Today is the day! 23 intrepid volunteers from Canada, America, and Australia have arrived in Phnom Pehn to begin the Elephant Refuge and Village Immersion Program!
Today has been an introduction to Cambodia. Volunteers have been arriving throughout the day and those who came early had the opportunity to explore the central markets of Phnom Pehn in the morning. They came back with everything from traditional Cambodia pants, to fresh Lychee, to bags of crickets (Yum!)
After their first taste of Khmer (Cambodian) fare at one of our local restaurants for lunch, most of the team headed off to The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (the former prison known as S-21) to dive into the history of Cambodia’s years under the rule of the Khmer Rouge.
Tomorrow the group will visit the Killing fields, a monument and museum located at a former execution centre and mass grave on the outskirts of Phnom Pehn. They will have the chance to hear the stories of Cambodians that survived through the Khmer Rouge period and see for themselves how Cambodia has evolved since the fall of the Regime.
After that we begin our Journey to Siem Reap where we will enjoy one last night of city life before heading up to the Elephant Refuge!
John and Briana