How it All Began

President of Crossing Nations 2gether: Nicole Sims

I was an expatriate in Asia from 2000 – 2016. In 2010, my children’s school began a community service program and one of the options available was Cambodia. John, one other teacher and I chaperoned 16 children on a trip that changed my life forever.. Once you see the life altering difference you can make in a person, just by looking in their eyes and seeing the immense gratitude it gravitates you toward doing all you possibly can. I made that trip with the school three more times, watching the numbers grow every year from 19 including chaperones, to my last trip of 69 adults and children.. Bringing Venus on board, while I was still in Asia, was a wonderful experience for me as well as a tremendous help to the community. She ran the first Dental Clinic for the school and we were able to help approximately 150 children per day alongside a Cambodian Dentist, who did extractions. 

 

I have since returned to the United States and work in the Dental field. I was wondering how I could possibly continue to be involved in some capacity, when out of the blue I received a perfectly timed email from John explaining he was now retired and living in the community. That was the spark that lit the beginning of Crossing Nations 2gether. We hope to build upon the seed that was planted years ago by Western International School of Shanghai and create something on a much larger scale for the wonderful people of Cambodia. 

How it All Began

President of Crossing Nations 2gether: Nicole Sims

I was an expatriate in Asia from 2000 – 2016. In 2010, my children’s school began a community service program and one of the options available was Cambodia. John, one other teacher and I chaperoned 16 children on a trip that changed my life forever.. Once you see the life altering difference you can make in a person, just by looking in their eyes and seeing the immense gratitude it gravitates you toward doing all you possibly can. I made that trip with the school three more times, watching the numbers grow every year from 19 including chaperones, to my last trip of 69 adults and children.. Bringing Venus on board, while I was still in Asia, was a wonderful experience for me as well as a tremendous help to the community. She ran the first Dental Clinic for the school and we were able to help approximately 150 children per day alongside a Cambodian Dentist, who did extractions. 

 

I have since returned to the United States and work in the Dental field. I was wondering how I could possibly continue to be involved in some capacity, when out of the blue I received a perfectly timed email from John explaining he was now retired and living in the community. That was the spark that lit the beginning of Crossing Nations 2gether. We hope to build upon the seed that was planted years ago by Western International School of Shanghai and create something on a much larger scale for the wonderful people of Cambodia. 

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