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Introducing myself and my journal: Cambodia, Education, Volunteers, and Chaos

About Me:
I moved to Cambodia in 2005 after organizing a fundraising bike-ride through Cambodia. Our organization, PEPY, funds educational development programs in rural Cambodia and is funded through volunteer and adventure tours. I am skeptical of both the development and volunteer tourism industries, trying to go "better" in areas where I see a lot of harm being done, still making mistakes, and trying to decide if "better" is good enough.

My Passions:
education, traveling, kite surfing

My Challenges:
patience, single-tasking, only 24 hours in a day

My Vision for the Future:
a world-aware generation who their neighbors, know the value of the food and the products they buy and where they come from, and have a geniune interest in those who are dissimilar from them

My Areas of Expertise:
sharing my passions for a project with others


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I came across a post about Geotourism at Ashoka's Changemakers that Pepyride might be interested.

Ashoka’s Changemakers, in partnership with the National Geographic Society, have launched an exciting online competition entitled “Geotourism Challenge 2009: Power of Place – Sustaining Future Destinations” (
Our aim is to to search for global innovative ideas in tourism that celebrate the distinct destinations of the world by honoring culture, cherishing history and enhancing the environment.
Submit your entry by May 20, 2009 at to take advantage of the funding opportunities and global exposure, while contributing to the next big change!

Let us know if you enter the challenge- we can follow the happenings here at Pulsewire.

Best of luck!


Hi Laura -

Thanks for posting that! We actually are entered here:

Take a look and read up on what we do at PEPY. If you are interested, post a comment and ask a question - I'd love more of a discussion to grow based on our entry if people have thoughts to share!

Many thanks - Daniela

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Daniela, it is a joy to welcome you to our community. You might be interested in our feature article in World Pulse titled Ushering In Cambodia’s Peace. It tells of renowned lawyer, activist, and survivor of the killing fields Theary Seng's journey to heal her country. Her story can be found at:

We also have the Journey to the Heart of Cambodia group which brings together members who has travel tips, inspiration, or questions about Cambodia, as well as being a gathering spot for the women who embarked on our first-ever international tour to meet leading women pioneering a new future for Cambodia.

You might also like to connect with the following members either from Cambodia or with an interest in Cambodia:

Mu Sochua, Member of Parliament, Sam Rainsy Party, Cambodia

sorphoarn, People Improvement Organization

Sophorn, Vice President, Cambodian-American Community of Oregon

ReaksmeyArun, Executive Director, Mekea Strey

If there is anything else I can help you with or if you have any particular interests, please let me know and I will try to steer you in the right direction. I hope that you will find this to be a positive experience.
PulseWire Community Director

JaniceW's picture


When responding to a comment, it is best to hit the word "reply" at the bottom of their comment box as that way, they are notified by email when you post a reply. Best wishes and I look forward to hearing more from you.

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