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  • Locations: Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Program Dates: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Payment Amount - Flight: $1,797.25 Payment Amount - Final Payment: $2,085.00
Payment Amount - First Deposit: $800.00
Program Description:
Program Leader: Aaron Orullian
Program Dates: June 25-July 5, 2018
Registration Deadline: March 26, 2018
Program Cost: $2,885.00 (+international airfare)

Program Highlights
This eleven-day journey connects students on a “people to people” exploration of the country’s history and emerging cultural renaissance through meaningful exchanges with local people. We start in Phnom Penh on our discovery of Cambodia’s complex past and transcendent spirit. Students experience the bustling capital and engage with Cambodian Living Arts, founded by Khmer Rouge genocide survivor Arn Chorn Pond. Students experience an insider’s look at his life detailed in the biographical novel, Never Fall Down. In Phnom Penh we learn about history with thoughtful visits to national museums, the notorious Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Prison. Ultimately, students understand the resiliency of the human spirit, celebrating Cambodia’s renaissance from horror to healing. We fly to Siem Reap where students learn about ongoing munitions removal issues with projects benefiting amputees and a visit to the Cambodian Landmine Museum. We balance our visit with exploration at the awe-inspiring Khmer Temples: Sunrise at the famous Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom and Bayon temple complexes. All activities, accommodations, restaurants and engagements with local NGO’s are “Child Safe” certified to ensure support and validation of Cambodia’s vulnerable youth.

Educational Summary
Throughout our travels in Cambodia, students will reflect upon the peoples, culture, customs, and history that characterize this diverse nation. As this trip is anchored in history, literature, culture, and modern-day economic realities, students are provided time and opportunity to document their learning adventures with daily journal reflections. Our meaningful engagement with notable locals brings the diverse realities of Cambodia to life: genocide survivors, humanitarians, merchants, artists, and scholars. Students and teachers will discuss the history of Cambodia at the local, regional, and global levels; socio-political and cultural standards of our host country, as well as share innovative ideas for social entrepreneurial opportunities. Particular attention will be given to the complex role of NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) operating in Cambodia. Friendships the students begin electronically with pen pals are solidified with meaningful face-to-face connections and bonding activities. Students emerge from their Cambodia Alive! trip as more attuned, ethical citizens of our global community. 

This program is currently not accepting applications.