Back Online: Settling into the Phnom Penh Routine

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After being offline for more than two weeks, the SST Cambodia is back online now. We’ll be posting several posts within the next 24 hours, so feel free to keep checking back in. We’ll post these chronologically, beginning with photos and a few words about the first week on campus, a blog that was up … Keep reading »

All in the Families

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By 6:30 p.m. this evening (Friday evening for us, Friday morning in the U.S.), all 19 students had gone home with their host families. It was a whirlwind day, first with orientation at the hotel, a driving tour of the city, and then meeting the parents and siblings. Ann and Keith tend to practice the … Keep reading »

Settled into Phnom Penh!

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Nineteen healthy and happy Cambodia SSTers arrived at the Phnom Penh Airport two hours ago. After about an hour of moving through the visa, immigration, and customs process, we were on our way to the Colonial Mansion, where we’re all settled in now. Students send their warm greetings back home to Moms and Dads, siblings, … Keep reading »

Meeting with Host Families

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Tuesday evening Ann, Keith, Sreyhem (our family assistant/coordinator) and Marya (our local assistant/coordinator) met with students’ host families on the Mennonite Central Committee rooftop. Parents were quite animated as they looked over the personal information sheets for their students, asking about what students’ interests and hobbies were, their year in school and major, what their … Keep reading »

Visiting Students’ Cambodian Host Families

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Sreyhem and Keith spent much of the week visiting host families for the SST group, seeing 20 homes and talking with a 21st family over the course of the last several days. We are awaiting a firm response from two families, and a couple of the families that we had hoped would work out were … Keep reading »

Weekend Family Trip to Kep

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From Friday morning through Monday afternoon, the Graber Millers visited Kep, one of the locations for an SST Cambodia field trip. We’ll go with the student group the weekend of February 7 and 8 to both Kep and Rabbit Island, where we also visited. The 3 1/2-hour trip to Kep was fascinating because we were … Keep reading »

Preparing for our 19 Cambodian SSTers

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The Graber Miller family, minus Niles, arrived in Cambodia Tuesday, December 8, and spent much of the first week settling into the new Goshen College apartment. The apartment, which also will be the site of our Wednesday evening processing meetings referred to as P’teah Goshen Nights, is on the fourth floor of a new apartment … Keep reading »