"It is such incredible news that I got selected to be included in this great program and it is truly surreal. I look forward to my travels to Asia and to sharing my experiences with the community!" - Conner Evans
|Conner Evans (photo by Andy G)|
SBA has had a lot to celebrate in athletics lately, with podiums coming regularly from both the Alpine and Nordic skiing communities.
Today, The Fighting Marmot celebrates academics with a post from Conner Evans, who learned late last week that he is one of only 30 recipients nationwide of a U.S. Department of State-sponsored scholarship to represent the United States this summer in Cambodia.
The following is what Conner had to say about the distinction and what will happen leading up to and during his time in Cambodia.
The American Youth Leadership Program with Cambodia is a program of the United States Department of State managed by Global Explorers, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire responsible global citizenship by sharing life-changing immersive travel opportunities with students of all abilities and backgrounds.
Since this is a program of the U.S. Department of State, I received a scholarship that covers all airfare and program fees (lodging and meals included). I was chosen as one of 30 students selected from a nationwide pool of 160 applicants to represent the United States this June in Cambodia. The application process was very rigorous and included an interview round where I talked one-on-one with the program director.
This program is meant to immerse students in a completely different culture and to learn about global issues. One of the main themes that we will be focusing on this trip is the environment, climate change, conservation, and sustainable development. Throughout the trip, I will be traveling to multiple regions in Cambodia, from the capital of Phnom Penh to the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat. Some of the activities that I will be involved in throughout the trip will be leadership and service activities, community site visits, and visits to high schools and local cultural activities.
"The application process was very rigorous and included an interview round where I talked one-on-one with the program director. "
There are also pre and post-travel activities involved in the trip. Before I leave in June, I will participate in five video teleconferencing meetings learning about the country of Cambodia and responsible tourism. After the trip, I will be involved in a service project in my community (Truckee) to share what I have learned about Cambodia and the environment. It is such incredible news that I got selected to be included in this great program and it is truly surreal. I look forward to my travels to Asia and to sharing my experiences with the community!