A travel experience offered in partnership with Imagine Goods Sustainable Supply Co.
Have you ever wanted to see first-hand what life is like for the people who make brand-name clothes and how lives are changed when ethical employment is an option? Are you interested in better understanding the complexities of justice issues like human trafficking or labor exploitation? Would you like to travel with a small group that is both learning about the issues as well as talking about solutions?
In partnership with the Imagine Goods Sustainable Supply Company, Intentional Tours is excited to offer this unique experience of Cambodian culture, food, and religion, while also seeing ethical fashion happen in the flesh. Imagine Goods founders, Michelle and Aiyana will take you into the market to purchase materials for their newest fashion line and then onto the social enterprise production facility where women escaping human trafficking are given training and jobs. You will also visit ancient temples, have a meal in the home of a local family, and visit the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge. Daily debriefs will provide opportunities for insight and reflection. Return home with a few new friends and a better understanding about the realities of poverty and inequality and how to make a lasting impact through intentional tourism and ethical fashion choices.
Early Bird Rate: $1795
Courtesy of Gabe McMullen Photography
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN PHNOM PENH
Arrive at any time into Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia
Check into hotel in the heart of the city
Explore Phnom Penh & enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Learning Focus: Introduction to Cambodian Culture and History
DAY 2: THE MARKETS OF PHNOM PENH
Shop for fabric with Imagine Goods staff and explore local markets
Scavenger hunt in Phnom Penh’s most famous market
Enjoy the local cuisine for lunch near the markets
Afternoon activities include: continuing to shop at the markets, visit an active Buddhist Temple, relax by the pool to recover from jet-lag
Dinner at a local social enterprise that trains and employs at-risk youth
Learning Focus: Cambodian Culture and Religion
DAY 3: ETHICAL FASHION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
Visit Goel, a community-owned cooperative of textile weavers who grow their own plants for the all-natural dyes that they use for their handwoven textiles.
Visit local organization working with women in the garment industry
Coffee and conversation in homes of garment factory workers
Learning Focus: Justice issues surrounding the textile and fashion industries
DAY 4: KHMER ROUGE AND THE CAMBODIAN GENOCIDE
Breakfast at hotel
Visit to the Tuol Tompong Genocide Museum: Housed in a former school that was used as a prison during the Khmer Rouge genocide, the museum offers a sobering look at this part of Cambodian history.
Killing Fields Immersive Experience: One of a dozen such (known) fields in Cambodia, this former farm outside the capital city had been used during the genocide as a place to execute thousands of prisoners and has been turned into a memorial garden.
Dinner and debrief on a cruise of the Mekong River.
Learning Focus: War—the complex reasons for why it happens and who it effects, even decades later
DAY 5: ETHICAL FASHION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
Visit Imagine Goods production partner’s employment center—private meeting with management and tour the facilities
Meeting with local organization that advocates for garment manufacturing workers
Shopping opportunities that support ethical fashion
Learning Focus: Behind the scenes of the garment industry; how the way we shop for clothes affects the lives of workers
DAY 6: TRAVEL TO SIEM REAP
Scenic bus ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Dinner and Khmer Dance Show
Learning Focus: The visible difference between urban and rural life; how tourism and foreign-owned industries affect poverty and justice issues in both positive and negative ways
DAY 7: ANGKOR WAT TEMPLES
Explore the famous Angkor Wat Temples, the largest religious monument in the world and one of the ancient wonders of the world
Dinner and walk on Pub Street; discussion of how tourism can positively and negatively affect local life
Learning Focus: The religious history of Cambodia, and how it shapes Cambodians’ worldview today; The tourism industry, and its knock-on effects
DAY 8: EXPLORE RURAL AREAS SURROUNDING SIEM REAP
Visit the floating villages of Tonle Sap
Canoe ride through mangrove forest
Meal in local home
Dinner and overview of personal takeaways from the trip
Learning Focus: The inter-connectedness of justice issues, poverty, tourism, foreign investment, and Western shopping behavior
DAY 9: VISIT LOCAL SITES IN SIEM REAP, PREPARE FOR FLIGHT HOME
Visit the Old Market to shop for gifts
Walk along the Siem Reap River
*Return flights should originate from Siem Reap