Community members of Prek Toal, Cambodia held a ceremony in January to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new primary school after a six-year fundraising effort by the Rustic Pathways Foundation.
Prek Toal is a floating village located in the northwest corner of the Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in the region, that feeds into the Mekong River. The school, like all floating structures in the village, rises and falls with the river. It had slowly been sinking for years.
After the first few months of construction, the school’s frame is nearly complete. It’s scheduled for completion later this spring.
Rustic Pathways first partnered with the Prek Toal community in 2012. Learn more about the story of the Prek Toal Primary School in the graphic below.
Students can learn more about the Prek Toal community and life in this unique floating village during our Floating Village Service Expedition.
For more information about our programs in Cambodia and other Rustic Pathways destinations, click below to request a copy of our spring break and summer programs catalog.
Alex is a proud native of Ohio and graduate of The Ohio State University with degrees in international relations and Spanish. Through many trips to Latin America and as an exchange student in Spain, Alex speaks Spanish fluently. Alex joined Rustic in 2015 as a Program Leader in the Dominican Republic where she later managed programs. She's also led programs in Vietnam and Peru. Alex now uses her passion for experiential learning, endless optimism, and creativity on marketing initiatives for the Rustic Pathways Foundation. She also owns a small jewelry business, where she crafts bracelets with vintage sewing buttons.