Craig Dodge

Living the Adventure

Live the Adventure!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

— Mark Twain

Someone once told me that if there is a purpose to life, it’s to live, love and learn as much as possible. To experience as much as life has to offer. That became one of my guiding principles.

The adventure started back in junior high school with the first flight I ever took. My grandma and I flew from Michigan to Upstate New York to visit family. From that moment, I knew I wanted to travel the globe and experience as much as possible.

The adventure continued in college. I took courses in travel and tourism management, foreign languages, geography, international relations, trade and finance. During that time, I had the adventure of an overseas study program in France and a work-study program in Japan. Those experiences changed my life.

 

Upon graduation, I embarked on a 20+ year adventure in the travel industry. I worked in travel agencies for 12 years and a major airline for 8. So far, I’ve traveled to over 23 countries, and helped others to experience the world.

In 2005, I moved to Taiwan and used my own language learning experience to help others learn English as a foreign language. Learning languages helps us to better understand other cultures, communicate with other people, and enjoy a richer life.

In 2012, I relocated to Cambodia to join Asia Adventures, a company sharing unique biking, trekking and cruise experiences in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand.

In 2013, I ran away with the circus…. Phare, the Cambodian Circus.

Phare, the Cambodian Circus

“Amazing vibe & energy, transforming the lives of Cambodian youth”

Experience Siem Reap’s most unique, authentic top rated (TripAdvisor & Lonely Planet) evening entertainment.

More than just a circus, Phare performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent.

Phare The Cambodian Circus offers students and graduates of Phare Ponleu Selpak the chance to hone their skills and earn a decent wage. Money that will take them out of poverty and give them self-respect and freedom.

Phare Ponleu Selpak

“The Brightness of the Arts”

Phare Ponleu Selpak passionately believes in the power of the arts as a tool for human development and social change.

PPS is an association supports community development by providing children, young adults and their families with social, educational, emotional and cultural support. PPS’s work with children is driven by the acknowledgement of each child’s individuality and need for specifically tailored support. Artistic practice and development is at the heart of the formal education, life and social skills offered to the young people we work with.