Nearly twenty years ago, I witnessed the tragedy of war and ongoing violence along the Thai-Cambodian border. My personal experience as a child refugee had shaped the woman I am today.
I was the first member of my family to graduate from high school; I was also the first to graduate from college -- doing so with honors. Upon graduation, I volunteered for two years in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica. During that time, I lived in a small village and immersed myself in Spanish. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica, I designed, implemented and facilitated grass roots projects, which included leadership workshops; boys and girls’ soccer teams; women health and nutrition classes; and English courses.
Due to my Peace Corps experiences, I chose to pursue a Global and International Studies Master’s degree at UC Santa Barbara.
I returned to Cambodia in 2009, for the first time, to conduct six months of field research (as a Boren Fellow) for my Master’s thesis.
With hard work and determination, I received my Master’s degree in Global and International Studies as of March 2011.
Being a refugee of wars where human rights were violated showed me the value of human rights and opportunities such as education that only peace can provide.
Now that I am fortunate enough to be in a position to help others, I would like to continue promoting social change at the international level with an emphasis on women and human rights. My own experience as an immigrant, along with the opportunities I’ve been so fortunate to have received, have grounded me and helped me understand the importance of giving back. I earnestly want my work to make the world a better place, one life at a time.
After a year in America...
First time learning how to read and write in English.
Soccer was my life and passion growing up....
Soccer was my way of coping..
As a Peace Corps Volunteer (2005-2007)
I worked with children, youth and families in a remote village in Costa Rica.
The UNHCR-Geneva, Switzerland..
I interned with the UNHCR for three months in Geneva, Switzerland as a grant writer for the ninemillion.org (sport, education & technology for child refugee.)
Boren Fellow (2009-10) in Cambodia
I conducted my MA's Thesis on Cambodian Refugees who returned back to their home country...