I wanted to write a quick blog and show off some photos for non-twitter followers. As Camps International's Director for Asia, its my role to oversee the whole summer programme and get around as much as possible to see school teams hard at work and in the thick of the action. This year i have based myself mainly in Cambodia, and have also undertaken several treks with teams. I have quite a few twitter followers but for non twitter users you may not have seen the range of photos i have been posting.
Camps International Blog - cambodia
CAMP BENG PAE - July 14th - 25th, 2015
Camp Beng Pae opens the gate on July 14th 2015 and is hosting the group until July 26th. The first group is Ronearl (ibish), second group is Sarika (minor bird) and the third group is Sek (parrot). As soon as the group arrived to camp, Sunny the camp manager and his local team are greeting them with big happy smile and check them in to camp. He then walk the group in to the community and show to them about the local lifestyle, as well as to show to the group the projects.
Welcome to Cambodia!
This year is the fourth year since it was established in 2011. We brought bigger and bigger group to support Cambodia development project. The number rises to 178 people in 2015 and divided into 8 different groups. There were two teams arrived last week, Summer Sarika Team and Summer Sek Team. They stayed in camp Beng Mealea and did the project works in Beng Mealea Community, before they went to trek to Kulen National Park.
The inspirational trip 2014 (Part 1)
There are many schools traveled to Cambodia with us since we opened the camp in the late 2010. Looking at all the photos from the year 2014 that we had from each school, Round Square Schools is the most inspring one. They had 22 days and traveled through Phnom Penh, Siemreap City, and both of our camps, Beng Pae and Beng Mealea. The photos below proves their strong commitment to help the local community and their great joys in each area.
In Camp Beng Pae
In the football match, the refferee whistled for the start of the game. The teams begin to kick the ball and challenge each other to get the goal. For my Cambodia team, the first day of the year is the start of our game. We are committing to work harder and the challenging the result in 2014 is our goal. We are working together with all volunteers from around the world on numbers of projects to develop our poor community. The photos below are the evidence about our project works from our groups of volunteers in the beginning of 2015.
My dream comes true!
My first visit to Beng Mealea was in 1999. I saw the local people had a very hard living. The children were studying under the tree; finding the foods in the muddy field; working under the very hot sun; skinny and unhealthy looking. I was feeling so guilty to see these and I have thought about the possible helps for them in the future. Two years later, the proper access road was built and the foreign aids have been brought into the village. But, the demands have not been completed yet until now.
Welcome To Camp Beng Pae!
It locates in Beng Pae Wildlife Area in Kampong Thom Province, the heart of the country. The journey there takes three hours from Siemreap City or fours from Phnom Penh Capital. This camp is the second property of Camp Cambodia. It was built in May 2014 and was ready to opened in June 2014. There are two long houses accomodates up to 70 guests, a restaurant and communal area, and a kitchen. The long house is designed and built in the local style, with opened wall to allow the cool air blowing through and covered by the grassroof.
In the month of January this year, Mala, who works as Administrator at our Camps International Asia office, had the opportunity to go on a familiarization trip to Cambodia. She visited most of the interesting attractions around the area that our volunteers would have gone on their trips. Mala returned with lots of great photos, stories to tell and would love to share some of her memorable and unforgettable experiences...