This past summer, I spent three months in Phnom Penh. I learned an overwhelming amount about Cambodian culture, politics, and society. While living in the city, I immersed myself in daily life including shopping at the markets in my neighborhood, trying different foods, and exploring art and landmarks such as Wat Phnom. Through my time here, I gained a greater sense of independence and a broader sense of the global climate.
MCO paired me with an internship at a clinic in Phnom Penh where I learned about clinical healthcare, neglected tropical diseases, and the Cambodian healthcare system. I also met with partners within the city to complete a status report on antibiotic resistance in Cambodia and to create an educational pamphlet about the topic.
I was very satisfied with the living arrangements MCO found for me - my apartment had all basic amenities and was a very comfortable. After getting over the heat and humidity, I found it very easy to acclimate to the environment and would love to go back!