Cambodia 2019 tentative trip dates:
June 26th – July 11th, 2019
estimate historical cost: $3,400
*dates and cost are subject to change depending on flights
The Youthlinc Service Year has been going to Cambodia since the summer of 2011. Since that time, we have developed wonderful in country partnerships that allow for high touch, high impact, and high-quality experiences for our teams.
We have an incredible partnership with a local NGO called Sustainable Cambodia based out of Pursat, Cambodia. Sustainable Cambodia is an amazing organization dedicated to helping rural Cambodian villages achieve sustainability and self-sufficiency through infrastructure support, strong education initiatives, and professional training/development programs.
The need in Cambodia directly relates to the countries not so distant past. In the mid-late 70’s Cambodia fell under the power of the Khmer Rouge, a communist regime lead by Pol Pot. During the 4-year time period that the Khmer Rouge was in power they enacted a horrific genocide, killing between 1.5-3 million people, approximately 25% of the entire population of Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge left Cambodia in ashes nearly destroying their infrastructure. The Cambodian people are forgiving and resilient and have been working to rebuilding their country since that time.
The Youthlinc team’s also have some fun! You will be able to visit the beautiful Angkor Wat (a World Heritage site from the 12th century), go on a hike to a waterfall, and enjoy the local markets for some shopping.
2019 Cambodia June Team Leader: Eric Bergstrom
I was born and raised in Utah but love to experience the rest of the world every chance I get. The most memorable trip I have ever taken was with Youthlinc to Cambodia in June of 2017. As a mentor for that team as well as the father of one of the students, I had a front-row seat for the entire service year. Prior to that experience, I had not heard of Youthlinc prior to that, but that experience made me a believer in their mission.
Me and my family believe it in so much that my daughter was an Alum Leader and my wife was a mentor for Peru this past June and my daughter will be an Alum Leader again for the upcoming service year. In addition, my son is going to apply this year as well.
As the Strategic Support Manager at a local mortgage company, I manage teams regularly to accomplish projects with a variety of people and goals. No project goes perfectly, but my experience will help me to see problems ahead of time and make the necessary adjustments as they are needed.
As a father of a Youhlinc Alum, I can relate to struggles of the Team Members as well as their parents. Making sure everyone completes their volunteer requirements and then traveling to a country on the other side of the globe with a big group will be a challenge, but I can’t wait to get started!
2019 Cambodia Assistant Team Leader: Brooke Smith
During Brooke’s senior year at Skyline High School, she joined the Service Year and traveled to Nepal during July of 2015. Serving with her dad, and helping the people of Nepal directly following the earthquakes was an incredible experience. She was impressed with the strength and happiness of the Nepali women. She worked side by side with these women who carried heavy loads on their backs and in their lives.
Brooke is currently studying at Brigham Young University in the department of Life Sciences in hopes of becoming a Physical Therapist. She loves to do many things including dancing, hiking, reading, exploring new cultures and meeting new people. She has had the opportunity to travel abroad to France, Switzerland, Italy, Luxemburg, Iceland, and India. She also served a mission for the LDS church in Lyon, France for 18 months.
Aside from traveling and experiencing new things, Brooke loves to find ways to serve people and show them they have worth and that they matter. She believes that working hard show be fun and not miserable. Brooke is excited to travel to Cambodia with Youthlinc in 2019, and meet all of the new team members> She is excited to work with them and see how much they grow in this great program that the Service Year provides. Oh..and don’t forget to have a good time!