All Kinds of News for July 11, 2018
This summer, several students from the young adult treatment program Dragonfly Transitions will be embarking on a very special journey to Cambodia. This trip will combine service work, international travel, and cultural immersion with the goal to instill a sense of global community and value of joy in appreciating others. The Cambodia trip also provides an incredible opportunity and therapeutic benefit for young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, or lack of motivation in life to develop self-confidence, gain appreciation for a greater global perspective, and experience things they may have never tried otherwise. An added benefit is the deep interpersonal dynamics and lifelong friendships that develop through shared experience in traveling together in a foreign country.
Among the experiences, students will volunteer at an elephant refuge, teach English to Cambodian children, and visit World Heritage Site Angkor Wat. In 2018, Dragonfly Transitions' eighth annual Cambodia trip will be led by Recovery Specialist Cory Campbell, MA, LPC, CADC and experienced Mentor Kendra Schaffer. Throughout this trip, students witness true poverty and true happiness hand in hand as they experience Cambodian culture. This can evoke greater compassion and insight, and for most propels the healing process.
Each year students return to the United States having had a profound experience. Upon returning students often report that they feel more connected to a deeper sense of joy and renewed interest in exploring connections and success in other areas of life such as school, work, and healthy peer relationships. Additionally, the students’ integration of their experience in Cambodia often translates into finding a greater appreciation and perspective regarding all the opportunities and resources granted them in the United States.
Before I went to Cambodia, I’d always taken education as something I’m required to do and also just because what else am I going to do? But going to Cambodia, working with students at the Kravanh Bright Future Center, I learned that education is really privilege, and those girls there barely get to do it and so what the &$%# am I doing squandering all my opportunities?
- An alumni interviewed for a research study on what factors support or hinder Young Adults in treatment
About Dragonfly Transitions
Dragonfly Transitions serves young adults 18 - 30 in three locations in Southern Oregon. The variety of locations allows for a continuum of care. The campus a student first enrolls in is based on the level of support desired and personal goals and interests. Students pursue educational, vocational, therapeutic, social and recreational life goals. Dragonfly offers opportunities for hands on experience in a supportive environment where students can flourish.