"I'm sure when I ponder my life experiences, during the twilight of my years, I will regard my six weeks in Thailand as six of the most sensational weeks of my life... I traveled to Thailand hoping for an enriching experience. What I found exceeded my wildest expectations."
Chris Cox, International Health Program, Thailand
GSC Slum Community Support Volunteer Program
A January 2015 joint report from World Vision and the NGO Forum quoted government figures of 503 slum communities within Phnom Penh city limits, which are home to more than 24,000 families, or about 140,000 people out of a total population of roughly 2 million.

Many of the slum families and children supported by GSC live along Phnom Penh wastewater canals and rivers in houses built on stilts above dirty and stinking water. Many of the families work as scrap collectors or small-scale scrap dealers, earning as little as 4USD a day or less.

     Photo by Habitat for Humanity

GSC volunteers assist our partner organizations in skills training, mentoring, program review and research, and capacity building.  This includes working at our partner day centers providing much needed support for slum families. For children under six, the emphasis is on social and art-based learning, as the younger children are there for emotional skills, stability and nurturing. Volunteers provide assistance to older children through skills training activities, or workshops on hygiene or other public health subjects.

     Photo by L Schnall

Program participants may accompany a nurse on home visits to share better health practices and identify hidden health problems. You may also assist social work teams in the home visit activities including monitoring activities and helping improve social work processes, guidelines and policies.