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Today we arrived back in the capital after several days out in more rural areas in south Cambodia. For the last two nights we have been hosted by families living in the national park of Kirirom: trekking through rainforest, gazing at beautiful waterfalls, teaching new games to local children and living simply in wooden stilted houses. Today is Lori's birthday, which we celebrated with pizazz (and a big cake!) along with members of her Cambodian family. Here is a picture along with some others taken over the past few days of adventures. Phnom Penh promises to hold much more... [post_title] => Some memories from the past few days [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => some-memories-from-the-past-few-days [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-07-08 09:15:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-07-08 15:15:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=87610 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 233 [name] => Cambodia Educator [slug] => cambodia-educator [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 233 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 253 [count] => 15 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 12.1 [cat_ID] => 233 [category_count] => 15 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Cambodia Educator [category_nicename] => cambodia-educator [category_parent] => 253 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/cambodia-educator/ ) ) [category_links] => Cambodia Educator )
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Some memories from the past few days

Chor, Daniela and Claire,Cambodia Educator

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Today we arrived back in the capital after several days out in more rural areas in south Cambodia. For the last two nights we have been hosted by families living in the national park of Kirirom: trekking through rainforest, gazing at beautiful waterfalls, teaching new games to local children and living simply in wooden stilted […]

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07/8/13

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Chor, Daniela and Claire

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    [post_content] => The whole educator team met today to begin our exciting whirlwind journey through the complex and magical kingdom of Cambodia. After sampling some of the countries most famed delicacies, such as ants eggs and silk worms (yes! really!) we dived right into a talk on recent history and current politics with travel writer Nick Ray. Then we stopped at a Wat for a traditional Cambodian blessing, before making our way down to the secluded south coast. We now write to you from a beautiful ecolodge located in a pepper plantation. We have been getting to know the space and the group, and tomorrow we will continue with orientation and maybe get the chance to see the pristine white beaches...

We will keep you updated as the adventure unfolds!
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Embarking on an educator journey..

Daniela, Chor and Claire,Cambodia Educator

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07/2/13

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Daniela, Chor and Claire

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    [post_content] => Hi, All,

I am sitting here looking wistfully at the red yarn that the young Buddhist monk tied around my wrist as a blessing at the beginning of the first full day of last year’s journey through Cambodia, and I’m thinking that right about now (or soon) you will be receiving such a blessing, too.  What an experience awaits you!  The blessing of  Cambodia – all that it showed me and challenged me to see – will never leave me.

On the most concrete level, you will be able to point to the ways in which the Dragons experience re-focused your thinking about curriculum, taught you how to make an affordable water filter system, plant rice, eat exotic fruits, or introduced you to the open fun of a tuk tuk ride.  You will hold the Killing Fields, the Land Mine Museum, and conversations with the leaders of the emergent Cambodia in your memories forever.  You will see first-hand the power of social media in the third world.  You will have a keener sense of your own first-world good fortune than you have ever had before.  You will wrestle with what it means to give, to build, to help in truly meaningful and lasting ways.  You will marvel at Ankar Wat and the magnificent history it represents and at the sheer beauty of the country and its people and then struggle to reconcile that marveling with the deep poverty and cruelties, historical and every-day, that you see.   You will rethink your notions of happiness when you see how so many of the people you meet manage to retain their sense of generosity and hope in the face of such seeming oppression.

Recently, the New York Times ran a piece on the enriching disorientations of travel, the powerful ways in which those disorientations cause new synapses to fire, new neural pathways to open, and in so doing make us better, deeper, more nimble thinkers.  Cambodia will definitely have that effect.  To get the full value of that effect, plunge into every aspect of the next two-plus weeks.  To use a phrase that gets a lot of play in school culture, lean into the discomforts that will inevitably arise from towels the size of postage stamps to extremely hot rooms to sporadic internet access.  Try the different foods you are offered (you can draw the line at the road-side deep-fried spiders if you must) and learn to appreciate the unremitting presence of rice in your diet.  If you visit the subsistence farming village in the Mekong (and I really hope you do), make every effort to communicate with your host family, take the time to work through the translations from English to Khmer, even if you are doing so while sitting cross-legged, sweating buckets, on the floor of your host’s home.  Don’t let your mind wander to thoughts of pressing a cool drink to your forehead.  Stay in the moment; there is so much there.

