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Learn about human rights and international development while explore the natural beauty of Cambodia. Wake up early to catch the sunrise over the overgrown temples of Angkor Wat, and learn about the ecological and architectural wonders of the Angkor civilization. You'll unpack the legacy of the Khmer Rouge and also gain insight into Theraveda Buddhism.
Visit the floating villages of Lake Tonle Sap, as you dive into the effects of upriver dams and discuss environmental issues that are critical to food security in Cambodia. Meet with NGO representatives working on education, child rights, and anti-orphanage initiatives in the city of Battambang.
Explore Phnom Penh, an emerging city home to artists and activists, where you'll learn more about the impacts of the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia's current political landscape. End your trip with a trip to Kampot, a costal village to celebrate your time together and reflect on all you learned.
In some cases, students may be advised not to speak about their sexual orientations and/or gender identities with local contacts (such as homestay families, ISP mentors, language teachers, and guest speakers) due to safety concerns. Likewise, transgender and non-binary students may have to choose to present outwardly as male or female in certain contexts during the program. In other cases, “coming out” to some or all host community members may be a safe choice.
Learning Service is a holistic experience that combines an intimate and authentic engagement with the local community, the study of effective development, and the contribution to an established community-driven project. It is the process of living, working alongside, and humbly absorbing the culture of those being served while coordinating closely with project managers to understand the trajectory of the project, from inception to completion and beyond. It is an acknowledgment that often it is the volunteer who stands to gain as much or more from the work. And it is a commitment to making contributions that create positive impacts in the communities coupled with the humility to always listen and learn first.
- Catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat before cycling around the temple complex with a guide contemplating ancient Angkorian history.
- Speak with local and international NGO representatives in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap to learn about contemporary issues ranging from: land rights abuses, women’s rights issues, the garment industry, access to education, WASH initiatives, LGBTQIA+ movement,
- Be welcomed into a lively rural homestay community and spend a week immersing yourself in the daily life and rhythm of your host family
- Swim in the Andaman Sea while unpacking the grim realities of marine conservation in Southeast Asia.
- Sit with a panel of monks in Battambang to understand the realities of Theravada Buddhism and learn simple insight meditation techniques to bring you to the present moment.
Where There Be Dragons Financial Aid & 529 Funds
Where There Be Dragons offers need-based financial aid to students that demonstrate reasonable financial need and are excited to engage with communities around the world.