Outdoor Leadership Program for Youth

Lunch in Mondolkiri
Sit and spot on the cliff in Kirirom
Making fire
Morning in Mondolkiri

Last year we had Outdoor leadership exploration which we learn about outdoor skills and here is the link to what I wrote at that time  http://chetra.ligeracademyblog.org/2019/02/13/outdoor-leadership-exploration/. I was very lucky to be able to experience this. As a change agent, we created Outdoor program exploration which we create the program for Cambodia youth to share our knowlnge to all of them.  

In this program we have out impact statement which state “To empower Cambodian youth to be outdoor leaders and environmental stewards by introducing them to natural spaces, raising awareness of conservation threats, and nurturing the passion and skills needed to positively impact their communities.” 

 

Our Goals:

  1. Participants will be exposed to natural spaces in their provinces they may not have known about before and experience them in a way that encourages environmental stewardship
  2. Participants will learn backcountry survival, leadership, and teamwork skills including trip planning and preparation; leave-no-trace policies; travel; camping; risk management; wilderness medicine and emergency first-aid training; group leadership and facilitation; and self-awareness through challenge by choice and calculated risk-taking

 

  1. Participants will learn how to observe the natural world around them and develop an appreciation and wonder for natural spaces in their own province

 

  1. Participants will feel empowered to become environmental leaders in their school communities by sharing their knowledge with peers and creating sustainable solutions to environmental problems (planting trees, picking up trash, reducing waste, etc.)

 

  1. Participants will be challenged to step outside of their comfort zones and build self-awareness by interacting with new people and adapting to new environments and situations

 

 

  1. Participants will be encouraged to break down gender stereotypes and barriers by actively supporting female participation in sports and outdoor activities 
  2. In working with the Ministry, we hope to make outdoor leadership a more formal part of the government curriculum so similar programs may be implemented in schools around Cambodia

There are many challenges for us to plan out what are we going to teaches and how will our workshop plan look like. We had created, make changes, try it out and do our best to make the workshop work as possible. 

In the end, I believe that this project will last long and I also be able to share my experience being an outdoor leader to others youth. Hopefully, they get all of these things and make the positively impact to their communities.

Humans of Cambodia

Humans of Cambodia is the exploration that getting people life story and to do that we interview a lot of people. Their story isn’t simple we ask them the question about the sadness or happiness other question about their life that can express their feeling to other people to feel like them. We also take pictures of them and write a description about their story and post it in our blog. I have been interview a lot of people but not all of them will share their story because of it their personal. I did learn a lot about writing people story into a short description that can describe everythings, edit pictures for the blog and the skill of approach people to feel comfortable to share their story.

This exploration has to go out a lot because we need to go and interview people in different places because we want to get different lifestyle and different story that we can get. I can see that different places that we go we can get a lot of differents story. I feel like people who live in the place that doesn’t develop they love to share their story to us to remembers how hard is their life but for those who live in the develop place their doesn’t seem open and they always igneous and say “I’m busy now”. Only a few people who live in the develop places wanted to share because they also have a hard time for the past until they get rich nowadays.

 

I really love this exploration because I love to listen to people story and I assume that people will understand each other well, of their past and their story. And at the end, our team had made a blog that contain all the people story that we got.

And here is our website: http://humansofcambodia.ligeracademyblog.org/

 

This picture we took it with the social workers of CCF and they lead us to interview with people who got their house burn
The picture with Helping Hand
This picture when we interview a grandma who got their house burn and live in the place where CCF build for them

Outdoor Leadership Exploration

I have been changed that I can put myself in any situation and with no complaint about everything that I have or everything that I take. For the past, I always complain when I did get tired but now I always put myself in any position so everything I do it will be easy to take the risk. Outdoor leadership to me is to help people, to survive in the wood, to be brave… It the word that shows who I am because I go to show what I can do and my behavior.I wanted Cambodia people to do more trekking so they will explore more things in nature but trekking for Cambodia people is riding a car so I want to change their hobby to walk in the forest or try to camp cause they don’t think about nature a lot. But the question is how? I probably thinking if there a place that lets people stay there and camp so Cambodian people can go there easily. Example អន្លង់ភ្ញៀវ was famous by people who go there post the pictures of that place on Facebook, so when their friends see it look cool and fun they probably gonna go there. So if there a place to camp, making fire… in the wood maybe if someone goes there and they had a lot of fun they gonna call there friend, so there will be more people go there and there.

The trip to Mondolkiri and Kirirom

Mondolkiri and Kampong Spue which know as the province that had a lot of wild animals, forest and indegenouis people. What we did in Mondolkiri and in Kampong Speu is nearly the same just something that is different is when we go to Mondolkiri we were cooking food in the forest and the food was a traditional Pnong food which is so delicious. In Mondulkiri, we were sleeping in RDI which is Non-governmental organization and RDI is NGO that does the cleaning water in Cambodia and in Kirirom national park we were sleeping in the heaven cliff and Sros Srong which are two different places. Totally I had trekked for more than 60 km and more than 60,000 steps which is so tired because we need to walk up and down the mountain but no one was complaining about this, we all just try our best to get to the targets.

