We spent our first two days touring the Capital city and learning about Cambodia’s recent history. On our second day, we went to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum as well as Choeung Ek killing fields where we learned more about the victims of the Khmer Rouge.
We were instantly immersed into the Cambodian culture and means of transportation. We took tuk-tuks, motorcycle drawn carriages, as well as vans everywhere we went. We visited an outrageous amount of temples and museums in Phnom Penh and ate at a variety of restaurants. Everyday we had a full schedule of events ranging from touring the city and museums to eating at Khmer restaurants.
On the third day we traveled by bus to Siem Reap where we began our Caring for Cambodia work. We spent our mornings working to build a patio at a local school and our afternoons playing sports with local teenagers. On our off days we took advantage of what the city had to offer. We went on many adventures including elephant and boat rides, visiting the Phare Circus, indulging in foot massages and delicious dinners in the most incredible restaurants. On New Years Eve we ventured to Pub Street, where we danced down the street before returning to the hotel. We made friends at a local school and learned more about the everyday lives of teenagers in Cambodia.
Through this journey our group became very close. Every meal, tuk- tuk ride and workday was filled with different conversations with different people. We shared many laughs, stories and experiences with one another that we will never forget. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who is considering going, it was an incredibly fun and a great learning experience.
If you’d like to read more about our journey, you can read our blog at http://bulliscaringforcambodia.blogspot.com/