This is the reply from GSC. I actually thought I asked for information about Thailand and not Cambodia but I may have indicated all of South East Asia. As soon as more information comes in I will share.
Thank you for your interest in Global Service Corps’ Service-Learning Programs in Cambodia! Please find attached to this email overviews of our Cambodia programs. We hope to have you join us in the ‘Kingdom of Wonder.’
Global Service Corps offers short and long term service-learning volunteer opportunities, as well as internships. Opportunities exist to work in the fields of Buddhist Immersion, English Education, HIV/AIDS Prevention Education, Orphanage Care, and International Health. There is also the option for participants to combine two of the programs into an Integrated Program.
In GSC’s Buddhist Immersion Program, volunteers experience the rich culture of Khmer Buddhism firsthand as guests, students, and teachers at a Khmer wat (monastery). Participants will have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the daily rituals of monastery life while also giving back to the community by offering beginning English training to the novices, nuns, and monks of the wat. Besides teaching English, volunteers have the opportunity to participate in daily Khmer meditation sessions, chanting, alms giving, and other activities at the temple, providing a thorough immersion in Khmer Buddhism.
In the Teach English Abroad Program, participants work in local non-profits and community based organizations in Phnom Penh. Volunteers lead classes for Khmer youth in beginning English that focus on pronunciation, reading, speaking, and listening skills. GSC provides participants with a training manual prior to departure that serves as a reference throughout the program. Participants will also receive additional training during their first week of orientation.
The HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Program allows participants to educate teachers, students, and other community members about this deadly disease. Volunteers will receive a pre-departure educational training manual, as well as additional preparation and training during orientation. Placements are available in youth centers throughout Phnom Penh, providing participants the opportunity to educate disadvantaged children in HIV/AIDS prevention, drug and alcohol awareness, and issues surrounding domestic violence.
The Orphanage Program gives GSC participants the opportunity to bring some happiness and attention to the young children who live at the children’s center that GSC works with. The center is unique as it is the home for children who are HIV positive and/or have lost parents to AIDS. The children are all ages and are cared for at the orphanage until early adulthood, with the goal of restoring joy to their lives. In the Orphanage Program, participants spend their days playing with the children, leading after school sports and extracurricular activities, and most importantly giving these young people the attention and mentoring that they need.
Ideal for those with a public health interest, the International Health Program focuses on GSC’s mission to provide care to the underserved and to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS in Cambodia. It combines the HIV/AIDS Prevention Program and the Orphanage Program, giving participants a unique opportunity to not only see firsthand how HIV/AIDS is affecting youth in Cambodia but also to help ensure healthy, positive futures for the most vulnerable children. The program requires a four week minimum commitment and prepares participants with a pre-departure educational HIV/AIDS training manual, as well as additional training during orientation.
Participants may also choose to combine two of their interests in GSC’s Integrated Program. Depending on the participant’s background and the community needs at that time, GSC staff can work with individuals to ensure that they achieve their goals and maximize the implementation of their skills. The Integrated Program requires a minimum commitment of three weeks, allowing for one week of orientation and at least one week in each project placement.
Cambodia Program internships are offered in all service-learning programs and require a minimum commitment of nine weeks.
For students, academic credit for any Cambodia Program is available as follows:
· Through your own institution as an independent study program. Students arrange for credit with their institution for the Cambodia program in which they enroll.
· Through SUNY-Albany as an independent study program. Students arrange for credit with SUNY-Albany for the Cambodia program in which they enroll.
- Through enrollment in the Cambodia 9 credit summer program or 15 credit semester program. Attached is a sample weekly schedule for the more structured semester program. Although the sample schedule is subject to change, it will nonetheless provide you with a more in-depth understanding of what to expect. Graduate credit is also available.
All Cambodia service-learning volunteers on arrival participate in a five-day orientation and training program, which includes sightseeing trips to some of the famous sites in Phnom Penh, an introduction to the Cambodian culture, preparatory project training, and introductory Khmer language lessons. During orientation, participants stay in a local guest house; breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided at local restaurants. After orientation, volunteers will be accommodated either in a local guesthouse in Phnom Penh or in on-site housing at the orphanage or monastery.
If you’re interested in applying for a service-learning program, check out our tips for enrolling. If you’re ready to apply, start an application. For available start-dates and current rates, see our Dates and Rates page.
You may call the number listed below between 9am and 5pm PST to speak with someone about opportunities for volunteering/internships in Cambodia. Alternatively, please email us with your phone number indicating the best time/days to call you.
Thank you for your interest in Global Service Corps and we look forward to hearing from you!
GSC Program Administration
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