Student Shoulder to Shoulder – July 2015
Last month, CRDTours organized a trip for the american association „Students Shoulder to Shoulder“ (SStS), which aims to inspire high school students to engage in responsible global citizenship.
The first day, the students explored the city of Kratie and learned more about the work and mission of CRDT. After that, the group traveled to the island village of Koh Preah, where they spent over a week with the villagers in their traditional homes. In Koh Preah, the group had the chance to experience firsthand how CRDT supports local communities, helping them to improve their living standards with a particular attention on sustainable environmental practices.
The students spent a great part of their time in Koh Preah helping in a project centered on constructing a community eco-tourism center. Additionally, they could experience the daily routines of this rural village. At night, the students listened to stories told by village elders and participated in cultural presentations and ceremonies. In order to get a feel for the adjacent countryside, the group traveled by boat to swim in the storied Mekong River and catch a glimpse of endangered fresh water dolphins. After the end of the project, the group took the scenic route down the Mekong to Kratie. From there, they traveled to Siem Reap to spend a few days reflecting on what they have learned about global citizenship and touring Angkor Wat.
The feedback from the students was very enthusiastic :
„I enjoyed developing the relationships with the people on Koh Preah and working alongside them to improve their community.“
„I really enjoyed the whole tour, but the part I enjoyed the most was the time we spent on the island of Koh Preah working with the community and the dinner“ at the home-stays.“
„I really enjoyed the food and the different academic activities that were done. Also, I enjoyed the home-stays. Everybody was welcoming and just being able to help one another was awesome!“
„It was a great life experience and just being able to be a global citizen and gain new knowledge along the way is enlightening“
„I truly enjoyed the time spent with local people and learning about the culture.I had a great and memorable time on the tour!“
„It was awesome and our tour guide made my experience here very enjoyable. Putti is a great tour guide and I know other groups that will take tours with CRDTours will love him just as much as we did.“
„I loved seeing the various work happening to help Cambodians – Tiny Toones, Koh Preah, the Ladmine Museum. The time on Koh Preah was wonderful. Great work as well as cultural learning with afternoon guest speakers.“