Helping students at Chi Phat secondary school practice reading English
This summer, with funding from the US State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Youth Programs Division, 29 students and 5 educators from all over the U.S. traveled around rural Cambodia from June 13th - July 1st, 2011.
One of the highlights for the Learning AFAR students was getting to interact with local students their age. They learned everything from conservation efforts in that area, how to prepare and serve Cambodian cuisine (from a hospitality school that enables disadvantaged Cambodian youth to achieve economic independence using these skills), to exploring the rich culture and history the country has to offer (for example, visiting and restoring some of the temples of Angkor Wat).
Here is a quote from student Tierra Little (from Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota) of the Cambodia group:
"After the service projects at the Kampong Chheuteal High School, and talking to the students I realized that everyone here is trying to do better and succeed, but also maintain their culture and not lose they sense of identity of who they are, from the food to the traditional dances we have seen. And I felt a connection because it's what I'm trying to do and what a lot of people back home are trying to do."