Even more importantly, jump in, lean in emotionally and philosophically.  Trust enough in the experience and in the wonderful care of your guides and leaders to let yourself be vulnerable, particularly in these first days when your group is forming its identity as a community.  Allow all of your assumptions about goodness and fairness to be challenged; allow them to be enlarged not only by this complicated, post-genocidal country but by the differences of perspective and opinion within the group.  I took several risks during my Cambodia experience, shared some things about myself that I had never shared, articulated some feelings I had never articulated before (even for myself), and am so grateful now that I did.  No small part of the growth I experienced in Cambodia occurred because of those moments.  Finally, you will encounter many difficult, serious, upsetting things during your time in Cambodia; you will have good reason to go through your days with a grim set to your jaw.  Resist that temptation.  Have some fun, be goofy, keep a little jingle in your pocket.  Doing so will help keep you refreshed and energized for the very real and challenging things you see. It will also ensure that your group bonds.

I apologize for not being able to send this note to you sooner.  I could cite the exigencies of year-end time drags, but the other truth is that I couldn’t enter the writing of this note lightly; the experience of Cambodia was that rich and, brief though this note might be, I wanted to do at least minimal justice to that experience.  I found that Cambodia gave me so much to think about that I had to store it in my memory banks, bringing it out only when I had enough emotional energy and space to give it a full look again.  That’s the beauty and the enduring value of the experience.  In the next few weeks, I plan to pull out photos and journal entries and, in effect, trace in memory what you are now living.  I hope that next year at this time you will be able to take that same sort of “virtual trip.”   Have a wonderful, transformative time.

Take care,

Rod Skinner

Director of College Counseling

Milton Academy

Milton, MA

 
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Open Note to the Global Educators Traveling in Cambodia from Rod Skinnner ’12

aaron,Cambodia Educator

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Hi, All, I am sitting here looking wistfully at the red yarn that the young Buddhist monk tied around my wrist as a blessing at the beginning of the first full day of last year’s journey through Cambodia, and I’m thinking that right about now (or soon) you will be receiving such a blessing, too.  […]

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07/2/13

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aaron

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I hope everyone is having a good morning recuperating from some lovely plane adventures! I wanted to take a quick minute to introduce myself before we all officially meet.

I am a teacher, adventurer and student of life in general. Being open to what ever life throws has led me to places, friendships, jobs, and philosophies of daily life far greater and much more interesting than I ever could have imagined on my own.  New Orleans, Louisiana is my original stomping ground, however I feel lucky to call the mountains and community of Western North Carolina home now.  I teach math, art, and outdoor skills at a semester school called The Outdoor Academy. As an educator, I'm very passionate about experiential education and building connections for my students between the new skills they are a gaining and the application of these skills in the world. I get particularly excited when I can help students see their new knowledge applied to topics they are passionate about, such as using vectors to research the effectiveness of different paddling strokes or linking exponential functions to climate change. Hopefully, I will find more connections along those lines during our travels here!

I'm so excited to meet all of you in a few hours and start this amazing journey together!

Lea hoey,

Laura


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Hello!

Laura Kraus,Cambodia Educator

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Hello! I hope everyone is having a good morning recuperating from some lovely plane adventures! I wanted to take a quick minute to introduce myself before we all officially meet. I am a teacher, adventurer and student of life in general. Being open to what ever life throws has led me to places, friendships, jobs, […]

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06/30/13

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Laura Kraus

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    [post_content] => OK, OK, I know it’s last minute, but just in case anybody checks this before we meet, here I go: I am Lorilyn Parmer, also known as Lorilyn Parmer Folks, or just Lori. I am a lifelong adventurer, parent, and multi-faceted professional - currently my roles include educator-activist, writer and coach.

I'm joining the Cambodia Educator course because I strongly believe in the power of cross-cultural experiential learning to change lives and change the world. I hope that this will be central to the next reinvention of myself in the coming year, when I’ll be moving to southeast Asia to join my husband who is now living and working in Singapore. I also need a break from my stressful, chaotic life dealing with a family in transition in northern California, which involves living with a teenager and octogenarian and orchestrating a multi-stage, multi-directional, international move.

Looking ahead, I hope to be working in the fields of international development or education, perhaps in development education. It feels like moving to Singapore will give me an opportunity to carry on my life's work - combining my passions for authentic international adventure, meaningful cross-cultural connections, and lifelong learning and personal growth.

I am really looking forward to this trip. I hope to share some of what I’ve learned through my many years of travel and work in the developing world, including:
- experience with cross-cultural exchange and international development programs, including a variety of positions with NGO’s in Africa and Asia
- leadership and advocacy for new approaches to teaching, learning and personal development - expertise in alternative education and training/experience as life coach
- my decades-long personal connection to Cambodia - in addition to professional contacts in Cambodia, I have an extended family of Khmer brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and cousins, survivors of the Pol Pot time and their children who are living in the US and Cambodia. Perhaps you’ll get to meet some of them in Phnom Penh!

