Witness Cambodia’s hidden history and emerging cultural renaissance. Experience the buzz of capital city Phnom Penh, explore the ancient Angkor Temple complex, and relax in the pristine culture of Kep Beach. The Cambodia Alive! Spring and Summer trips offer an insider’s understanding of the richness of Khmer spirit over time and place. We explore themes of French colonialism, the U.S. bombing of the countryside during the Vietnam War, the Khmer Rouge genocide and the transcendent healing found through the Buddhist tradition. Witnessing the incredible performances of Cambodian Living Arts and volunteering with local children provides unforgettable lessons in the regenerative power of the cultural arts. We fly to charming riverside Siem Reap for a life-changing experience at the 7th wonder of the world, Angkor Wat. Here, we serve Cambodia’s most marginalized people — those injured by landmines — and understand the power of socially-responsible tourism to provide prosperity for the next generation. We explore delightful colonial Kampot city en route to the environmental gems at Kep Beach ecological preserve. Our insider’s approach introduces students to real-life local and international heroes, reconciling the gentle spirits of modern-day Cambodians with the genocide. Ultimately, students acquire a rare understanding of the transcendent human spirit, journey to recovery from both civil and invasive war.
Our meaningful engagement with kind-hearted locals brings the diverse realities of Cambodia to life: family farmers, genocide survivors, humanitarians, factory workers, artists and scholars. Travelers understand history of Cambodia at the local, regional, and global levels. Go Deep: innovate social entrepreneurial ideas in a land resonating resiliency of the human spirit.
• Explore Phnom Penh’s urban buzz
• Boat the mighty Mekong River at sunset
• Tuk-Tuk ride through charming colonial streets
• Savor gourmet French fusion cuisine
• Volunteer at preschools with local children
• Interact with gentle elephants and learn about the industries that utilize them
• Understand history and healing at the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Prison
• Meditate in serene monasteries
• Photograph mysterious Angkor Wat at sunrise, 7th Wonder of the World
• Visit floating villages on the legendary Tonle Sap Lake
• Shop modern and traditional markets
• Inspire yourself with music and dance workshops
• Relax on breathtaking beaches
• Volunteer with landmine victims
• Trek through vibrant coastal rainforest
• Enjoy insider’s access to genocide survivors, artists and local heroes
We are so impressed with the student travelers of Peace Works Travel. They came to Southeast Asia seeking to understand and help with the challenges of land-mined-Cambodia and the UXO-littered country of Laos. It’s incredible how they have already developed an awareness of war and an intellectual curiosity and exercised the act of social responsibility at such a young age.
Bill Morse, Director Cambodian Landmine Museum, Siem Reap
My Peace Works Travel tour taught me about my uncle’s military service of Vietnam. I appreciate his sacrifice for our country so much more now than before the trip.
Briggs Boss, Sophomore, Thacher School
This is truly the trip of a lifetime. Every day gets better and our guides make us feel like family.
Stacy Serrette, Teacher and Dean of Student Life, Emma Willard School
Peace Works Travel students are doing what we should all strive for everyday: learn from history and engage with dialogues of conflict resolution. That's the only way to prevent the next genocide from happening.
Paul Rusesabagina, Real-life Hotel Rwanda hero who saved over 1200 people during the Rwandan genocide.
You opened our eyes to the tragedy created from a war long ago. As a family, we have had many discussions inspired by the trip. There is nothing better than sitting around and having your kids interact in intellectual conversations. Many thanks for adding new food for thought to our kitchen table.
Shirley Hahn, Beverly Hills, California
History teacher-turned social entrepreneur makes an impact on educational travel scene.
The Santa Barbara Independent
After visiting the Killing Fields, we restored our hope with a volunteer project teaching English to kids. I understood how humans can heal from tragedy: We must all invest in the hopes of a new generation.
Alex Greer, Junior, Laguna Blanca School
The Vietnamese veterans shared stories about the War, ideas about a bright future for the next generation and how it feels to connect with those they fought. It was fascinating to hear their insights. The students were awestruck.
Kelly Bennett, history teacher, Santa Barbara Middle School
Vietnam was a name I had grown up hearing: a place my father had tried to avoid, a war my mom protested against, the battlefield where my uncle lost his sight to a landmine. When my school announced the spring trip, I knew I had to go. It was the best experience of my entire life.
Alexandra Kall, Francis Parker School
Volunteering at the Peace Works Travel Village was life-changing for my students. After learning about chemical warfare they discovered we can actually "do something" for the children living with the legacy of Agent Orange. I am forever grateful for this experience.
Spencer Barr, English Teacher, Santa Barbara High School, California
I had never led a group outside the country before. Your organization and planning and daily programing is so excellent. I will definitely do this again. Thanks so much.
Stacy Serrette, Director of Student Life, Emma Willard School
Another great day yesterday. We saw the body of Ho Chi Minh and learned more about his philosophy of bringing the government close to the ordinary people, how he lived in such simple quarters to make that point, and how the country evolved from independence from the French. Our students asked such great questions that integrated their thinking on policies and personalities. It’s clear they are connecting the various stories of Vietnam together in a more comprehensive picture of the war.
Eric Taylor, Francis Parker School, San Diego, California
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