Volunteer Abroad In Cambodia
A glimpse into the GSC Cambodia Programs
Global Service Corps in Cambodia
With the help of international volunteers, Global Service Corps supports existing local organizations to train community members on public health issues, provides support to Cambodian at-risk children and orphans, gives youth leadership training workshops, and offers much-needed conversational English training. The goal is to empower the Cambodians to lead healthier lives and achieve positive futures.
GSC’s Service-Learning Programs in and around Phnom Penh, Cambodia give volunteers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture, while also providing meaningful service to vulnerable populations. GSC’s partnership with a range of local organizations, schools, and Buddhist monasteries allow us to provide meaningful and relevant service opportunities for international volunteers of all backgrounds.
GSC works closely with participants prior to their trip to determine the program best suited to their interest areas. Once on-site, our in-country coordinator and local partners provide assistance and support. All Cambodia volunteer programs include:
- In-depth cultural orientation and project preparation
- Basic Khmer language lessons
- Opportunities to assist local community and development organizations
- Historically significant sight-seeing trips
- Weekend excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage site at Siem Reap and Angkor Wat (for those on programs of four weeks or longer)
pc credit: Bettina O.
GSC's Cambodia Service-Learning Volunteer Programs:
- Global Public Health
- Child and Orphan Care
- Teach English Abroad
- Buddhist Immersion
- Community Development & Leadership Training
GSC's Cambodia Service-Learning Programs for
Semester Program: The Role of Civil Society and Buddhism in Post-Conflict Cambodia
- Fall: September - December, 16 weeks
- Spring: January - April, 16 weeks
GSC works with students’ college or university to offer a variety of semester programs, including a 16-week, 15-credit Cambodia Semester Study Abroad Program in the Fall and Spring of each year. Focused on social development in post-conflict societies, the program combines an intensive foundations course, 12 weeks of field work with a local NGO, and a final Capstone project.
Summer Independent Study Program: GSC works with students’ college or university to offer a customized service-learning experience centered on an internship with a Cambodian NGO or community organization.
Internships and Independent Study Programs: GSC works with students’ college or university to offer a customized service-learning experience on an internship with a Cambodian NGO or community organization. Start dates are available every month of the year.
NOTE: All student programs include service-learning internships with local NGOs or community organizations in the subject areas listed above in GSC's Cambodia Service-Learning Volunteer Programs.
Decades of the Khmer Regime atrocities, the Vietnam War, civil war and corruption have impacted the health, education, economy, and even the culture of Cambodia’s people. Especially difficult situations include the plight of homeless families, children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, the absence of basic public health information for the disadvantaged, and the lack of trained civil society leaders. Also because of the consequences of these wars, institutions and leadership skills are still in the process of being rebuilt. According to Education First’s recent English Proficiency Index, Cambodia had the lowest level of English proficiency in Asia.
Pictured right: Some victims of the Khmer Rouge
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