This Advent season feels different. I could have expected this, I guess, since I am thousands of miles from the US and living in a predominantly Buddhist culture. But the odd feeling of the season has really struck me. I find I have time to think quite a bit here – when I plan lessons, … More Be bold
There are six other wonderful individuals that are also serving in Cambodia with YAGM this year. Each person is thoughtful, resilient, and passionate. We have quickly become a close bunch, like a family. In honor of our first retreat approaching quickly, where we will spend time reflecting and sharing about our service so far, I … More Meet the family
Welcome to Kampong Speu Province! During my YAGM year I will live and work with the NGO Life with Dignity in the Kampong Speu Province. My site is in a rural district near the mountains. Below are some photos to give you an idea of daily life at my service site. I have … More Welcome!
Throughout the past few weeks I have thought a lot about trust. I (probably most individuals) find trust challening. Trusting others, trusting situations, trusting myself. I have built up walls that allow me to walk through life not needing to rely on others too much for fear of not being strong or capable or for … More When in doubt… trust.
Wow. I am still in shock that I am actually in Cambodia when I wake up in our guesthouse every morning. I have thought about the journey here for many months and now I have been here for a week. Such an indescribable feeling. The journey began with a week of YAGM orientation in Chicago … More We’ll See
About one week. That’s how long I have left in Des Moines. On August 19 I fly to Chicago for a week of training. On August 26 I will travel with the other six yagm volunteers to Cambodia. I have been looking forward to these two dates for some time now after I accepted the … More Preparations