2017 Cambodia Public Health

Conference Description

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Reach Out And Learn (ROL) presents the Cambodia Public Health & Self Reliance training event, 2017 (ROL in Cambodia). This event will be held in Cambodia, May 12 - 18, 2017. The objective of this event is to provide a setting where foreign professionals receive in-depth training on techniques and practices that will help individuals, families, and communities become more self-sustaining and help those in need. This training is unique in that it is a "Train the Trainer" course where public & mental health professionals, faculty, and students from the U.S. "learn together" with their Cambodian peers who focus on issues that exist that impact health and well being. These "trained" professionals will be tasked with training hundreds of their colleagues in practices to improve the way they help those in need! The ROL model helps leaders make greater strides toward collaborating together to tackle issues and problems that have inhibited their ability to work together to help those in need.

The objective of this ROL event is to provide an opportunity for service oriented individuals, and those interested in public and mental health issues and the resultant problems, to receive and disseminate best practices and the latest information on topics that improve the quality of health. Our effort is to bring together professionals who specialize in areas directly related to public and mental health and to place these experts in an educational setting that fosters learning, stimulates purposeful discussions, and encourages peer networking.

Additionally, at the ROL in Cambodia event, we will be promoting "Interweave" self-reliance/micro enterprize training.

Skylar Smoot

Bring Friends and Family

This event is designed so that trainers may bring family and friends who may visit rural villages to assess needs and to learn about and experience the Cambodian people and culture. Cultural/historical tours may also be included that helps our volunteers gain a background from which to better address problems and challenges faced by the Cambodian people. We plan for conference registrants to join their family members and friends on one of the village days to participate in interactive activities with children in remote villages. Conference directors attending this year have extensive experience in villages doing village activities and on the history of Cambodia. Our Travel Service is based in Phnom Penh and they are the best! We expect them to get us in and out of places that tour groups cannot go. Our interactive activities with school children brings you to the rural villages outside Phnom Penh. Tourists normally don't get this experience. Many past participants have stated that the historical knowledge was awesome but the village experience was the highlight of the week.

Dave Gray

We "learn together" as we learn the methods and procedures (treatments) used by foreign professionals to help those in need, and they learn from us!

Proposed Agenda

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Flights from U.S. to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Flights usually arrive in Phnom Penh in the late evening. Transport to hotel for a short nights stay.

Friday, May 12, 2017

The goal is for our "travellers" will be to adjust to the new environment (lay low and take it easy) to recover from the airline flight. Dinner this evening is on own.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Travel to a rural village for humanitarian-type activities and public health assessments. Dinner this evening is on own.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

We invite everyone to sleep in, though an early morning "run" may be invigorating for a few. There may be opportunities for some of our group to attend religious meetings of choice. After lunch (on own) we plan to shuttle to the nearby historical sites/districts. After two or three hours of exploring and learning, we will walk a relatively short distance to a dinner venue (on own). We expect to have time this afternoon/evening to sit where we can observe and take in this wonderful culture and people. A "fireside" presented by one or more of our group, will be available in the evening. The topic will be unique historical and cultural gems of Cambodia.

Monday, May 15 2017

This will be our "public health" day when we plan to visit the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) in Phnom Penh. They may have opportunities to participate in presentations, panels, and discussion-type learning activities. A fairly difficult day, please take care of yourself. Lunch will be provided and dinner will be on own.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Today we will receive cultural and historical "training" as we travel to historical and significant cultural sites.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

We plan visits to rural schools today with a focus on education. Some in our group (Educators) may have opportunities to interact and learn together with teachers and students. We will have a group dinner this evening.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Some in our group, based upon their departure plans, may join tours to other cities or nearby countries. Others will return to the airport for their return flights.

Conference Faculty

Brian Barthel

Brian has been at UVU since 1998.

Ph.D. in Health
M.S. in Health Science from Brigham Young University, 1985
B.S. in Health Science from Brigham Young University, 1984

Certified Health Education Specialist (inactive)
First Aid Instructor

Sadie May, Intern, B.S.

Sadie May is the intern for the Reach Out and Learn Cambodia trip. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Health Education and Promotion, and is currently studying Health Promotion as a second year graduate student at Utah State University. In addition, Sadie is a Certified Health Education Specialist as well as a graduate teaching assistant at USU. She hopes to find a career in global health education or disaster/refugee relief. In her free time she enjoys eating Mexican food, watching football, and dancing.

Michael J. Huntsman, M.B.A., Operations Director

Mike is the Executive Director for Reach Out And Learn. He received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix in January of 1993. His Bachelor of Science degree is from Brigham Young University. Mike was also a faculty member with the University of Phoenix for 10-years. He enjoys a variety of work, and spends a significant amount of time designing brochures, postcards, and Web sites. In his free time he enjoys gardening (especially grapes and walnut trees), beekeeping and bike riding.

Questions & Answers (FAQs)

Please check back as updates to this information are added periodically

What is included with my Registration Fees?

