You might have heard that the “land of a thousand smiles” is all about 30 cent street pad thai, deep-fried tarantulas, bucket-fuelled dance parties, and monsoon rain that pours down for hours before letting the sun come back out. Sure enough, all of this exists, but we’re here to prove to you that there is so much more.
Thailand is a country that seamlessly blends modernity with its deeply rooted cultural traditions. Cambodians are slowly but surely moving past their tragic recent history to forge a brighter and more equitable future. Both countries face many challenges – Thailand struggles with ongoing political divisions and widespread inequality and Cambodia is ranked as one of the world’s poorest nations. While thousands of backpackers stream through this part of the world, few are put in touch with these realities.
This Southeast Asia program is designed to dig beneath the surface of how this region is commonly experienced. We will catch an intimate glimpse of how people actually live, the struggles they face and the amazing ways they find to overcome them. In fact, this program is all about people – from dedicated activists promoting sustainable farming practices in marginalized areas to young break-dancers and hip-hop artists empowering a new generation of Cambodians to rise above their underprivileged circumstances. Join us and discover a Southeast Asia you had no idea existed.