Cambodia Study Tour



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Join American Jewish World Service and Ruth Messinger on an unforgettable trip to Cambodia, one of the most fascinating emerging democracies worldwide. In this place of stunning geographic beauty and staggeringly painful history, we will meet AJWS’s grassroots grantees working to forge a new, hopeful future. From urban Phnom Penh to tiny villages in the countryside, we will encounter activists who are empowering youth, garment workers and farmers to demand a voice in their country’s development. And through dialogue with local leaders, journalists and intellectuals, we will gain insight into Cambodia’s challenges, achievements and dreams.

“I cannot yet tell people about my trips in a way that fully captures the emotional impact they have had on me, and perhaps I never will. But I will continue to find ways to articulate these journeys. Traveling to meet grantees is how I derive inspiration for my leadership at AJWS. Their work inspired me before, but once I saw it with my own eyes, it changed me forever.”
—Barbara Dobkin, AJWS Board Chair (Thailand and Cambodia, 2005 )

Trip Highlights

  • Meet with AJWS grantees like 3 Rivers Project who are fighting to protect the country’s natural resources.
  • Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh and uncover the tragic legacy of the Khmer Rouge.
  • Watch for one of the few remaining fresh water dolphins in the world in Kampong Cham, a sleepy northern town along the banks of the Mekong.
  • Discover the famed ruined city of Angkor Wat, one of the ancient wonders of the world.
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Trip Details

  • Trip Cost (excluding international airfare)
  • Dates: October 28 to November 4, 2012*
  • Cost: $4,500 double occupancy ($1,095 single supplement)
  • Optional Pre-trip Extension
  • Dates: October 24 to October 27*
  • Cost: $1,785 double occupancy ($465 single supplement)
  • Location: Thailand (Bangkok and Chiang Mai)
  • *Dates do not include travel and may alter slightly. Preference is given to first-time travelers.

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