GET 10

“We come to share with you our hearts and our minds.We really love the Cambodian people,” said lawyer and professor emeritus S.K Lee at the awards ceremony and commencement ceremony for GET 10. The acronym stands for Global Entrepreneurship Training 2010, and Lee was representative of the many Korean faculty staff and students from Handong Global University who made GET 10 happen. The conference featured a week of training in entreprenurial skills for approximtely 80 Cambodian students from several of the country’s universities. “These are the up-and-comers,” commented David Dornbos.

The Calvin students took a two-hour-plus bus ride to the Rawlings Institute and Conference Center to participate in the conference; they listened to the students present their business plans and cheering when the team named Sea Guide– whose vision was a floating restaurant featuring native Khmer cuisine and entertainment–took the top prize. Also present for the event was Lynn Kuipers Eggert ’86, who accompanied her husband Dave, a Handong International Law School  professor and one of the conference speakers. Lynn, whose father is Calvin College professor emeritus of mathematics Jack Kuipers, also had her three children in tow. The couple, who live in South Korea, was having their first look at Cambodia, and they were enthusiastic about the conference. “The whole premise of GET 10 is to empower the people to bring their dreams into reality,” Lynn said. “They have so many resources.”

Also enjoying the conference, both for the training and its setting, were the Cambodian students. “It’s such a beautiful environment,” said one student. “Just waking up in the morning here, you feel fresh. Rawlings was indeed a paradaisical place. The Calvin group slept in pink-sheeted bunks in two dormitories. The grounds were luxuriant with thick grass, palms and tropical flowers.  Even in this retreat, however, the students had to operate under a caution: They were not allowed to wander off the grounds. “Cambodia still has over a million unexploded land mines,” Dornbos explained.


2 comments so far

  1. Marilyn Woelk on

    It is so helpful and fascinating to know what you all are doing there in Cambodia! Keep the updates coming. 🙂

  2. Ann DeRooy on

    AND, stay away from land mines and cobras!

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