The first round of exploration this year lasted for a very small period of time because we already came back to school late. I was a part of a project called Community Cleanup Campaign (CCC) which was led by one of our alumni. The initial goal of this project was to build an incinerator at a government school in Kampong Speu province, but Covid didn’t allow us to continue with this goal so we decided to build one on our Campus. We face many challenges like what is the alternative for all the products that we can’t find in the country and who is going to build it for us, but after four weeks of doing all of the research and planning, we successfully built one in the campus. This is a picture of the incinerator.
Being a part of this project taught me the importance of collaboration. This project only consisted of 6 people, but we were able to get a lot of works done in 4 weeks, including a draft report of the incinerator.
“Cambodia Friendly” It seems like most of the engineering project that our school want to deliver to Cambodia wasn’t a really easy way to do because some of the supplies that we need to make a product is not a Cambodia friendly, but we came up with a project that we can deliver STEM & Engineering. We decided to create this project because we really want to share what we know about STEM and Engineering to government school. We was struggling to come up with idea what we want to create that we be able to design by ourselves and importantly it should be Cambodia friendly. My team and I, we came up with a product call Shooter (it sounds dangerous and in real life it is also dangerous, but we tell the students not to shoot at each other). We went to two different government school and it was a really amazing experience to spend time with the student there because it seems like they are so excited for our project.
It was the best trip that I have taken before in my whole school year. It was a really great experience to try new things around me. On the first day, we spent most of the time just riding on the bus from Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri, but it still pretty cool when we started to arrived the rural area of Mondulkiri province because we got to see a lot of tall trees and all of the nature around us. When we arrived Mondulkiri, we just went straight to our campsite and set up our tent and then start to cook our dinner. It was a really amazing dinner because I got to test my friends’ cooking skills and it was DELICIOUS. We also made our own campfire and we also got to sing together and also toast our own potatoes with our campfire and it was also DELICIOUS. It was the best trip that I have taken before in my whole school year. It was a really great experience to try new things around me. On the first day, we spent most of the time just riding on the bus from Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri, but it still pretty cool when we started to arrived the rural area of Mondulkiri province because we got to see a lot of tall trees and all of the nature around us. When we arrived Mondulkiri, we just went straight to our campsite and set up our tent and then start to cook our dinner. It was a really amazing dinner because I got to test my friends’ cooking skills and it was DELICIOUS. We also made our own campfire and we also got to sing together and also toast our own potatoes with our campfire and it was also DELICIOUS. On the second day, we started our day by cooking our own breakfast and then we started to head off from our campsite to go to see the first waterfall call, Lengtrok waterfall. On the way there, we only hike for 3 km. It was tired, but we had a lot of fun when we arrived at the waterfall so it definitely worth it. We also got to learn how to cook our own lunch by using all of the natural resources around us and our guide also introduced us to a new soup and it was yummy and healthy. We also got to feed the elephant with bananas and it was really amazing for me because this is my first time to see the elephant actually out in the wild not in the cage or in the zoo. I also would love to see other elephants have that same freedom as the one that we saw. We spent the whole afternoon there to just sit and enjoy the view and also when it nearly time to come back, we also did a sit and spot activity which we pick and place to sit individually and we need to write, draw, or a create something that descript what you see and what you feel when we were there. On the way back, we have to hike for 4 km and it was extremely TIRED. First I didn’t think I could finish the walk, but at the end I did it and it was an amazing feeling that I could hike for 4 km even though, it was exhausted. When we arrived at our campsite, we just straight to go and cook our dinner and then we started our campfire again.On our third day, we started our day the same thing which we have to cook our own breakfast and then we headed off for another trek, but this time is a long one, but our facilitators told us that it only 4 km like yesterday, too, but it actually not. We didn’t know it until we finished. It was a really hard and long hike, but I’m so proud of everyone that we actually finished the trek. In just that area, there were two waterfalls the first one is much smaller than the second one. The first waterfall was amazing, there were a lot of people to visit the first waterfall. The second waterfall was unpredictable because it was literally amazing and I’m in love with that waterfall. We spend about 30 minutes there and we also did sit and spot and do the same things as the first waterfall. On our way back was amazing because it was fun to go up and down and also enjoy the sunset and I got a lot of cool picture for my friends and also the view. It was fun to play at the grassland and we had a lot of amazing memories together and also wish that I can go there again with the same members. It was a long trek as I said and it was about 12 km in total.
In the first round, I was apart of an exploration calls “Community Documentary” which we focus on making the documentary for four villages in Kampong Speu such as Chrok Porpoul Village, Trapang Leap Village, Prey Ansae Village, and Srey Sampong Village. In this exploration, we have 18 members (including me) so, we divided into 4 different teams some team has more members and some team has less member. All of the teams have different responsibility such photo, video, podcast, and blog.
I was one of the members that work in the blog team. I learn a lot about making a blog and about interviewing people. I went
to Kampong Speu province to interview people in those villages above. We walked across the village and one of the interesting things that we noticed that the village in the afternoon is really quite because most the young people, they go to work in the city which they work in the factories. We there their for two night and Camkids gave us food and places for us to sleep. We a really grateful to have them because without them it’s going to hard for us to find other places to stay and also we gonna waste a lot of money on food and place to sleep. One day during the trip, we also did some activities with Camkids’ students too. During I got one really inspiration thing is that there was a boy who came to talk to us every time we free because he really wants to improve his English skills and we find it interesting that he really wants to improve his pronunciation with us and us really proud of him and we want him to keep doing what he is doing.