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Internship in Cambodia (Week 3)

Posted by Shannon Morton '17

January 5, 2017

Category: Student Blogs

Cambodia_Week3_FRIDAY-6.jpgMerry Christmas!!  

At work this week, Diane and I prepared and hosted a grantwriting  seminar. We focused on how to finding and  emphasizing common values with the donor and being clear  and concise about what will be accomplished and why. The  idea is that by teaching the process instead of writing the grant,  they will have someone to write grants even when volunteers  aren't around. Funding seems to be a big issue, as it is with any  organization. I spent the rest of the week searching for potential  grants to apply to and organizations to solicit. 

Wednesday, at the volunteer house, they hosted a Christmas  dinner for us. I slacked off from work and took the morning to  do some Christmas shopping in the market. I made  pomegranate salsa to contribute to the dinner because I knew  the main ingredients- cilantro, lime, and onion- would be  readily available since I have never had a meal here without  them. As it turned out, the tortilla chips were what was difficult  to find. We ended up finding a pretty western grocery store  though that had chips and syrup! Pancake Friday just got so  much better! 

Cambodia_Week3_FRIDAY-17.jpgI was so excited for  Christmas dinner that I was  the first person downstairs.  Mr. D had decorated and  was playing Christmas  music. We had turkey with  gravy, kabobs, broccoli, and  salad. Everything was so  good. I think it was the first  time I was truly full since  being here. Everyone sat  around, mostly telling stories  of traveling- either places  they had been or, more  often, places they wanted to  go. 

Over the weekend, I went to Siem Reap. This is the  province with Angkor Wat, which is by far the most visited  place in Cambodia with about 2 million visitors a year. It  hasn't quite made the list of Seven Wonders of the World,  although I think there is a campaign. It is, however, the  largest religious monument in the world and a national  symbol of Cambodia, as evidenced by the Cambodian flag.  The temple was built in the 12th century, when the Khmer  Empire was in its prime. It is said to have survived the  Khmer Rouge regime because they were too superstitious to  destroy it, despite destroying many other temples in the  country.

Angkor Wat is actually only one  of a huge array of temples in the  area. I have been told many times  over that two days was not  enough to see all the temples, but  that was all I had.


Catawba senior Shannon Morton of Millington, Md. is a double major in Economics & Finance and Accounting.  An honors student, she is working on a thesis on microfinance and economic development with Dr. Eric Hake, professor of economics and chair of the Department of Business, serving as the chair for her thesis committee, along with Drs. Norris Feeney (professor of politics) and Buster Smith (professor of sociology). In the summer, Shannon mentioned to Dr. Hake that she wanted to pursue international travel associated with her honors thesis in order to do research.  She researched, found, and applied for a program entitled UBELONG on her own.  The Ketner School of Business and Honors program provided her with some financial support and her international experience in Cambodia began on December 4 and will continue through January 14.

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