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‰ÛÏWhat‰Ûªs that? Camp Cambodia?‰Û

Yes, since October I‰Ûªve been fortunate enough to spend a bit of time in Cambodia where we have been in initial talks with various communes, organisations and state departments about creating Camp Cambodia. *Pause for ‰ÛÏooohs‰Û from the audience*.

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As you may have read in previous posts regarding the beginnings of Camp Borneo, setting up in a new country is not an easy process, but with nearly 2 years of experience behind us here in Malaysia, not to mention the years of knowledge we have to draw on from our camps in Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar, we are more than hopeful that Camp Cambodia will be just as successful as our other locations and will be an amazing addition to our destinations.

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Did you ever travel to school like this?

Obviously Cambodia has a lot to offer as a destination for the savvy traveller. Angkor Wat, a World Heritage site and the largest religious structure in the world is a gateway into the fascinating history of the Khmer Empire which once dominated almost the entirety of South East Asia. There are literally hundreds of such amazing temples scattered around Cambodia in various states of repair, some as close as can be to the way they once were; others left to the mercies of the jungle to reclaim.

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Unfortunately Cambodia‰Ûªs more recent history is less appealing but should not be ignored. Museums and monuments dedicated to the atrocities surrounding the Khmer Rouge government and the following civil war are a stark reminder that during the 70s and 80s 1/5th of this country was killed by various means.

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That this country is now such a peaceful, friendly and welcoming place is a testament to the warmth and forgiveness of its people who do not forget the past but move on with their lives as best they can. I truly have never been to a more hospitable country. However, the legacy of recent history is one of poverty and struggle in the rural areas.

…this is the reaction from just saying Hello

It is in some these areas that we are hoping to create the camps that will eventually comprise Camp Cambodia where our volunteers will be able to live and work within a community to learn and teach; build schools and friendships and discover as much as they can about this truly stunning country.

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Over the coming months I‰Ûªll keep you updated on the progress of Camp Cambodia and hopefully will give you a little flavour of what you could expect if you were one of our first volunteers from October 2010.

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The very first stage in creating a new Camp took place last week when I, along with Rory the Director of CI Asia, went to Beng Mealea Commune, 60ks North East of Siem Reap to sign an agreement with the commune to work alongside each other for the next 3 years at least. In other words, Camp Cambodia and more specifically Camp Beng Mealea is now a reality and in the coming 5 months or so we will be working to create a great base for you to come and work on some amazing projects with some of the friendliest people around. Oh… and it’s very own 1000 year old temple, just yards from the camp!

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat at Sunrise

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I‰Ûªll tell you more about the projects that will be taking place there in the weeks and months to come, but I for one am very excited about our ideas for the camp. Hopefully you are too. For more information about our plans for Cambodia or any of the camps in South East Asia and Africa, why not get in touch using the contact us links on this site.