Textile Factory Field Trip

At the clothing factory

Monday afternoon we heard about the textile industry from Anne Ziebarth, a legal consultant for Better Factories Cambodia, an organization that monitors working conditions for textile factories that export their goods to the U.S. and elsewhere. Between 80 and 90 percent of the clothing made in Cambodia is sent to the U.S., and sold at … Keep reading »

Trip to Kep and Rabbit Island

Pre-trip breakfast at RUPP

Over the weekend, we had our final group trip/exploration to Rabbit Island off the southwestern coast of Cambodia. It was a 3 1/2-hour trek by bus, so we breakfasted at the Royal University of Phnom Penh before heading out on the early-morning journey. After dropping off our bags at the Beach House Hotel, we boarded … Keep reading »

Adventure to Kampong Phluck

Loading into the Dump Truck

Among the most memorable parts of the Siem Reap field trip was Saturday’s grand adventure to Kampong Phluck, a village built on 20-foot stilts right along the Tonle Sap. Two students — most likely Julian and Annalisa — will do their service assignments at the village, teaching English and possibly basic computer skills. The village … Keep reading »

Visiting Angkor Wat

Working out transport at Angkor Wat

One of the highlights of the SST Cambodia experience is visiting the ancient temples of the Angkor Wat temple complex, the subject of much academic study and the backdrop for many Hollywood Films (e.g., “Lara Craft: Tomb Raider” and “Two Brothers”). We spent all day there Friday, with all but a few of the students … Keep reading »

Skuon and Siem Reap

Allison with live spider

Given the zestiness of the Siem Reap field trip, we’ll post three different blogs about that experience. This first blog includes photos of Skuon, the spider village where we stopped on the way to Siem Reap; images from lounging at the hotel pool and dining at the Dead Fish Tower; and photos from the Landmine … Keep reading »

Day-to-Day Life in Phnom Penh

Kat Meditation at Wat Langka

This is the first of four blogs we’ll post in the next 24 hours, so please watch for additional updates related to our weekend trip to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat. Some of the photos here are from before and some are from after the Siem Reap adventure. Lectures continue to be pretty remarkable, in … Keep reading »

Khmer Rouge Week

Skulls, Killing Fields

This is the fifth of five catch-up blogs, and the last blog we will post until next week. We leave for Siem Reap and Angkor Wat Thursday morning, so early next week we’ll report on that major field trip. Between January 20 and January 27 we celebrated three birthdays — Julian and Phil’s 21st birthdays, … Keep reading »

P’teah Goshen Night, Afternoon Lectures

Julian reading a case study

This is the fourth of five catch-up posts after the crash of the GC website two weeks ago. One more yet to come this evening. Our second full week in Cambodia included lectures by David Ketchum of Mennonite Central Committee on Cambodian Families and Women’s Peacemaking, as well as input by Ouk Serei Sopheak on … Keep reading »

Biking the City, Visiting Sovanna Phum

Corinne with her sisters at Sovanna Phum

This is the third of four SST Cambodia catch-up blogs following the crash of the GC website two weeks ago. One more will come Tuesday evening (in Indiana). One week after students arrived in Cambodia, we purchased a first round of bicycles for 10 students who felt confident with traffic patterns and their biking skills. … Keep reading »

First Lectures, Museum and Palace Field Trip

SST Cambodia 2010, National Palace

This is the second of four new blog entries (being posted over a 24-hour period), catching up chronologically with the intial days of the SST Cambodia group. On Tuesday of their first week in the country, students enjoyed a field trip to the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and National Museum. We took our first group … Keep reading »