Cambodian Cultural Immersion Program
Itinerary Details and online booking form below
Bookings Close January 8th, 2018
(there are still a few spots left so we have extended the time until 15th January)
'It's not just the destination but the journey within'
Join AusCam Freedom Project and Soulful Discoveries as we take you on an unforgettable journey to Cambodia, a fascinating and majestic country with a painful yet inspiring history. You will meet with some amazing humanitarians & social justice advocates who are working to forge a new hopeful future. From urban Phnom Penh to traditional villages in the countryside, we will encounter activists who are empowering the Khmer people to demand a voice in their country’s development. You will fall in love with the natural beauty of the landscape, be inspired by people who have lived through war, genocide and extreme poverty and yet still exude warmth, hope and courage.
To equip, inspire and transform a community of people to go out and 'be the change they want to see in the world' - and importantly, to believe they have the power to do it.
To provide a holistic understanding of the issues of injustice that creates poverty and vulnerability with the purpose of inspiring long term action.
Soulful Discoveries is a social venture and initiative of AusCam Freedom Project in partnership with Lana Kanchik - Personal Travel Manager of Travel Managers Australia which has been designed to give individuals an authentic and meaningful travel experience that integrates sightseeing and cultural immersion with an experiential learning opportunity. This thoughtfully crafted journey will offer exposure to rare insights of leading humanitarians and social justice advocates whose lives are dedicated to turning extreme adversity and disadvantage to opportunities for growth, resilience, healing and hope.
Soulful Discoveries is much more than a travel experience – it is one centred around engagement and learning and offers you the opportunity to dive deep into the issues of Injustice – to be engaged intellectually and emotionally in a new community – and to learn and grow through that first-hand experience. Immersion programs can be a powerful learning tool that surrounds a person with culture and experience of another. It develops human relationships and creates understandings of solidarity and compassion between individuals and communities. An immersion trip moves people to confront essential questions of justice, freedom and the human condition.
Soulful Discoveries is about ‘learning’ rather than ‘doing’. It is not about teaching English, working in orphanages or building houses or schools; it is introducing participants to the history, political, social, economic, cultural and spiritual life of Cambodia. Importantly, it is also about exploring diversity, adversity and disadvantage through a lens of compassion and sensitivity.
Our hope is through your experience with us you will embark on a transformative journey to live an authentically empowered life rich with meaning, connection, purpose, and gratitude. True empowerment and transformation comes however when each participant leaves this experience and makes a decision to use yourself and everything you have been given to serve that which is greater than yourself. Whether you embark on a long term volunteer placement, become a vocal activist for a cause you are passionate about, fundraising for a charity close to home or overseas, or use your gifts and talents in a more authentic and meaningful way... whatever you choose we hope this experience helps you to discover your 'inner soul and purpose'.
Do you have a desire to be a ‘change maker’? Are you drawn to ‘doing good in the world’? Are you ready to learn, be inspired and challenged?
There are many people in the world who are passionate and excited about tackling some of todays global challenges and making a difference to humanity. But knowing what to do, how to do it and where to go can be complicated.
International volunteering has grown exponentially over the past decade. People are genuinely seeking purpose and meaning in their lives and with an array of volunteering programs on offer it can become a daunting and expensive experience. Further to this, there are important elements and questions that are often overlooked in this multi-million dollar Industry.
- What about the people and communities we seek to serve. How are they really impacted through the experiences of volunteers?
- Do we really understand the context and culture of the communities we now find ourselves living in?
- Do I really have the skills and experience to match the position I am now working in?
- Is it realistic to expect that over the course of a few weeks or a few months that I can really make a difference to a community?
Unfortunately, volunteering can often be wasteful, and at its worst —Volunteering can cause more harm than good.
Soulful Discoveries provides a learning service opportunity that also adds benefit to the communities you will visit. We are driven by purpose not profit, therefore, all profits contribute towards our work in the field tackling poverty, inequality and disrupting the chain supply for trafficking and exploitation of young women and girls. Further to this a donation will be made to the projects and organisations who you will visit on this program.
The Kingdom of Cambodia, formerly Kampuchea, is a Southeast Asian nation that borders Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and the Gulf of Thailand. The capital city is Phnom Penh. Situated in the southwest of the Indochinese peninsula, Cambodia occupies a total area of 181,035 square kilometres and borders Thailand to the west and northwest, Laos to the northeast, Vietnam to the east, and Gulf of Thailand to the southwest. Like most of Southeast Asia, Cambodia’s climate is hot and warm almost all year round. The climate is dominated by the annual monsoon cycle of rainy and dry seasons. The rainy season lasts from May to October, and the dry season from November to April. December to January are the coolest months, while the hottest period is in April.
Although Cambodia is one of the most beautiful counties in south east Asia it is also one of the poorest with many Cambodians living on under $2.00 per day. More than 50% of the population is under 30 years of age—a legacy of the Pol Pot Khmer Rouge Genocide where close to 2.5 million people lost their lives. Cambodia has undoubtedly come a very long way since those dark days and today you will be touched by the warmth and ever present smiling faces of the Khmer people—regardless of their circumstances.
Understanding the experience of the communities we are visiting or we seek to serve
1. Culture & Language
2. Religion & Spirituality
3. History & Khmer Rouge
4. Exploring the natural beauty of the landscape
Social Justice & Human Rights
Rare insights and understanding about the complexities and issues of a ‘developing country’
1. Structural causes of poverty
2. Human Trafficking/Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Labour exploitation
3. Child Protection/Child Rights/Orphanage tourism
4. International Aid & Development— Sustainability & impact. Australia’s role in Development
Living an authentically empowered life rich with meaning, connection, purpose and gratitude.
· The importance of being a ‘Global Citizen’
· Understanding that ‘Sometimes doing good causes harms’ - Being a responsible volunteer and /or a child safe traveller
· Leadership, self awareness, reflection and discerning personal discoveries
ITINERARY & BOOKING DETAILS:
This is a small group tour (max 15 people) so to avoid disappointment book today!
Bookings and deposit must be received by Monday 8th January 2018 with final payment due Thursday 1st February.
ONLINE BOOKING FORM CLICK HERE