My trip to Cambodia is a one that I cannot forget. It has impacted my life on many levels and seeing the impact of being of service to people ignites me to continue being of service. As I sit in class, my eyes stare into space as my mind sets into the setting of being in SingHa village. I remember the Cambodian heat, the dusty roads, the laughter flooding from the students, and the smiles and waves we received on the bike ride to school. Teaching the students English for 2 weeks was an enjoyable experience and I enjoyed building relationships with the students from the middle school and the Khmer Heart Center. Through Global Connections Project, I feel more informed as a student on the leaders that are called and that are needed in our future generations. The trip has shown me the importance of being of service to people and has opened my mind to not judge by what is seen on the outside. Global Connections is absolutely wonderful and I am truly thankful that I got the chance to Travel with Meaning!
Cambodia. There I thought I was going in to make an impact on their lives, yet they have made an even bigger impact on mine. The memories are still vivid in my head. I remember at the New Life Center, I piggy back a little girl when we took the kids on a walk. This girl walking with me had no shoes on. I communicated with her via hand motions and body language. This girl had beautiful eyes shining at me and shaking her head. I interpreted those eyes as “no, it’s fine, there is no need to carry me.” I insisted anyway due to the rough ground with twigs and weeds. This was a realization of what I can give to with the short amount of time we have spent together. Reflecting back to these moments, I realize how much this little girl has opened my eyes to our world, our environment, our communities. How much I was willing to give to others. Global Connections has given me the opportunity to learn!
Through Global Connections Project, my heart is forever touched by the children at the New Life Center, students at the rural school, and every person we met along the way. I've learned so much about stewardship and global citizen. I've also discovered my sense of calling to serve and my commitment to international and domestic community projects. Much of my learning came from experiences outside of class lectures and I realized that I should never let SCHOOLING interfere with my EDUCATION.My advices to the new travelers is quite simple... Set aside any presumptions, get to know the locals and enjoy being in the moment.