I hope to learn from our instructors, fellow educator-explorers, and the people we meet along the way. And I hope to relax and enjoy the new experiences, soak in new knowledge and perspectives, and perhaps develop lasting relationships with new colleagues and friends.

Looking forward to meeting you all soon and embarking on our learning adventure!
Lorilyn
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Another Introduction

Lorilyn Parmer,Cambodia Educator

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OK, OK, I know it’s last minute, but just in case anybody checks this before we meet, here I go: I am Lorilyn Parmer, also known as Lorilyn Parmer Folks, or just Lori. I am a lifelong adventurer, parent, and multi-faceted professional – currently my roles include educator-activist, writer and coach. I’m joining the Cambodia […]

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06/28/13

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Lorilyn Parmer

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My name is Maria Shepard, and I am a History teacher at Princeton Day School in New Jersey. My husband, Dave Freedholm, and I are looking forward to our upcoming trip to Cambodia and to meeting the instructors and participants.  The idea of visiting Cambodia is one that I have had in the back of my mind for many years.  I am interested in learning more about the country's history, culture, and people and about efforts to rebuild and transform the nation.  I plan on using this experience to inform my teaching of World History, US History, and Asian Studies.  I also see it as an opportunity to shape my understanding of global citizenship and how it can be developed in our school's curriculum.  Finally, I hope to return to Cambodia with a group of students in the near future.

See you soon!

Maria
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Introduction

Maria Shepard,Cambodia Educator

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Hello everyone, My name is Maria Shepard, and I am a History teacher at Princeton Day School in New Jersey. My husband, Dave Freedholm, and I are looking forward to our upcoming trip to Cambodia and to meeting the instructors and participants.  The idea of visiting Cambodia is one that I have had in the […]

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06/25/13

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Maria Shepard

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I'm a teacher at Princeton Day School in Princeton, NJ. My wife, Maria (also a teacher), and I are really looking forward to our trip to Cambodia! I teach World Religions and Asian Studies at PDS and am especially excited to be learning about Cambodian history, religion, and culture this summer. I hope that my teaching and my life will be enriched by our experience together in Cambodia. I'm definitely psyched to meet you all!

Dave
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Introduction

Dave Freedholm,Cambodia Educator

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Hi All: I’m a teacher at Princeton Day School in Princeton, NJ. My wife, Maria (also a teacher), and I are really looking forward to our trip to Cambodia! I teach World Religions and Asian Studies at PDS and am especially excited to be learning about Cambodian history, religion, and culture this summer. I hope […]

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06/25/13

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Dave Freedholm

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    [post_content] => Cambodia is a country that has gone through so many difficult times in the past. For example war with neighboring countries, wars between it owns citizens and being colonized by other countries.

Around 35 years ago, this country experienced the black period of the Khmer Rouge dictatorship. Cambodians fought against their own people. Most of the of educated people like doctors, professors, teachers, students and anyone who could read and write were killed. About a quarter of the population died because of war, starvation and disease and most of them were the important resources of the country. Because of what happened in the past it shapes the country to what it today.

Right now Cambodia began again to build the country up slowly.

I would never want my country or the world to experience what we experienced in the Khmer Rouge Regime, and hope that we all will learn this lesson not repeat the same mistakes.

My name is Chor. I have been leading trip for Where There Be Dragon since 2011 and I truly love it. I am working full time with PEPY Tours. Before working with PEPY Tours, I was doing a few different jobs. I was teaching in the local primary school in my village, I was teaching English for an organization called PUAAI for ECCC for nearly 4 years and doing a few other different things.

I have a very big dream and my dream is to see every single of us taking a piece of responsibility and finding the way to solve whatever problems that we are facing, whether in our own communities, our own country, or the world.

I believe that school is everywhere if we are willing to learn. Through education and taking positive action for change, any of country in the world can achieve positive change.

I am so excited and looking forward to work with the two fabulous co-instructors Claire and Daniela and to show all the educators around my country!

Chor
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Instructors Introduction

Choch Chor,Cambodia Educator

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Cambodia is a country that has gone through so many difficult times in the past. For example war with neighboring countries, wars between it owns citizens and being colonized by other countries. Around 35 years ago, this country experienced the black period of the Khmer Rouge dictatorship. Cambodians fought against their own people. Most of […]

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06/12/13

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Choch Chor

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Our plan is as follows!

