Engineering Without Borders (EWB) trip in January 2017
All these students studying in engineering look so young. They are from Australia and join the rural tour program organized by Cambodia Rural Discovery Tours (CRDTours). The main aim is to meet the local residents living in Kratie Province and try to help them proposing different projects. Therefore, CRDTours has organized an incredible educational trip to meet villagers in the communities such as Koh Jreng and Koh Phdao. In total, there were 49 students divided in 3 teams: “Turtle”, “Banana” and “Ibis”. I have travelled as a trip leader with 17 students in the Banana team. During the tour, we stayed 4 nights in Koh Jreng community where the peaceful island has such a nice view. Before leaving to community, we had a buffet breakfast at Le Tonlé Restaurant & Guesthouse which is a nice restaurant for tourists with a great staff.
Frankly, they were very pleased all along the tour activities, and this trip has produced so many positives vibes. After reaching the community, we took cow carts to get to the homestay. All the students enjoyed the talk with the Village and Community Chief sharing knowledge and process of management in the community. In the meantime, they were very excited to discuss with many villagers as women, oldest people, kids, teachers and wholesalers to exchange about experiences and cultural differences. After dinner at the community, they always spent time to teach English to kids and house-host.
I won’t forget their will and efforts to communicate with the villagers even if they could not speak Khmer. They tried to use verbal and body language to communicate with locals to get a common understanding. To me, I was so glad to see them having friendship with people in the community.
The four following nights, we had much fun activities enjoying local meals. Every morning, we could appreciate the sunrise and also better understand how the farmers work. This trip was truly amazing and made us very happy with villagers. Finally, we took cow carts again to go back to Kratie Town. Last but not least, all the students came all together to see Irrawaddy dolphins on the Mekong River and after that, they had lunch at Le Tonlé Restaurant & Guesthouse.
All the tour activities were such a nice experience and also a memorable souvenir!