Engineering Without Borders (EWB) trip in July 2016

Leading Engineering Without Borders (EWB) group of students from Australia to staying over 4 nights in the community along Mekong river is an impressive opportunity to learn and share together in term of culture, language, education, interaction and collaboration. I have led over 55 students to visit 4 nights in 2 different islands.  In the island, I have really enjoyed interpreting, organizing meeting, talking with the people and students, eating and sleeping in the homestay provided. In addition, students and I were exciting to participate in cultural and religion of local people to cook local pastry and offer food ceremony to the monk in the morning.

After 4 nights gone in the community, I have led the students to stay another 4 nights in a comfortable hotel, and having the incredible food and beverages at Le Tonlé Training Guesthouse and Restaurant in Kratie Town. Based on the results from the meeting in the community, I was responsible to help the students to developing an engineering design project in each team in order to improve local people’s well-being and economy.

During 4 days in the town, it was a collaborative mission between the students and me to find materials and tools for project design. Finally, their project has presented in English language to other students and villagers who are invited in the workshop. The workshop was awesome, because students produced great ideas for villagers to implement with for example fuel efficient cooking stove, BBQ rubbish burn and rice planter etc.  The language barriers have been taken into account, and all participants were active and involved by the questions/answers, and the group photo.

In overall, Cambodian Rural Discovery Tours (CRDTours) organized this wonderful trip to allows the students to gain the positive experience of education, culture and relationship. For students and responsible travellers, this trip is highly recommended.

Meng, CRDTours Operations Manager

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