Explore the ancient city of Phnom Penh. Your first destination is Tuol Sleng (S-21), a former school that was used as a prison and has since been converted into a museum to educate visitors about the country’s genocide. You will also visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek where students can walk through the quiet and peaceful fields that were the settings of mass killings and burials during the genocide. While solemn, these sites are important landmarks of Cambodia’s past and allow students to put contemporary Cambodia into historical perspective.
After lunch, tour the Royal Palace where the King currently resides. Explore the unique and colorful markets to gather souvenirs for friends and family back home, and have your last Khmer dinner with your group in the city. At the end of each program, students reflect on their experiences and the issues they engaged with, and talk about how to apply this new understanding to their own worlds. During or after their closing discussion, groups participate in Rustic Ties, a unique and powerful activity that allows students to capture the memories and learning moments of their program to process and share with their communities back home.