2019 ROL Cambodia Literacy & Clean Water Expedition

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Proposed Event Agenda

Oct. 18 (Friday)
Arrive in Phnom Penh
Airport Transportation to Hotel
Recover, Free time

Oct. 19 (Saturday)
Free time and recover from travels. Suggested activities:
Shopping at Russian Market (walking distance from our hotel),
Visit Killing Fields (short tuk tuk ride from our hotel),
Visit River Front District,
Shopping for school supplies for upcoming Literacy projects at a local school and village.
Evening: Game night with local youth group. Humanitarians can bring simple games such as "Minute to Win It" activities.

Oct. 20th (Sunday)
Morning - Free time, option to visit local church,
Afternoon: Lunch and Cultural Dance Performance hosted and presented by a local orphanage
Evening: Cultural Fireside hosted by our local friends.

Oct. 21 (Monday)
ROL Literacy and Clean Water Village projects

Visit rural schools and communities with locally purchased Clean Water Filtration containers (they will receive instruction and education from our local NGO partner and associate interpreter on their value and use)

Humanitarians will bring children's books with them and provide conversational English workshops and activities. Books will then be donated to the school we are "adopting" to create their library. These projects will be in partnership with Rotary International.

Evening Dinner and free time on own.

Oct. 22 (Tuesday)
ROL Literacy and Clean Water Expedition rural village activities continued
Evening Dinner and free time on own.

Oct. 23 (Wednesday)
ROL Literacy and Clean Water Expedition rural village activities continued
Evening dinner and free time on own

Oct. 24 (Thursday)
Cultural and Historical Training - Day trip Flight to Angkor Wat
Late afternoon flight back to Phnom Penh. Free time and Dinner on own

Oct. 25 (Friday) Flights home

Event Description

Reach Out And Learn is pleased to present the 2019 Cambodia Literacy & Clean Water Expedition. Reach Out And Learn events and activities will be held in and around Phnom Penh, Cambodia October 18-26, 2019.This exciting trip will includes a historical and cultural training day trip flight to Angkor Wat! Free time is scheduled for opportunities such as visiting a nearby Killing Fields, shopping, exploring, and purchasing Humanitarian supplies locally to support the economy. The objective of our activities and projects is to provide a setting where humanitarians from the U.S. serve, educate and learn together with local Cambodian educators and health leaders. We endeavor to bolster children's futures by developing and promoting English proficiency, their most valuable key out of poverty. We will be bringing our favorite English children's books to read to the school children which we will then leave with the school to create their library that currently has lovely shelves, empty and waiting for our support! We will also be purchasing local water filtration buckets and delivering them to needy families around this same community. Our local NGO partner and our ROL Staff interpreter will help us in training each family and community group on how to use the water filtration buckets and the life saving and extending health benefits of drinking clean water.

Group Therapy Training, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Bring Friends and Family

This Reaqch Out and Learn Humanitarian event is designed so that participants can bring family and friends to enjoy a life changing and deeply meaningful sustainable expedition experience in Cambodia. our efforts and interactions with these beautiful Cambodian people and culture which will prove to be unforgettable and heart warming. Our Event Directors have extensive experience in globaal, sustainable humanitarian service. We work closely with a highly qualified in-country travel service based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia who help us with our hotel and travel arrangements.

Conference Directors and Faculty

Sheila Huntsman, M.A. Ed. C.

Sheila Huntsman has a Master's Degree in Education Counseling and a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She has also received a State certification in Mediation, studied Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Brain Gym and many other counseling techniques.

Sheila uses Neurofeedback "brain training" to help those who struggle with symptoms associated with ADHD, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and sleep issues. She has many years of experience and now utilizes Neurofeedback, using an FDA approved device, to help people overcome challenges in order to function well.

Sheila is married to Michael J Huntsman and they are the parents of five children and have just recently become grandparents. She enjoys spending quality time with her family as well as running, hiking. swimming. playing the piano, organ, marimba and vibraphone.

Ben H. Smith, M.M.F.T., A.S.A.T., P.G.I. Consultant

Through his studies and dedication to the field of Sexual Addiction, Ben contributes a comprehensive perspective on therapy and coaching for individuals, couples and teens in Spanish and English.

In 2013 Ben earned a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. During his internship, he worked with a wide range of clients, including individuals and couples and families. Previously Ben worked at Vanderbilt Medical Center as a Spanish Medical Interpreter for 4 years.

