Today was sadly our very last full day in Cambodia. We started off with a stroll down to another local guesthouse named ‘Bread of Life’ where we congregated in a meeting room. This was our final debrief day. Stacie spoke to us about the different things we have learnt in our time here in Cambodia; we explored emotions of hope, anger, sadness and excitement.
Through this debrief we were also able to discuss the notion of ‘reverse culture shock’.In Cambodia we were aware of our brand new experiences, however, when we return back to Adelaide we will be surrounded by the unfamiliar familiar as we look at our lives through a new lens. After morning tea, we discussed advocacy and explored the different ways that we can continue to make an impact on this cause back at home. To provoke change you need four things: Passion, Need, Skills and Influence. We were then challenged to plan exactly how we would begin our advocacy journeys.
After a few rest hours of hanging out in the pool and with our friends we headed off to dinner at ‘Footprint Café’. Here, 100% of the profits go towards environmental causes! To end the day we bartered our way through the night markets collecting our final bits and bobs before heading back home from a satisfying two weeks.
It’s safe to say that we have all experienced a once in a lifetime opportunity here in Cambodia with Woodcroft and Rok Kern. We have all been challenged both emotionally and mentally - as we attempt to comprehend the realities right in front of our eyes.
We have made friends, met some of the kindest people, eaten some tradition Khmer food, witnessed indescribable sights; some horrifying, confronting, challenging, beautiful and inspiring. We will all be sad to say goodbye to our friends Saray and Stacie who have put so much time, effort and love into this program and us - ensuring we experienced this country and their culture in the truest light. We will come back from this trip with growth and a set of new eyes on the world.