YEP Academy is driven by us: a team of diverse individuals who have a passion for nature, outdoor activities, and empowerment. We are all certified youth outdoor leaders and facilitators, dedicated to creating a positive and sustainable impact on the lives of young people. Having a passion for promoting the benefits of spending time in nature and a wealth of knowledge and experience, we strive to create engaging and impactful experiences that inspire people to connect with the natural world and make a positive impact on themselves, their communities, and their environment.
"Nature is not at a distance. It is home" (Gary Snyder).
At YEP-Academy, we are using "Nature as a Learning Field,", referring to the concept of using the natural environment as a setting for education and learning. We recognize that nature provides a rich and diverse learning environment where individuals can observe, explore, and engage with the natural world. Using adventure pedagogy, outdoor education, and nature pedagogy, we emphasize hands-on, experiential learning and encourage individuals to develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of themselves, while also promoting environmental awareness and stewardship.
MEET OUR TEAM
Souheang Ly is a co-founder of the YEP Academy. Being an explorer, she always has been searching continuously that matches her vision, values and passion. Combining educational and environmental fields is for her the best key to youth empowerment. Souheang is courageously, confidentially and continuously committed to empowering young people. Besides the entire coordination and backstopping of the YEP Academy, Souheang is facilitating the Leadership & Self-Confidence Training in the YEP Academy.
Dirk Reber is a co-founder of the YEP Academy. He is an outstanding facilitator, coach & mentor with major qualifications in diverse outdoor settings. With his positive energy, optimism and scope of ambitions, he likes to see young people grow. He is fully convinced that empowerment requires nature as a learning field. As one of few, he is active in combining leadership, and outdoor and development cooperation. Besides providing strategic direction, Dirk is conducting the one-year Youth Leadership and Facilitation Program within the YEP Academy.
HUY ING LAY
Huy Ing Lay is an individual with great courage, calmness, perseverance, and introspection. She finds solace in nature and firmly believes that connecting with the natural world is deeply connected to personal growth, self-understanding, and self-awareness. Huy Ing is passionate about psychology, personal development, self-reflection, and nature connection. At YEP-Academy, she is facilitating self-awareness, personal growth, and nature camp.
Khaisinh Mounh has a passion for travel, technology, and social work and enjoys training others. He is a driven individual currently working as a data analyst at a private company. He also finds solace in reading books and enjoying the outdoors through various activities such as hiking and camping. At YEP Academy, Khaisinh facilitates an outdoor program called "Unlock Your EQ in the Nature Setting". He lives by the philosophy that regardless of how intelligent one may be, without the ability to work with people, one's dream will remain just that.
Kunthea Thith is passionate about outdoor and environmental activities. Describing herself as a life-long learner, she has worked in different positions for a variety of organisations in the nature protection field. Being a graduate of the Youth Leadership and Facilitation Program, she realized that encouraging young people to challenge themselves by connecting to nature is the way of empowerment. With her kind and sensitive energy, Kunthea is facilitating the Nature Camps within the YEP-Academy.
Lida Chhun is a first-generation graduate of the Youth Leadership and Facilitation Program. With her confident and emotional character, she has developed a deep passion for environmental protection. Especially climate change is particularly to her heart: “We are part of the planet and it’s our responsibility to take care of our home”. She is fully convinced, that more young people need to be engaged to protect the environment and stop climate change. Besides working as a sustainability coordinator in the food industry, Lida is conducting the Climate Change Trainings within the YEP Academy.
Malay is an adventurous, enthusiastic, and determined individual passionate about promoting Ecotourism in Cambodia through traveling, leading, and sharing knowledge with people. Upon returning from abroad, his passion for being an outdoor enthusiast has pushed him to travel around Cambodia, visiting untouched and exotic locations with the local people. Having no background in tourism before, he is now equipped with advanced outdoor skills and has become one of the YEP Academy's talented trainers.
Maryna Potriina is a natural-born outdoor and environmental enthusiast. Working in international work camps, ecological NGOs, and supporting international educational youth programs, has deepened her knowledge in nature and adventure pedagogy. She believes that experimental interdisciplinary education carries transformative power and is a key to personal, societal, and environmental change. Having been an inspiration for everyone who comes in touch with her, Maryna is co-facilitating the one-year Youth Leadership and Facilitation Program at the YEP Academy.
Nimey Rin is a dynamic young leader who has made a name for herself through her passion for empowering youth and tackling climate change. Currently, she is serving as the acting national general secretary of an NGO. Nimey is passionate about traveling, exploring, reading, working with young people, and developing leadership programs that help foster growth and development. At YEP Academy, she facilitates programs that support youth empowerment, which falls under the topic of "Leadership".
SAM ANG YI
Sam Ang grew up in a rural village. He has always been fascinated by nature. After finishing high school, he got the opportunity to join the tourism school, Ecole Paul du Brule. Sam Ang returned to his hometown after graduation but was disappointed by the amount of change in the environment and tourism. He thinks he could be part of the solution by engaging tourism with outdoor activities and adventure. Sam Ang is facilitating an adventure camp at the YEP Academy.
Sopanuth Chea is a pure outdoor lover, and after long experience as an outdoor trainer, he participated in the YEP-Academy Training of Trainers program. Sopanuth is hard-working, lively, and enthusiastic. He is now the coordinator for youth workshops and activities focuses on cooperation in outdoor events at an NGO. At YEP-Academy, he is facilitating "Comprehensive Outdoor Skills" training.
Sowichea is a creative, innovative and pragmatic environmental activist. Working as a ranger for Wildlife Alliance Cambodia to protect the forest and wildlife from illegal actions, he has deep insides about Cambodian’s current natural resources and biodiversity. Being a graduate of the Youth Leadership and Facilitation program, he like to see more young people experiencing the uniqueness of nature through outdoor and adventure education. Sowichea is facilitating the adventure camps of the YEP-Academy.