Dealing with the politics of NGOs certainly gave me insight into the true culture and society of Cambodia rather than what others may see from the outside. Also, living with a family allowed me to see the daily habits and how some traditions have remained the same and as close to one’s heart as they were 1,000 years ago. By attending a Khmer wedding with a close friend from Licadho and the Khmer New Year celebrations with [in-country coordinator] Sophak, I was able to feel a sense of belonging. By attending other festivities such as International Women’s Day at Boeung Kak Lake, I was able to feel a sense of community.
I am also deeply grateful for the opportunities this program has given me and would not change this experience for the world. I feel like because of this program’s connections and reputation, I was able to be placed in such an influential field practicum. I feel privileged and honored to have had the experience that I did for the past four months, knowing that these connections will last a lifetime.
Nichole B., Service-Learning Semester in Cambodia
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