While working on his undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Spanish, he became fascinated with the Spanish language and the diversity of Latino cultures. He also served a Mission in Mexico City, where he grew to love and respect the people there.

Ben finished his CSAT training with Patrick Carnes and associates in 2014 and is an Associate Sexual Addiction Therapist (ASAT). He is also a coach and consultant with the Proctor Gallagher Institute, trained and mentored by the greatest teacher of human potential and success, Bob Proctor. Ben now gives presentations and webinars to people all over the world helping them overcome life’s challenges and creating the life of their dreams.

Ben resides outside of Nashville, Tennessee with his beautiful wife and eight children. His hobbies include spending time with family, rustic woodwork, riding horses, camping, fishing and nature.

Heather Traeden, M.S./RBT, Child Life Specialist

Services Coordinator, Neurobehavioral Center, Registered Behavior Technician

Heather has a master's degree in human development and social policy from the University of Utah and hopes to coninue her education to gain a Ph.D. in psychology in the next few years. She has worked with children for over 16 years in a variety of capacities including Child Life Specialist, preschool owner and director, and RBT. She also helped created and has served as a board member for Legacy Preparatory Academy, a local charter school, for the past 12 years. Heather loves children and believes strongly in providing opportunities for and supporting each child's power to achieve their full potential.​​ She is currently working for Neurobehavioral Center in Bountiful.

Margo Cowley, BS, Director of Operations (S-PM)

Education: BS Utah State University, Fashion Merchandising with minors in Business and Interior Design & Textiles. Business License for Interior Design business

Years at S-PM: 26 Years

S-PM Duties: She oversees all the insurance needs, benefits, and shares the human resource and all aspects of the business operations with Mike Stangl.

Personal Interests: Margo has been married for 35 years and has two beautiful married children and one wonderful grandson. She loves her family and spending as much time as possible with them, friends, serving others, hiking, skiing, quilting, reading, traveling and family history.

Questions & Answers (FAQs)

How do I sign up? What's the next step?

Get your flight (more flight details below) and register for the 2019 Cambodia Mental Health and Humanitarian Event.

To view the registration fees, select a registration type from the dropdown menu, then click the "Details" link when it appears.

How do I book and pay for a flight from the United States, to and from Cambodia?

1. Purchase a ticket through an online travel site (Expedia, Travelosity, Yahoo Travel, etc.), or...
2. Purchase a ticket through specific airline Websites (American, Delta, United, Hainan, etc.) or...
3. Use your frequent flier miles/award points,
4. Call a travel agent at a travel service such as Christopherson Travel. Christopherson Business Travel: 866 327-7606 Toll free, 801 327-7668 Direct line

When should I purchase my USA to Cambodia flight?

Check the flight prices daily as prices are known to fluctuate from day to day (specific days of the week may offer a better price). At times specific airlines may offer better prices than other online travel service online sites. We have found that flight prices change significantly (up and down) from day to day.

Is a travel visa required?

As of January 2019...

You can purchase a one-month Cambodia tourist visa at the airport upon arrival in Cambodia. Be sure to have USD $30 cash and one passport-sized photo.

Should I purchase Travel Insurance?

We recommend that you purchase travel insurance. It is available from various providers. You can search online for travel insurance.

What should I pack? The following list includes packing list suggestions: (It is not recommended that you bring everything on this list)

Additional tourist attire:

Waterproof sandals
Nice comfortable attire such as slacks or skirt and dress shirt for sit-down dinner or possible worship services

Personal Medical Pouch (we recommend the following):

Insect repellent & itch-balm plus or other hydro-cortisone-base cream
Sunscreen along with Chap stick or Blistex-type lip ointment
Small first aid kit with Band-Aids, ointment, tweezers, medications etc.
Pain reliever
Diarrhea medication (Imodium/Pepto Bismo, etc.)
Constipation medication
Cold & allergy medication, throat lozenges or cough drops
Other personal prescriptions if applicable

Personal Toiletries:

Personal hygiene items, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, towel, wash cloth, soap, deodorant, etc. (an antiseptic cleanser can be a skin saver)
Antibacterial wet wipes--the equivalent of 80-100 wipes per person. Individual pouches can be very convenient.


Personal snack supply: You will buy your own food/water in country, but if you are a "picky eater" or have favorites you can't live without…bring your snacks you prefer (trail mix, granola bars, dried fruit, etc.)
Headlamp or emergency flashlight (to be used when the power goes out)
Box/Duct/Strapping tape to be used to repair luggage or to use in the villages.

