What to expect when you’re expected in Cambodia.
The short answer is: I don’t know.
This fall, I’m spending three months in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as part of American Jewish World Service’s volunteer corps. (This isn’t a religious mission; it’s volunteering based on the idea of repairing the world.) During my time in Phnom Penh, I’m working with a non-governmental organization (NGO) as a writer and editor on a variety of projects. I am excited and honored to do this work, and I can only image the challenges—personal, professional, political—that may arise.
I’ve been advised that the two best things to bring with me are flexibility and a sense of humor. I’ve got plenty of both (I think, I hope). Stay tuned.
Note: NGOs advocate for a wide range of populations and causes, including support for illegal refugees and work on issues that may conflict with current governing bodies. Because of this, AJWS has asked that we not publicly share the names of our partner NGOs.