Rural livin’ with Ockenden Cambodia
Thought Banteay Chhmar felt off the grid? Well, we’re going to dig even deeper! Joining our friends at Ockenden Cambodia, we will spend a week taking an in-depth look at the challenges facing Khmer farmers and the innovate ways of overcoming them. Comprised of a group of amazing and dedicated activists, Ockenden is committed to promoting and teaching sustainable, innovative, and disaster-resilient farming practices in marginalized communities around the country. We will join them on one of their many ongoing long-term projects while getting an intimate glimpse of the realities, challenges, and promises of rural development in Cambodia.
A staple of most projects with Ockenden is tree planting, which we do alongside primary and secondary school students! Deforestation and global warming are two of the biggest issues that will affect the country for generations to come, and planting trees is one of the most beneficial things we can do as guests in the country (while also educating the youth on the importance of doing so!) Other activities in the past have included digging ponds, installing floating gardens, and building trellises and bail gardens.
We’ll be sleeping in hammocks and on mats, eating food prepared from the local garden and market. We’ll be stripped down to the basics, and by doing so, we’ll have an opportunity to truly connect with the community and our newfound friends!