Cambodia

Ancient & Emergent

A 12-Day Adventure For Adults

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Duration
12 Days
Description

Step into the heart of Southeast Asia’s forgotten gem: explore the ancient ruins of Angkor, nourish yourself at a Buddhist monastery, and delve into the nuances of development in post-conflict Cambodia.

Dates

Jan 15 - Jan 27, 2019


Suggested Ages

Adult Participants

Number of Participants

8-12


Availability

open

Begins In

16 Weeks

Tuition

$4,795


Estimated Flight Cost

$2,100

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Program Overview

IN A LAND CELEBRATED FOR THE TEMPLES OF ANGKOR AND WRESTLING WITH THE COMPLEXITIES OF ITS RECENT PAST,


Cambodia is a nation of stark contrast.  Among the world’s most poignant examples of the limitations of international aid and development, Cambodia is also an exemplar of the triumphs of peace and conflict reconciliation.  Participants on the Cambodia adult program gain firsthand insight into contemporary issues through engagement with activists and experts committed to improving the state of the nation.

Our journey takes us from the bustling, increasingly chic neighborhoods of Phnom Penh, to the mist-shrouded temples of Angkor,  to the idyllic shores of the Gulf of Thailand. We visit major cultural and historical sites, including remote jungle-encrusted temples and  infamous Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge, to better understand the complex trajectory of Cambodia’s push toward modernity. This program is designed to be a…

Cambodia is a nation of stark contrast.  Among the world’s most poignant examples of the limitations of international aid and development, Cambodia is also an exemplar of the triumphs of peace and conflict reconciliation.  Participants on the Cambodia adult program gain firsthand insight into contemporary issues through engagement with activists and experts committed to improving the state of the nation.

Our journey takes us from the bustling, increasingly chic neighborhoods of Phnom Penh, to the mist-shrouded temples of Angkor,  to the idyllic shores of the Gulf of Thailand. We visit major cultural and historical sites, including remote jungle-encrusted temples and  infamous Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge, to better understand the complex trajectory of Cambodia’s push toward modernity. This program is designed to be a profound journey into the heart of Southeast Asia’s forgotten gem, weaving meaningful interactions with Buddhist monks, burgeoning entrepreneurs, and host families into a tapestry of cultural exploration and spiritual inquiry.

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Program Components

4/5
Comparative Religion

Gain insight into the tenets of Theravada Buddhism, mindfulness and meditation. Visit temples, speak with monks, cultivate personal daily practice.

5/5
Development Studies

Learn about local human rights issues, political representation, international aid, sustainable development, foreign investment and local initiatives.

5/5
Focus Of Inquiry

Examine history, politics and peace & conflict studies in a country undergoing extreme transformation. Analyze orphanage tourism, human trafficking, ecological preservation, and gender roles.

3/5
Homestay

Live with local families in traditional Khmer homes and surrender to the daily routine of the island of Koah Ksach Tonlea.

2/5
Independent Study Project (ISP)

On the island of Koah Ksach Tonlea, interview locals about topics of personal interest; projects often revolve around photojournalism, comparative analyses, personal experience and interviews

2/5
Language Study

Instruction in basic Khmer from a native speaker with regular opportunities to practice with locals

2/5
Learning Service

Examine service through a critical lens; help with group roles and assist your host family with daily household chores.

3/5
Ethical Travel

Moderately rugged bus and boat travel, semi-rural homestay and jungle trail walking

2/5
Day Hiking

Take short day hikes through the jungle; explore the temple complexes of Angkor by foot.