July 1st - We'll provide final details information for where and when we will meet as a group. If you haven't submitted your flight itineraries, please do! We'll meet in Phnom Penh where we will gather briefly before soon departing for our two days of orientation in a pepper farm outside of the coastal town of Kep. Our first few days will be about getting to know each other, exploring some of the development issues which will become themes for our course, and will serve as a soft landing into what, for many of you, might be a new country to explore.

Our next few days will be in a community homestay near Kirirom mountain, where there is a clear demarkation between the community protected lands and the areas where logging continues to damage the forests. We'll learn more about how this community is using tourism as a fuel for conservation, while also having a chance to explore rural Cambodian life through our homestay visits.

We'll leave the peaceful forrest and head into the (sometimes surprising organized) chaos of Phnom Penh. Cambodia's capital and largest city is bursting with people, buildings, smells, food, and traffic! We'll leave the bus behind and travel by tuk tuk through most of the city, visiting with a number of non-profits, social ventures, and government groups to get a better understanding of the opportunities and issues facing Cambodia today.

From Phnom Penh, we'll head up along the Tonle Sap River towards Battambang, another bustling city, but this time with less tourists, less glitz, and a lot more students. We'll learn a bit more about Buddhism, and those who choose to might want to explore the city by bike.

We'll head out to a final homestay night next to Bantay Chhmar Temple on our way to Siem Reap, but before we get to our final destination we'll stop in Kralanh to visit PEPY NGO, where all of the instructors have worked. We'll learn a bit more about education in Cambodia before heading into the bustling tourist mecca of Siem Reap. Despite the hype, we hope you'll find the Angkor Temples to be worth the wait. We'll wrap up our time together by reflecting on our journey and, by then, we will hopefully all feel much more connected to Cambodia, our areas of inquiry, and each other!

For those who would like to stay longer, we can recommend hotels or other travel options when we are in Siem Reap.

And Here is a Day-by-Day overview with places:

1st July- KEP Ecolodge

2-KEP

3- Kirirom- Home-stay

4- Kirirom- Home-stay

5- Phnom Penh

6-PP

7-PP

8-PP

9-Battambang

10- BB

11- Banteay Chma- Home-stay

12- Siem Reap

13-SR

14-SR

We look forward to seeing you all very soon!

 

- Daniela, Chor, and Claire
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Our Itinerary!

Instructor Team,Cambodia Educator

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Prior to your arrival in Cambodia, we wanted to give you a brief rundown the pillars of the itinerary we’re planning to follow during our trip together in July. With all Dragons trips, there is flexibility in the itinerary to adjust and redirect the course based on the experience of the group and the place, […]

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06/11/13

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Instructor Team

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My relationship with Cambodia is a strong and complex one. I moved there from my native UK in 2008 and stayed for nearly 3 years. Now I live in Nepal, another place I have a long history with and where I helped to found a non-profit (PHASE), but Cambodia runs deep in my blood and I still come back here several times a year.

Before moving to Asia I worked in the field of development education in my native UK. I was a teacher trainer for a national strategy to ‘embed a global dimension into every classroom’ and encountered many inspiring and innovative educators. I also worked with Global Youth Action, a project supporting disadvantaged youth to take action on global issues in their local community.

In Cambodia I worked with community development organization CRDT in the rural north-east of the country, as well as working with Daniela and Chor and other inspirational people at PEPY Tours. I started running trips with Dragons in 2010 when we ran the first educator course, and have run educator courses in Cambodia and Nepal and student courses in India and the Himalayas. I have deep faith in the transformative power of experiential education and of these unique and inspiring places. At the moment Daniela and I are writing a book on the complex topic of international volunteering, using a concept called Learning Service.

Cambodia is a country that leaves a lasting imprint. It is a country that can simultaneously teach you about humanity’s capacity for brutality and resilience, for despair and hope. It is a country that I feel privileged to have called home and a place to which I still maintain a deep connection, that I cannot wait to explore and share with you all.

As we journey around the wondrous Kingdom of Cambodia, we will invite you to be challenged, to reflect, and to learn with us. What an amazing opportunity to gather such incredible educators together to have these impactful and powerful discussions and experiences.

I can’t wait to read all your introductions and start getting to know you all soon!

Claire
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Instructor Introduction – Claire

Claire Bennett,Cambodia Educator

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Dear Educators My relationship with Cambodia is a strong and complex one. I moved there from my native UK in 2008 and stayed for nearly 3 years. Now I live in Nepal, another place I have a long history with and where I helped to found a non-profit (PHASE), but Cambodia runs deep in my […]

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06/10/13

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Claire Bennett

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