We learn how to cook Phnong food from our guide, it the food that cooks in the bamboo because in the forest we can’t bring the pot so we use the bamboo instead. We also see a lot of animals, cool plants, insect such as Elephant, lizard, birds… On the trip, we did a lot of sit and spot which is we spot something to write about or create a poem, for me I wrote how nature make my mind clear “Breathing the fresh air, looking at green leave hearing the sound of the animals, waterfall, air and leave make me feel like I am at the heaven. All the depression inside my head has blown away, all the tired and stress has release out of my brain,

Group photo in Kirirom

Group pictures in Mondolkiri

Making fire
Sporting birds

On the way to the heaven cliff

Cooking fish and pork

The way to the waterfall
I found a grasshopper on top of the tent
Morning in Mondolkiri

The representative statue of Mondolkiri

my heart is now in nature”.

 

 

Precious Plastic

Precious Plastic is an exploration that recycles the plastic into things that we can use.
We not only recycle plastic but we learned a lot about plastic such as how it made, how it affects our environment and what did some people do to stop using plastic and many more things. Another thing is that we learned about the four machines that they use to recycle plastic such as Shredder machine, Extrusion machine Injection machine, and Compression machine. We also plane to make Shredder machine but we can’t because of several reasons like takes time and if we make it, it really dangerous for us to use.

We had a trip to Siem Reap and we go to Naga Earth and Rehash Trash. I learned a lot how plastics and old cooking oil are recycled into many things that we use every day like plastic to bracelet, keychain, water bottles frame and old cooking oils into Eco-Friendly Soap biodiesel Fue. Naga Earth is one of the companies that take the cooking oil waste and recycle it into Eco-Friendly Soap to wash hand and into biodiesel fue for the car and it doesn’t affect our environment a lot. They also recycle paper and make it into their business card by using the silk screen to print. Naga earth also gives away they soap to government schools in Cambodia. Rehash Trash is recycle plastic into things that we can use. When we come back, we teach other students in Liger to know how to make bracelet and keychain from plastic and recycle the paper that we had used. When we come back from Siam Reim, we alo teach other junior students how to recycle the plastic that we learned from Naga Earth and how to knit plastic into things the we learned from Rehash Trash. We do this because we wanted to share our knowlege to other peopel.

 Plastics are all around Cambodia and the world so if there are more companies that recycle plastic there will be less plastic, also we need our people to use fewer plastics and our environment will be better.   

 

From plastic that throw away into bracelet and keychain
Learning how to knit plastic to bracelet and other staff with Rehash Trash
Teaching other Junior students how to recycle paper that we learned from Naga Earth
Teaching other Junior students how to knit the plastic that we learned from Rehash Trash
Silk screen in Naga Earth 
Learning how to recycle paper
Using the Eco-Friendly Soap from Naga Earth

   Geography Exploration

                    Geography is the best exploration in my second year at liger, every junior gotta have this exploration. Our facilitators divided us into four teams and each team have 15 people, each team will have 7 weeks to research about the provinces that they need to work on. In that 7 weeks, we have 1 week to go on a trip to the provinces that we need information about. After, 7 weeks another team need to research and find information about the provinces that they need to work on. I am in team 4 that is focused on the eastern part of Cambodia, which have Kratie, Stung Treng, Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri province.  For that 7 weeks, I need to work so hard to get information for these provinces. Before going on the trip we need to prepare a lot of question to ask people and the Department of Culture and Fine Arts. Also, we need to prepare our personnel staff to like clothes, computer, book, pens and pencils and a lot more. On the week that we go on the trip, everyone sleeps at 10 P.M and woke up at 5:30 A.M or earlier, so a lot of people get tired but we put a lot of effort to get a lot of information to put in my book.

   

   Cambodian geography book is made for government schools and other people interested in learning about Cambodia. We make this book for Cambodian people, students, and other people to know more about Cambodia. In our country, they aren’t a specific book about geography in Cambodia, so we are the first students who make this book.

My highlight of the trip is that I gotta learned Tom Puon language, which is the indigenous people language. I learned indigenous people language by interview an old man that lives near to Yeak laom lake that we went and he is indigenous people (Tom Puon). He not only told us about the indigenous language but he told us more about the history of Yeak laom lake and even though, he told us the hidden places in Ratanakiri province and the history of it. I really love what he did because he shares what he knows for us to know too, so we can put the information in the book. He told us to be good kids, to be we can be a change again so we can change our country to be better.  

To sum up, for our research we need to put a lot of effort to get information for our book. Also, we need to interview a lot of people to gets a lot of information. In addition, to get a lot of information from other people is not easy we need to tell them about our plane and explain to them why we need this information.

Community documentary

Community documentary is an exploration that on makes the document about four villages that in Kampong Speu province, there are Srey Sompong, Tro Paing Leap, Prey Unser and Cruk PoPul. We are making the video to show the new generation how the villages are changing over time. I also put a lot of effort to make the video because it needed a lot of time.

First of all, it so hard for me because I never know how to edited video in Premiere Pro so I need to learning by myself, try thing in that and watch the youtube video. For interviewing and taking video is so easy for me but the hardest thing is editing video, all of my friends in this exploration, they never know how to edit video in Premiere Pro but now they know how because they try to it. It similar to my quotes because if you don’t try new thing you never know how to do it but if you try it, nothing you can’t earn, at least you know how to do it a little bit.

Our final result is that we got the video to show the villager in these villages that we went to. Also, I got many experiences with editing video and how to make documentary videos.