Junior Leaders Journey to Phnom Udong

July 18, 2014 – The ancient royal city of Udong, about 40 kilometers from Phnom Penh, was once the home of kings before being largely destroyed by the Khmer Rouge. Now, the site is popular with tourists and the perfect place for our junior leaders to gain some wisdom and experience.

What exactly are junior leaders? They’re the hard-working students who help out the elderly in our granny program, distribute shoes from TOMS to those and need, facilitate our evening food program, and more. They’re role models to the younger kids and a promising look at Cambodia’s future leaders.

Ninety-one of the junior leaders started the day at the pagoda near the base of the mountain. There, they learned how to clear their minds and meditate from the monks and nuns in the pagoda’s library.

After meditating, they climbed the 509 steps to the temples at the top of the mountain. Amidst the spectacular views, the junior leaders learned about the rich history of the ancient city. Later, they gathered around a stupa for some team-building and critical-thinking games.

Check out some of the photos from the trip.

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