Archer School for Girls - Cambodia - November 2017
November 6, 2017
Pre-departure: The crew of travelers:
November 8, 2018 : Pre-departure
Hello by Video: Connecting with students in Cambodia before we meet in person!
November 12, 2017
Day 1 -We Made It!
We’ve just spent a spectacular day exploring Phnom Penh and enjoying extraordinary meals. Now we get to indulge in a long night of sleep in preparation for tomorrow’s adventures.
So much more to come.
November 13, 2017
Day 2: Our First Full Day
November 14, 2017
Day 2: Monkeys: Peaceful Agitation
Connecting with Arn Chorn Pond: An Absolute Honor
November 15, 2017
Day 3: Balancing the Heavy and the Hope
In the afternoon, we went to a school in a rural area to spend time with the children. We read to them and played games. The director’s mission really hit close to home for me, personally, because his goal is to educate his community, Cambodian children especially. Education will allow them to dream and make their dreams a reality. It made me realize that we are so fortunate and privileged to a) live in a country that makes going to school mandatory and b) that we have access to a quality education. Seeing them in their classrooms, joyful and curious, was a great way to balance our earlier trip with positivity and a sense of hope. It was just incredibly touching to see the children with a kind of hope, glimmer, kindness, and curiosity in their eyes.
Last but not least, my favorite moment of the day was hearing one of our awesome guides, Tola, sing a Khmer song on the bus! His voice is so beautiful!!! We are leaving for Siem Reap tomorrow and I’m going to miss our guides so much!!! Parents, I hope you haven’t been too worried because we are in excellent hands. They’ve truly touched all of our lives, and we will never forget them. Last night, I went to bed with a heavy heart. Tonight, I will go to bed a little more at peace.
By Madison Tyler