We arrived in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penn in the morning for a deep city-based experience and began the observation regime.
Meals provided ingredients for observation of cultural difference and similarity. Economic and social disparity among the people enabled the contemplation of motivation, rigor and entrepreneurship. Arts and crafts mediums and materials enabled learning about the focus Cambodians place on sustainability factors. Visiting sites related to and learning about the ‘Killing Fields’ brought forth in-depth debriefing about the nature of conflict and the human condition.
Our guide was very informative shedding light on Cambodia’s recent political past. We visited an NGO called FRIENDS and learned of their programs for the rehabilitation of the victims of the Cambodia’s civil war. We learned about the programming and worldwide volunteerism that supported the efforts of the organization. We learned about the way to support sustainable human development.
The trip to Siem Reap brought our travellers the experience of lush natural beauty and the ancient past. Conversations delved into the architecture, religion, culture and history and how Cambodia is preserving the past for the world “UNESCO World Heritage Site” Angkor Wat. Visits to the market places showed the students how the Khmer people have built a market place based on their heritage. We took Khmer cooking lessons from a chef to learn what raw ingredients and spices are brought together to create a fantastic meal.
We all learned about how each of us sees the world and through the unfamiliarity with the place, we learned about Cambodia and therefore about Qatar.