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Engaging Development in Cambodia January 2016 For the January interim of 2016, all students must complete 5 blog posts on the course blog.  It is mandatory that all students complete the last question (forthcoming)  – as one of the 5 posts.   Students may answer more than 4 questions.  Students may also add more blog posts not related to the blog questions – including sharing pictures etc. Note that we will add the questions here when they are assigned. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Blog Question#1:  [tag=Blogpost1]

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Blogpost 1: A brief post to help us get to know each other. This post should include at least three of the following items:
  1. A short list of things that are really important to who I am
  2. One of my favorite Bible passages
  3. One of my personal strengths that I can contribute to the group this January
  4. My prayer for this interim
  5. A personal spiritual, learning, or experiential goal for this January in Southeast Asia
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11 January 2016: In Bangkok we learned about individuals embedding in slum communities (UNOH - United Neighbors of Hope). We heard the stories of refugees from Ethiopia and Pakistan trying to avoid deportation while creating a life for their children. Half the team visited the elderly in one of the slums with Noi of the Ruth Center, while the other half learned about the work of the Tamar Center in the sex tourism capitol of the world Pataya. After these experiences, what is one insight you can share or one question you have for God?

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13 January 2016: We crossed the border and started our time in Siem Reap the tourism center of Cambodia. We were introduced to our hosting organizations here: NIBI and NIBC. Since leaving Grand Rapids one week ago, what new pieces have been added to your picture of God's world. Blog Question#4: [tag=Blogpost4]

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17 January 2016: In Siem Reap we enjoyed the markets and tourist attractions as well as service learning (moving dirt, teaching English lessons, cleaning the playground) and getting to know NIBI students through basketball, frisbee, and worship services together. In our course packets we completed a worksheet on our own "tourist" vs "pilgrim" orientations to this study trip. Reflect on your worksheet results and on how you have balanced, integrated, or felt the conflicts of the "tourist" and "pilgrim" within, especially during our time in Siem Reap. Blog question#5: [tag=Blogpost5] Click here for entries for this blog question 25 January 2016: the freebie. You may post once reporting or reflecting on an insiht ir experience related to our course topics and experiences. Blog question#6: [tag=Blogpost6] Click here for entries for this blog question 25 January 2016:  We visited the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the Cheoung ek Killing fields memorial. How do we wrap our heads around the Cambodian holocaust? How do we open our hearts to the stories and suffering and still move forward with hope? Blog Question#7: [tag=Blogpost7] Click here for entries for this blog question 25 January 2016: How does our exposure to the Cambodian genocide inform your understanding of the current Cambodian culture and society? How does it frame and affect development work in the country today? Final Blog Question#8: [tag=Blogpost8] Elevator Speech (Mandatory for all students) Click here for entries for this blog question 29 January 2016: Please answer this blog assignment right before you come back to Calvin. An elevator speech is a short summary speech that last about the length of an elevator ride (maybe 1 to 3 minutes). When you get home, everyone is going to ask “How was Cambodia”. You usually will have about 3 minutes to answer (like an elevator speech) so instead of saying “Uh… it was good…” it would be better to have spent some time preparing how to answer this question. Please create a short blog post summarizing your experiences this interim.   2016 copyright Calvin College