Making of ZIN
We are proud to announce the official launch of ZIN Adventures, a travel adventure company lead by members of the deportee community in Cambodia. ZIN offers 1-3 day tours to Kirirom Mountain, 2.5 hours from Phnom Penh, to share with visitors the history and wildlife of the mountain.
ZIN was born in April 2018 with the goal of creating meaningful jobs for the deported refugee community. We started on the eve of the largest group of deportees - 43 - arriving in Cambodia from the US. There are now 700+ deportees in Cambodia. We remember how hard it is to integrate in Cambodia. We have committed to use our skills and resources to create an incredible adventure tourism company for Cambodia and to provide meaningful jobs for our “DP” community.
While ZIN has started to create jobs - along the way, ZIN has become a path of positive energy, reconnection, hope and healing. And it’s become a way for our community to reconnect with our motherland.
The ZIN team has been trained in entrepreneurism, group dynamics, storytelling and leadership and we have conducted extensive archival and oral history research on Cambodia’s history, especially the 1950s - 1980s. We have focused on the joyous and history of Kirirom Mountain and two killing field sites - Wat Snguon Pich and Amphe Phnom.
ZIN has been about finding peace in a pine forest on a mountain not far from our motherland’s capital city of Phnom Penh. ZIN’s reshaped us.