Items to entertain or leave with those in the villages, such as,
Long jump ropes (more than one person can jump at the same time)
Cultural sharing items i.e. a small musical instrument that you play, magic tricks, costume, etc.
Compact indoor games or projects i.e. cards or beads & yarn
Compact outdoor games, bubbles & blower)

Do I need to sign a Waiver, Release, & Indemnity?

All Reach Out & Learn Volunteers/Participants are required to sign a waiver form. Once you register for an event, we will email you a participation waiver for you and your family members. Please complete this form, sign, scan, and email it to us at info@reachoutandlearn.org

What can I bring with me as gifts for our Cambodian friends?

Anything (t-shirts, pins) with printing on it that will help them identify where we're from. (Utah, Salt Lake, UofU, BYU, etc.

Passport and Immigration Card

Keep your passport and immigration card (if required) in a convenient, yet secure, spot. When checking into hotels, onto planes and trains, some of the tourist sites, leaving the country, etc., you are required to show your passport. Your Immigration form may be required when you leave Cambodia for your return flight to the U.S.

Missed flights, missed connections, delayed luggage, etc.

Reach Out And Learn is not responsible for missed flights, missed connections, standby flights, missing luggage, delayed luggage, your late arrival to Cambodia, or airline change fees. We have learned that it is important to have at least two hours between flights in order to have time to make connecting flights. When making your flight reservations from the U.S. to Phnom Penh, you may choose to select an itinerary that has at least two hours between connecting flights. If your flight from the U.S. to Phnom Penh is postponed or delayed for any reason, we will anticipate that you will join our activities when you arrive in Cambodia. We are also not responsible if you miss bus, train, or airline departures in Cambodia. We are not responsible for your wake up calls or to make sure you board buses, trains, or flights in time for their departures. However, we will make reasonable effort to make you aware of our itinerary and departure times so you can plan for and anticipate departures so you will be able to continue with the group. During your travel to Cambodia, if for any reason you do not arrive in time for the group's shuttle to our hotel in Phnom Penh, please let us know by email for text as we may be able to work with our in-country travel agent to adjust your schedule and possibly avoid ticket-change fees.

At which hotel should I stay when I arrive in Phnom Penh?

This information will be available here soon.

How much cash should I bring?

We suggest you start with $200 cash. You can exchange U.S. dollars from a teller at a bank in Cambodia (you must have your passport) into the local currency the morning after you arrive in Phnom Penh, or at the airport in the baggage claim area (they charge a per exchange commission fee ($10 last time I checked). Of course, a bank, such as Wells Fargo in downtown Salt Lake has foreign currencies, or you can use a debit card to get local currency from ATM machines in Cambodia (there is at least one transaction fee (up to $3 last time I checked) I like to have bottled water available when I arrive in Phnom Penh (to drink the first night at the hotel), which is available for you to purchase in Cambodia.

Where can I find traveller health/vaccination information?

Please visit the CDC Website for Cambodia to find Traveler recommendations. For general questions, please contact the Reach Out & Learn Office by e-mail: info@reachoutandlearn.org

When can I give items to children and community members?

Reach Out And Learn has found that the best way for us to distribute items is to give them to professionals in our humanitarian conferences and have them give them to people in need in small villages. Local professionals typically know those who are most in need. We also plan to give items such as first-aid and hygiene kits to the community leaders, such as the school master or teacher.

Early Registration Deadline

The early registration deadline is Friday, January 12, 2018. After that date, the registration fees increase $100, since, with less time to make hotel, transportation, and other arrangements, the costs for those items increases.

Registration Cancellation Policy

Conference cancellation requests received 40 days before your arrival in Cambodia, will receive a full refund minus a $300 cancellation fee. Conference registration requests received after 40 days before your arrival in Cambodia, will receive no refund. Please send cancellation requests to info@reachoutandlearn.org. You must receive a cancellation confirmation (e-mail) from us to confirm your cancellation.

Where can I find information About Traveling to and getting around in Cambodia?


Reach Out And Learn Event Cancellation Policy

Please register as early as possible, as the Expedition Planning Committee may cancel the expedition if a minimum number of registrants is not reached.


Reach Out And Learn reserves the right to change information on this Web page as well as arrangements associated with our agenda or the conference or expedition agendas, as necessary.

Paying by Check?

If paying by check, please make checks payable to Reach Out And Learn and mail to 188 W. 2000 S. Bountiful, Utah 84010-5553.

Continuing Education Information

Each conference participant will receive a certificate of attendance/participation.