"I Like to Watch Alien Documentaries"

Since graduating the Sarus Exchange Program of 2014, Seng Porchhay has trained as a monk, moved to Bangkok to spread inner peace with Peace Revolution and returned to Phnom Penh to work on a project combining theatre and meditation. I got to know Porchhay over steamed snails, witnessing his motorbike (almost) disappear and hearing ghost stories from his childhood. Having just arrived in Phnom Penh as a social media intern for Sarus, I was very grateful to befriend an incredibly kind, calmly disposed and humorous member of the Sarus family. Porchhay, Vithiea, Thuy (old friends) and myself got together for multiple food tours and recce trips to Prek Chrey before SFSC2016. Here are some snapshots from our conversations, written as one interview.

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No Feeling is Wrong

It has been more than one year since my internship with Sarus in Cambodia. It is almost impossible to express in words what Sarus has taught me and how it impacted my life afterwards. To be honest, I started my internship expecting almost nothing, as it was not structured like regular internship programs. However, after the end of that one month when I came back to my regular life, I realized a huge change in me.

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Crowdfunding: A Sustainable Source of Long-Term Funding for Non-Profits?

When most people think of crowdfunding, they think of one-off campaigns used to raise seed funding to launch an individual product. The product goes to market, donors receive an update and a perk, and that’s the end. At Sarus, we have a different vision of what crowdfunding can be for organizations with a social mission.

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Welcome to the Sarus Blog!

Welcome to the Sarus blog! We plan to use this blog as a space to host updates and perspectives on Sarus, as well as content on issues that matter to us such as peace and conflict studies, leadership, experiential education, exchange programs, international education, human-centered design, social innovation, non-profits, crowdfunding, as well as the countries in which we operate. We hope this blog will serve as a valuable resource to followers of Sarus, as well as peer organizations and individuals working in similar fields.

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