In recent years, Cambodia has made great strides in turning the tide of the HIV epidemic; however, young people and particularly orphans remain vulnerable and often do not receive sufficient attention from HIV/AIDS prevention organizations. Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, teachers and trainers are often shy to bring up issues related to HIV/AIDS in the classroom and community. This is one of the reasons why GSC HIV/AIDS Prevention volunteers are needed in Cambodia to help close this education gap, increase teachers’ and trainers’ comfort levels in engaging in open dialogue with students, and keep future generations safe from the disease. The HIV/AIDS prevention training has now been embedded in a broad public health education program to address a gamut of community health issues.
Dates & Rates: The Cambodia Global Public Health Program is offered year-round, from four weeks to six months or longer. For more information, visit our Dates & Rates page.
Kind words from the Director of our partner organization in Cambodia...
"THANK YOU- for the awesome preparation and great delivery of the recent Health program. Our staff and kids have been greatly blessed."
After a successful pilot program, Global Service Corps launched a four-day Health Education Workshop in Phnom Penh, July 2011. The goal was to integrate HIV education and drug prevention in a fun, child-friendly approach to ultimately empower the children of Cambodia to lead healthier lives and achieve positive futures.
GSC is collaborated with a partner organization in Cambodia that runs four youth centers, serving over 1000 disadvantaged children and related family members. Providing education, support and mid-day meals, these centers offer children from poor families a safe space for healthy growth and development, as well as an opportunity to engage in academic, art, and enrichment activities such as music, educational play and dance.
During the Health Education Workshops and follow up activities, GSC volunteers provided vital wellness training to the children and adults who attend these centers. Based on a needs-assessment of the local communities in Phnom Penh, GSC’s Health Education Workshops were focused on HIV/AIDS education and prevention, drug and alcohol abuse awareness, hygiene, nutrition and issues related to domestic violence.