Come to the first team meeting/informational meeting about our 2012 Cambodia Friends & Family Trip: Saturday, January 14, 2012 4pm at the Youthlinc office. Email email@example.com to RSVP.
Mint and cilantro tied in bunches lay drooping next to the taro roots and galangal. Bins full of bright red, orange, and yellow curry powders are adorned with garlands of starfish anise and chili peppers. Lumpy purple mangosteens, jungle green avocados and mangoes are stacked in pyramids next to the freshly cuts spears of golden pineapple and papaya. Bins of fried grasshoppers, tarantulas, and cockroaches, lightly salted, entice the local passersby. Tuk-tuk drivers lazily yell out from their coaches for fares, smiles on their faces and in their eyes. It’s another day in Cambodia: the site for 2012 Youthlinc Friends and Family trip.
Youthlinc is stoked to be returning to the village of Peak Sneng in northwestern Cambodia from June 10 to June 23rd, 2012. Peak Sneng is a village about one hour away from Siem Reap, the burgeoning town next to Angkor Wat. Though Youthlinc participants will be staying in pretty nice accommodations in Siem Reap, Peak Sneng truly is a rural place. There is no electricity, no paved roads, no indoor plumbing, and very few vehicles. It is a beautiful, sleepy place nestled in a jungle of trees and full of people with smiles so welcoming you’ll feel like you’re home on day one.
|Welcome to Peak Sneng|
In June 2011, Youthlinc traveled for the first time to Cambodia and started many amazing projects that we are stoked to be following up on and improving this coming year. We have a school garden to help maintain, a livestock-exchange program to oversee, water filters for families to install, children to play with, young parents to support, and community leaders with whom to plan for the future.
|SR-21 Prison Victims|
On this trip, we will be flying into Phnom Penh to visiting the SR-21 prison/torture camp and Killing Fields to learn first hand about the devastation of the Cambodian Genocide which killed an estimated 2 million people, which was more than 20% of the country’s population.
From there, we will head up to Siem Reap, where we will be staying for the remainder of the trip at cozy Mom’s Guesthouse, complete with a salt water pool. From Siem Reap we will travel daily to the village of Peak Sneng to work.
We will be working on the Livestock Exchange program, teaching English & health lessons, installing water filters at people’s homes, installing playground equipment, and mingling with the locals- just to name a few of the many activities! We need your help and your special talents to make these and other projects are successful. In addition, we will be visiting a floating village, a land mine museum, and of course, the magnificent Angkor Wat temples!
Monks at Angkor