride to end trip

Colby Tucker,Cambodia: EDUCATOR, Summer 2011

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I walked up the stairs on the bus and handed the attendent my ticket. "Please, here" he says pointing to seat eight. I’m on my way to Phnom Penh from Siem Reap. I’m usually not a fan of assigned seats on buses–anybump in the road orknee crushing reclinerseems exacerbated by the tight spaces and humid […]

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08/2/11

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Colby Tucker

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Closing Ceremony

Ash Kaplan,Cambodia: EDUCATOR, Summer 2011

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08/1/11

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Ash Kaplan

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They brought me to the place where their ancestors were.

And spoke to me of ceremony and stone

While I walked the line between privilege and sin.

Their ancestors also spoke to me

In deep voices carved out of rock.

And until that point

I hadn’t realised

That their ancestors, were mine.

They spoke to me in drums and ancient words

Which fall between the lines of culture and shared humanity

And they healed me, and granted me permission

For my life, my celebrations and my joy.

I asked my ancestors

Why wait for me here?

Deep in the forest of an unknown land

Walking the line between understanding, and disbelief

And they answered

It was only here that you spoke to us.

They asked me to carry them with me

In voices carved on the inside of my bones

To offer them the void between my past and our future

To blur the line between self and other.

And I could not answer.

I left my ancestors there in that forest

Entrusting them to the roughened hand of an ancient being

You take better care of my ancestors than I do.

And when I looked into the hieroglyphs of your wrinkled eyes

I realised that my ancestors, were yours.

I let my ancestors remain in the forest

They hover on the line between vulnerability and resilience

For what use does our overcharged wireless world have for ancestors and ancient drums?

I could not answer.

They can take better care of my ancestors than I can.

Our world has already forgotten them.

Your ancestors spoke to me today.

And I could not answer.

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Ancestors

Claire Bennett,Cambodia: EDUCATOR, Summer 2011

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They brought me to the place where their ancestors were. And spoke to me of ceremony and stone While I walked the line between privilege and sin. Their ancestors also spoke to me In deep voices carved out of rock. And until that point I hadn’t realised That their ancestors, were mine. They spoke to […]

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07/31/11

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Claire Bennett

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Morning meditation kicked off our days at The Vine ecolodge in Kep province. Nestled in the foot of the Cardomom Mountains, surrounded by fruit groves and pepper plantations, it was an ideal retreat to kick off our journey.

We began our discussions on development with a visit to Bridges Across Borders in the nearby village of Charcar Bei, learning about community savings groups, English and computer technology classes and the dramatic rise in children's school attendance since the programme began just three years ago.

The zen vibe of the place was broken only by our own heated debates on development, as the group took on Jeff Sachs and William Easterly, going head-to-head on theories of development. The tension was broken by an afternoon trip to the beach at Kep, where we feasted on fresh pepper crab and prawns before taking a dip in the sea. Cambodia at its finest.

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Meditation and Debate

Lindsay Beck,Cambodia: EDUCATOR, Summer 2011

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Morning meditation kicked off our days at The Vine ecolodge in Kep province. Nestled in the foot of the Cardomom Mountains, surrounded by fruit groves and pepper plantations, it was an ideal retreat to kick off our journey. We began our discussions on development with a visit to Bridges Across Borders in the nearby village […]

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07/22/11

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Lindsay Beck

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Here we are in the capital of Phnom Penh. I was told not to miss getting up early one morning to participate in Khmer aerobics and dance at the Olympic Stadium (no, Cambodia never hosted the Olympics, yet still has this beautiful stadium named for the games). The class starts at 5:00 am. Having previously participated in many aerobics and dance activities stateside, I was hesitant to lose precious hours of sleep since our days are usually quite full.

Three days ago I decided I would get up at 6:00 and catch the last 30 minutes of this Khmer morning exercise. I fumbled and twisted off-beat trying to keep pace with the class. A young boy befirended my trying to teach me the moves. We were warmly welcomed into the group despite our uncoordinated and clumsy efforts. It was truly a FUN experience. I was so inspired by the morning routine, I returned yesterday as well. Today, I finally woke at 4:45 to arrive at the stadium by 5:00 for the full class of sunrise Khmer aerobic and dance. Tired and in a half-sleep state, I meandered through the still dark city streets. Quiet and calm pervaded. I passed the Buddhist temple where signs of morning movement were present. I began the climb to the upper and outer edges of the stadium to find close to 200 fellow aerobisizers beginning class. The speakers began to pulse music as our bodies followed. We danced and sweat as the first signs of morning sun launched an array of colors across the horizon. The energy continued for close to 2 hours. As I sit here typing, words don't seem to do justice to the experience of watching the sun rise of the city, accompanied by the energy and smiles of a stadium full of exercisers dancing and moving [post_title] => Khmer aerobics and dance [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => khmer-aerobics-and-dance [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2011-07-22 00:00:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 1970-01-01 00:00:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://yakyak.chandigarhsoftware.com/?p=43432 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 327 [name] => Cambodia: EDUCATOR, Summer 2011 [slug] => cambodia-educator-summer-2011 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 327 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 251 [count] => 17 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 18.1 [cat_ID] => 327 [category_count] => 17 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Cambodia: EDUCATOR, Summer 2011 [category_nicename] => cambodia-educator-summer-2011 [category_parent] => 251 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2011/cambodia-educator-summer-2011/ ) ) [category_links] => Cambodia: EDUCATOR, Summer 2011 )

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Khmer aerobics and dance

Ash Kaplan,Cambodia: EDUCATOR, Summer 2011

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Khmer Aerobics and Dance Here we are in the capital of Phnom Penh. I was told not to miss getting up early one morning to participate in Khmer aerobics and dance at the Olympic Stadium (no, Cambodia never hosted the Olympics, yet still has this beautiful stadium named for the games). The class starts at […]

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07/22/11

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Ash Kaplan

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The Cambodia Educator course has got off to a great start. This morning we went to a pagoda to be blessed by a monk for our journey. With such an auspicious start, how can the course be anything other than successful?

