For 10 days from the end of June to early July, we will be going on a trip to Cambodia. There will be 35 students supported by 5 academic and support staff. We will be working with 4 non-governmental organizations. One will be in Siem Reap and 3 will be in Phnom Penh. One is a local Cambodian NGO. The second is supported by the State University of Colorado. The third is run by 2 American missionaries. The forth is a Hong Kong Christian NGO. They operate many community centers, a school for kids making their living on the infamous garbage mountain, an orphanage, and a center for the rehabilitation of former prostitutes.
We will be split into smaller teams to work at 6 sites simultaneously. It will be extremely hot and humid, the sanitary situation will be challenging, ... and we are looking forward to it.
The main theme of this project will be digital story telling. We will be teaching the children there how to tell their stories with the aid of photographs and perhaps videos.
This will be our seventh major service learning trip outside Hong Kong. But the first one outside China. And by far the largest and most complicated. Involving the largest number of our own university students, the largest number of partner organizations, and the largest number of recipients (probably several hundreds of children).
It has already been exhausting just setting things up. Again I have to thank my admirable colleague G who is spearheading this expedition. Many amazing and exciting things have already happened, even before we set off. In fact, much of the hard work is done before the trip, as usual. I shall write about some of them in time.
I would also like to ask my friends to pray for us.