After months of eager anticipation, AP’s university student Channy embarked on an adventure to Denmark. For three months, Channy is travelling around the country, participating in a cultural exchange program. She is sharing stories from Cambodian history and culture, but also her personal life-story, with hundreds of Danish students. Currently halfway through the program, she has written a blog.
My favorite children book is Number the Stars. The story took place in Denmark. It is about how Jewish people escaped from Denmark to Sweden during WWII. I really like the main character, she is a brave young girl who risked her life in order to help her Jewish friend.
The two girls were standing on Denmark’s seashore, looking to Sweden, and say ‘that is Sweden and maybe there are two girls standing there and saying: that is Denmark.’ My dream was to come to Denmark one day, stand on Denmark’s seashore, and look at Sweden just like the two girls in the story.
One day I saw a culture exchange program on the internet, going to Denmark. I decided to apply and was quickly selected for that program by an organization called Danmission. I was very surprised and excited because my dream was coming true.
Now I am in Denmark. I’m here as a Global Story Teller.
I travel around Denmark with a young Danish girl and give presentations to students, aged around 13-14 years old, at schools and churches. My topics are the Pol Pot regime, Khmer culture, Cambodia forest (Prey Lang), my life story, etc. In one week, I give around 5 to 10 presentations to audiences varying from ten to a hundred students. So, I meet LOTS of young people here.
The first week I arrived in Denmark, I stayed at a university in Arhus to have the preparation for our presentation. It was very nice to stay there because I always dreamed of studying abroad, live with other students, and eat at the students’ cafeteria. It is kind of cool because I got the chance to experience it now.
But it was very cold and right now it is still cold too.
I always wanted to experience real snow. It is my first time to see it and it feels magical, the snowflakes are just amazing. I can’t believe that I got to experience real snow. At the same time, I feel like freezing all the time too.
– written by: Channy