Tentative Program Itinerary
Pre-Departure Sessions: Conducted monthly, from January-May 2013
Following participant selection, participants will engage in five monthly teleconferences and webinars to develop group cohesion, review program expectations, conduct individual research reports, and develop service activities.
Program: June 16-July 12, 2013
Days 1-3: Sunday, June 16 – Tuesday, June 18: Orientation in Missoula, Montana
- Keynote lecture: “Climate Change: Montana in a Global Context”
- Mandatory session with guardians on participant responsibilities and consequences.
- Extended group introductions and ice-breaker activities.
- Security, safety, health, food, transportation, and communication issues.
- Guidelines for effective program participation including respect for the views of others, the host culture, host families, and Cambodian partner students and instructors.
- Discussion of culture shock.
- Welcome barbecue by the Clark Fork River.
- Sessions on Cambodian history, language and culture:
- Cambodian History and Culture
- Introduction to Cambodian Environmental Policies
- Khmer Language Basics
- Student presentations on individual research topics
Field Study: Visit to Milltown Dam: Largest Superfund Site in the U.S.
- Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Seminar
- Half-Day High Ropes Challenge Course: City of Missoula
- Journaling Your International Experience
- Climate Change Ethics and Policy
- Tribal Management of Natural Resources
Days 4-5: Wednesday, June 19 – Thursday, June 20: Travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Days 6-12: Friday, June 21 – Thursday, June 27: Phnom Penh
Lodging: Small, central hotel
- Orientation by Khmer Youth Association (KYA) and Mansfield Center (MC)
- US Embassy briefing
- Visits to partner high schools
- Sessions on Cambodian government, history, and culture
- Discussions with local NGOs on proposed dam projects
- Visit to Kompong Som and the Gulf of Thailand
- Cultural visits to the Royal Palaces, Silver Pagoda, Emerald Buddha, National Museum, and Wat Phnom
Days 13 - 18: Friday, June 28 - Wednesday, July 3: Battambang via Cardamom Mountains
Lodging: Host families
- 1-2 nights in the Cardamom Mountains and visit with local indigenous about natural resource management – logging, mining, and water use issues
- Culture and language course – culture of Battambang and basic Khmer instruction
- Market visit and cooking class
- Visit to Phnom Sampeu (the “Killing Caves”) – mountain hike to monastery
- Bicycle exploration in the countryside and meet with local farmers
- River voyage to Siem Reap
Days 19- 25: Thursday, July 4 - Wednesday, July 10: Siem Reap
Lodging: Host families
- Tonle Sap – fishing, sustainable agriculture, and meeting with United Nations representatives of the Tonle Sap Conservation Project
- Guided tours – Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King
- Service project – Ponheary Ly Foundation
- Celebration of the start of Ramadon
Day 26, July 11: Depart Siemp Reap for Missoula
Day 27, July 12: Participants met by guardians in Missoula to return home