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A Hate-Afraid-Love Relationship

1st Cambodian Thai Exchange Program, Cultural Night

Every country has it own history and believe of how they exist and what they are coming from. This kind of believes set the standard, behavior and characteristic for each individual in that country and how they should react toward other countries people.

At school I was taught how Cambodian and Thai related to each other in term of business, culture, lifestyle, religion and the endless conflict from land possession, border dispute to the political constrain. Since the very early, in my memory, people from both sides keep fighting about this and that over time to time even the real roof of the problems are almost forgotten and they keep hating each other without any realistic reasons- but the history.

I didn’t hate Thai people, but I did afraid of them. Instead of spending my vacation in Thailand, I went to Vietnam many times, I really didn’t care how good ,or beautiful Thailand is, I just didn’t want to hurt myself with them – those I called Unreasonable people.

First time, I was having a Cambodia-Thai Reconciliation workshop in Siem Reap and Sisaket, I was so worried that I might get into trouble with them. I forced myself to fake a smile and always go away from Thai people. How bad I was sharing the night with three old Thai people who cannot speak English well. Early morning, I woke up with their blanket on me, they smiled at me and said some words in Thai, I didn’t understand the meaning, but I guess they were worried about me with the cold whether there. One of them made a hot tea for me, it smelled and tested so bad; however, I tried to drink it. They looked as worried about me as I was the youngest in the room.

The last day we had to depart to each country, they gave me some gifts and say something so good about me. I was so sorry for them that I didn’t have anything to give them back and I didn’t think they would tread me this good.

This was such a good life experience for me, sooner after this, I shared this unbelievable experience with all ICA members and without any hesitation I decide to be one of the CTEP organizing committee. The fruitful result of the program, the inspirational life stories, life experience and that sweet moment together keep my inspiration so high to share this wonderful living experience with those whom we used to call ENEMY to all my friends, students and staff.

As a result, to be closer to them, now I’m learning Thai language and songs and  I’ve been to Thailand almost ten times within a year, as I have home there to stay , many friends accompany and looking after me, and I feel so confident to share my idea and talking with them openly.

With Love,


2nd Cambodian-Thai Exchange Program

Apply NOW! 2nd Cambodian-Thai Exchange Program (CTEP)

A. Background:

Long time of historical conflict and stories passed from generation to generation created hatred, prejudice and unhealthy relationship among people of the two neighboring countries, Cambodia and Thailand. Current clashes at the border have made things even worse and this needs immediate proper actions to be taken.

From 07 to 13 November 2011 in Cambodia, 1st camp was successfully and was very inspired to youths from both countries.

B. Theme:           “Let’s Learn to Live Together”

C. Objectives:

The camp aims to build deeper relationship among Cambodian and Thai youth through living and learning together in order to reduce discrimination and prejudices.

I. Date and Venue

Date:        Nov 24th – Dec 02nd 2012
Venue:    Thailand (specific location will be confirmed)

II. Participant

The Camp will be participated by Cambodian and Thai youth who meet the following criteria:

–          Aged between 18-30 years old

–          Can communicate English

–          Fully Participant

–          Sense of ownership by contribution 20 US$. Scholarship of those who are necessary needed

–          Diversity

–          Gender balance

–          Be healthy

III. Travel & Accommodation

All ground transports and meals will be provided as indicated in the program.

We will provide free accommodation (but participant need to share room with others) from Nov 24th – Dec 02nd 2012.

IV. Language

The program will be conducted in English.

V. Registration

The Applicant must send their Resume and the completed the Application form to our e-mail (prefer PDF file) OR to our office before July 10th, 2012.

1) Completed Application Form:

– For Cambodia Applicant Form (PDF): Application Form CTEP 2_2012 Cambodian

– For Cambodia Applicant Form (Microsoft Word):  Application Form CTEP 2_2012 Cambodian

– For Thai Applicant Form (PDF): Application Form CTEP 2_2012 Thai

– For Thai Applicant Form (Microsoft Word):  Application Form CTEP 2_2012 Thai
2) Resume or CV: On your own design (keep it short and simple).

40 participants (20 participants from each country) will be selected to participate in this program.

VI. Organizer and Contact Person:

For more detail please contact:

Thai Coordinators                                        Cambodian Coordinator

Ms. Jaruwan Supolrai (Netting)                                 Ms. Chea Sotheavy (Theavy)

Phone: +66810722714                                                  Phone:  +85517477992
Email:                                Email:

Mrs. Saksinee Emasiri Thanakulmas (Ying)         Mr. Theam Pichvisal (Visal)

Phone: +66852121980                                                   Phone: +85577 826783

Email:                          Email:


Cambodia: ICA Office: #40D, Goup 10, Street 39BT, Phum San Sam Kosal II, Sangkat Boeng Tumpun, Khan Mean Chey, Phnom Penh.

Thailand: TVS Office: Foundation volunteer, No. C 409, Huay Kwang, Bangkok 10320 Pracharatbumpen Orhitsuk Rd.

*Announcement: CTEP announcement 2012-Final

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