UD and DMC students gathered for a photograph before splitting into groups for the day. (Photo credit: Sun Kumphak)
Today we visited the Department of Media and Communication (DMC) to experience life as a college student in Cambodia. The purpose of today’s tripwas not only to understand the differences between the University of Delaware and the Royal University of Phnom Penn, but also to experience the differences between students growing up in completely different cultures.
The morning consisted of back and forth Power Points and questions regarding culture, family life, education, work, extra-curricular, and fun. We got to experience their fun first-hand as we went off to explore Phnom Penh. No two groups had the same experience as you can see in the slideshow, and each will cherish their memories forever.
(Images in video by: Amelia Wang, Kimberly Blasnik, Lauren Wilson, Kerry Snyder, Kevin Chang, Katie Bonanno, Kun Chenda, Courtney Dressler)
One experience started with a tuk-tuk ride to Meitei restaurant serving authentic Khmer cuisine. Our guides selected a variety of dishes that reminded them of home, which was convenient for us because the menu was completely in Khmer. After lunch, they took us to the market to buy souvenirs for home and helped us barter with merchants. Then, they took us to an eight story mall, which they called the supermarket. We had lots of fun in the game room and followed up with ice cream sundaes and funny pictures. Next, they gave us a tuk-tuk tour of Phnom Penh, pointing out all the major cultural landmarks, including the S-21 prison. Back at the University, we were sad to say goodbye but happy about the friendships we made.
We finished the night off with a full group dinner held on the terrace of the FCC Boutique Hotel. All in all, the day’s activities were fun but what we will remember most was the conversations we had and the laughs we shared.
A picture perfect moment. (Photobooth picture)