Be bold 

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 

Meet the family 

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!

We’ll See 

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