We now contact you from an incredibly beautiful eco-lodge in the coastal area of Kep - excited to experience and learn.

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Our journey is blessed

Claire Bennett,Cambodia: EDUCATOR, Summer 2011

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The Cambodia Educator course has got off to a great start. This morning we went to a pagoda to be blessed by a monk for our journey. With such an auspicious start, how can the course be anything other than successful? We now contact you from an incredibly beautiful eco-lodge in the coastal area of […]

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07/18/11

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Claire Bennett

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    [post_content] => Hello Dragons Educators - 

We are so excited to see you soon!

I sent a map to Smilies guesthouse in Siem Reap to your registered email address. For those people arriving on a flight on the 17th, we will be waiting for you with a sign at the airport. For those who are arriving early, please meet in the lobby of Smilies at 6pm on Sunday the 17th and look for the people in the Dragon's t-shirts!

We will meet there at 6pm, but a few of you are arriving in the evening on the 17th, and if that is you, then when we pick you up we'll see if you are up for going straight into town to join the crew!

We want to make it clear that Claire, Yut, and I are NOT experts in "development" by any means... we're just passionate about responsible and educational travel, sustainable development, and experiential learning. We know that many of YOU have far more teaching experience and unique development experience than we do, and we will be leaning on each of you to bring your unique talents to share with the team. We look forward to this fabulous soup we're making of people from far and near and are so excited to see you soon!

Safe travels and "AUKUN" for joining us!

- Yut, Claire, & Daniela

Cambodian numbers to call should you need us!
Daniela: +855-12-474-150
Yut: +855-12-348-683
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See you soon!

Daniela Papi,Cambodia: EDUCATOR, Summer 2011

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Hello Dragons Educators – We are so excited to see you soon! I sent a map to Smilies guesthouse in Siem Reap to your registered email address. For those people arriving on a flight on the 17th, we will be waiting for you with a sign at the airport. For those who are arriving early, […]

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07/15/11

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Daniela Papi

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Hello!

In 2009, I completed my bachelor’s degree in environmental science. Afterwards, I pursued an opportunity in Costa Rica where I was a research technician on an animal behavior project studying white-faced capuchin monkeys. Field science, whether studying environmental science, ecology, geology or any other “-ology,” has always been an interest of mine. As a teacher of chemistry and environmental science now in Pomfret, Connecticut, I struggle with bridging the gap not just between the classroom and the outdoors, but also beyond to major cities, countries, and the world.

After finishing my first year of teaching, I am drawn to Cambodia and this Dragons course for three somewhat separate reasons. First, I am looking forward to meeting other teachers who are involved in experiential education with their students. I feel there is in inherent paradox in teaching in a classroom while aspiring to create an experiential education framework. Second, I am curious to learn more about the balance between a developing and struggling economy and the pressure of sustainable development. Lastly, being raised Jewish I feel a strange interest in studying genocide. I have studied the Holocaust and the answers to those many questions never seem satisfactory. I am interested now in discovering the pathways to history’s repetition and how it can be avoided.

I look forward to meeting you all very soon!

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Hello!

Colby Tucker,Cambodia: EDUCATOR, Summer 2011

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Hello! In 2009, I completed my bachelor’s degree in environmental science. Afterwards, I pursued an opportunity in Costa Rica where I was a research technician on an animal behavior project studying white-faced capuchin monkeys. Field science, whether studying environmental science, ecology, geology or any other “-ology,” has always been an interest of mine. As a […]

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07/11/11

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Colby Tucker

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The summer is flying by, I can't believe we will all be meeting up in Cambodia in less than a week. As a former Dragons instructor (Mongolia '00, '02, '05) I am super excited to embark on a Dragons trip, this time as a participant.

After finishing my undergraduate degree, I worked with the Peace Corps in Mongolia for two years. I then continued working in Mongolia for the United Nations Development Program/World Bank sponsored Mongolia Biodiversity Project for an additional year, focusing on environmental education and public awareness programs.

I went back to school for a Master’s degree in education and began teaching ESL while pursuing my art on the side. Currently, I live in Boulder, Colorado and now teach visual arts to elementary and middle school students while also working as a professional artist.

I chose to go Cambodia, because this Dragon’s educator trip focuses on development issues, which have heavily influenced my art. Most of my work is a response to the effects of globalization and development on the natural environment and upon indigenous cultures. As globalization threatens to overwhelm the world via consumerism and environmental degradation, the question of how we preserve ethnic identities and natural environments has become a significant issue in my thoughts and artwork. During my travels around the world and my time living in Mongolia, I have become increasingly aware of the conflicting relationship between nature and culture. The viral effects of globalization are rapidly destroying unique ethnic cultures and replacing them with homogenized consumer based cultures that expel vast amounts of unnecessary waste in our environments where it will remain for countless generations.

I am looking forward to traveling and learning in Cambodia with you all.

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jessica moon bernstein,Cambodia: EDUCATOR, Summer 2011

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The summer is flying by, I can’t believe we will all be meeting up in Cambodia in less than a week. As a former Dragons instructor (Mongolia ’00, ’02, ’05) I am super excited to embark on a Dragons trip, this time as a participant. After finishing my undergraduate degree, I worked with the Peace […]

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07/9/11

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jessica moon bernstein

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