Internship in Cambodia (Week 3)
January 5, 2017
Category: Student Blogs
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!
I 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.