Includes all the arrangements to visit universities, rural villages, cultural/historical sites, and schools. Also includes ground transportation and hotel accommodations. Does not include your roundtrip flight from the United States to Phnom Penh, medical insurance, personal expenses, or meals (although breakfast is usually provided by the hotel and some lunches, and at least one group dinner).

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

1. Purchase a ticket through an online travel site (Orbitz, Delta, United, Expedia, Travelosity, Yahoo Travel, etc.), or...
2. Check specific airline Websites (American, Delta, United, China East Airline, 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 Phnom Penh airline ticket?

In recent years, we have found that prior to 4-months out has been the best option. We have shopped both Orbitz and the major airline (Delta, United, Hainan) Web sites. We have found that the prices change significantly (up and down) from day to day.

How do I obtain a Cambodian visa?

A one-month tourist visa costs US$30 on arrival and requires one passport-sized photo. Be sure to have a passport sized photo with you when you arrive to the Phnom Penh airport, along with $30 cash.

Should I purchase Travel Insurance?

We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. It is available from various providers. Just do a Google search for "travel or trip insurance and you will find many options.

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 hydrocortisone-base cream
Sunscreen along with Chapstick or Blistex-type lip ointment
Small first aid kit with Band-Aids, ointment, tweezers, medications etc.
Pain reliever
Diarrhoea 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)
Toilet paper (you may prefer several pocket pouches of Kleenex)
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 flash light (to be used when the power goes out)
Box/Duct/Strapping tape to be used to repair luggage or to use in the villages.

Personal safety and getting around

Avoid carrying a purse when you go out. It's best to have some sort of money belt that sits under your clothes. Keep a tight grip on things such as your camera.

The safest way to get around the city is by tuk tuk for a few dollars or less each trip. Settle on a price before climbing aboard.

Items to entertain or leave with those in the villages

Small "American" footballs, soccer balls (you can bring them deflated, then pump them up in the village (bring a small bike pump and a ball needle)
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 (i.e. Wiffle ball, bubbles & blower)

What can I bring with me to have for village children?

We have found that it is best to allocate funds to purchase available items in Cambodia, rather than transport items in luggage.
English learning materials designed for younger children (4 to 9 years old) - these can be cards with pictures that provide a simple way to learn English words.

Art or craft materials that the students can use (preferably materials that are reusable).

They love bubbles, used tennis balls, finger paints. They also like their finger nails painted.

Colored pencils and crayons are always a hit. But don't bring paper because it can be purchased cheaply here in Phnom Penh and it is heavy to bring in your luggage.

Magic tricks are also popular. Don't bring clothes or shoes for the school children.

Colorful hair bows and ribbons

What can I bring with me to donate to village adults?

Hygiene Kits (We will plan to present these to the village leaders/school master)

1 hair brush
4 toothbrushes
1 tube toothpaste (be sure to put this in your "checked" luggage and in a zip-lock bag)
1 bar of soap
1 dozen colored hair ties
2 wash cloths
Put these items in a one-gallon zip lock bag, then put the zip lock bag in a cloth bag with rope draw string.

Passport and Immigration Card

Keep your passport and immigration card in a convenient, yet secure, spot. When checking into hotels, onto planes and trains, into historical sites, leaving the country, etc., you are required to show your passport. Your Immigration form will be required when you leave Cambodia for your return flight to the U.S. I scan my passport and email it as an attachment to myself or upload it to Google docs or other online place that I can access if necessary.

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 Phnom Penh, 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 Phnom Penh. 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.

What hotels are we planning to stay at?

Flights typically arrive in Phnom Penh in the late evening.

We book hotels that are convenient to historical, shopping, and transportation hubs.

Rooms will be arranged "double occupancy" or greater (at least two people to a room).

In order for us to reserve a room, you must register online (for this ROL event at least 60 days before your arrival in Phnom Penh.

Where can I find traveller health/vaccination information?

Please visit the CDC Website http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/cambodia to find Traveller recommendations. For general questions, please contact the Reach Out & Learn Office. Email: info@reachoutandlearn.org

What village activities will I participate in?
We plan to travel to remote rural villages to interact with school children with activities such as English lessons, coloring pictures, jewelry making, soccer, frisbee, bubble blowing, etc. We also plan to work on village, family, and personal histories. We also plan to conduct needs assessments to discover and propose better ways for villagers to heat their homes, cook their food, wash their clothes, eat nutritious meals, drink pure water, etc.

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.

Registration Cancellation Policy

Conference cancellation requests received 70 days before your arrival in Cambodia, will receive a full refund minus a $200 cancellation fee. Conference registration requests received after 70 days before your arrival in Cambodia, wll 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.

Information About Travelling to and getting around in Cambodia

Lonely Planet Website or online search, Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.

Reach Out And Learn Event Cancellation Policy

Please register as early as possible, as the Expedition Planning Committee may cancel the event 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. We can also arrange for you to pay by Venmo or other money transfer method.

Continuing Education Information

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