"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

The Global Public Health Program encompasses a broad public health education program to address a gamut of community health issues. GSC partners with a local NGO serving disadvantaged families in slum communities Phnom Penh. GSC staff and volunteer participants have developed and provide public health workshops in the following areas:

  • Hygiene
  • Nutrition
  • Dengue Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Family Planning, Breast & Cervical Cancer
  • First Aid
  • Puberty, HIV, Domestic Violence and Life Skills

GSC volunteers have also assisted the NGO staff in the development of community health surveys and with other public health activities. Those with professional degrees and experiences such as nursing or MPH degrees have the opportunity to work more closely and in depth with the staff.


  • Receive an in-country introduction to public health training and materials, including role-play scripts, games, activities, and conversation practice outlines, to become a confident, effective trainer.
  • Contribute to enrichment programs in other aspects of life for children and related family members in need, including English skills and drug and alcohol abuse awareness.
  • Explore Cambodian culture and sights with fellow volunteers on tours that include the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, the National Museum, the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the Killing Fields at Cheoung Ek, and many more places.
  • There is no language requirement, and previous teaching experience is not required - just a positive attitude, ability to take initiative, and a willingness to approach challenges with patience and enthusiasm.

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.

Global Service Corps offers public health volunteer programs and internships in Cambodia for those with an interest in global public health. The Global Public Health Program gives participants a unique opportunity to not only see firsthand how poverty affects the health outcomes of youth and families in Cambodia, but also to help ensure healthy, positive futures for the most vulnerable families.

Global Service Corps launched this program as a four-day Health Education Workshop in Phnom Penh in July 2011. Currently, GSC works with a partner organization in Cambodia that currently runs four youth centers, serving over 1,000 disadvantaged children and related family members.  Providing education, support and mid-day meals, these centers offer children from slum communities 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.

Volunteer participants in the Global Public Health Program provide vital wellness training to the children and adults who attend these centers. After a comprehensive needs-assessment of the local communities in Phnom Penh, GSC has determined the most critical public health issues needing attention, including drug and alcohol abuse awareness, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, and issues related to domestic violence, among other issues. Volunteers work with a local translator to lead public health workshops on these issues, as needed. Volunteers may also have opportunities to develop additional public health workshops, provide basic first aid, and/or make case visits to slum community families.

Prior to their departure,Global Public Health volunteers are given GSC's Cambodia Health Manual. The manual serves to educate volunteers on public health issues in Cambodia and is full of teaching tips, including sample lesson plans and time tested games and activities. During the first week in Phnom Penh, Cambodia volunteers also receive cultural orientation and training to prepare them to not only be knowledgeable of the issues but to also be effective trainers during their program placements. Volunteers will also be provided access to existing public health workshop curricula and support material.

The Cambodia Global Public Health Program offers volunteers a rich and rewarding experience, as they work to address important public health concerns facing Cambodian children and families. The program requires a minimum commitment of four weeks.

Contact Cambodia@globalservicecorps.org for more information.

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