"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

Photo courtesy of Bettina O.

Still in recovery from brutal civil war and genocide, Cambodia is working to rebuild its culture, social institutions and economy. From 1975-1979, the Khmer Rouge empire instituted a reign of destruction in an attempt to build a classless, agrarian society. Under the leadership of Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge abolished money, religion and traditional Khmer culture, while purging the country of intellectuals, non-Khmer minorities and other social groups. During this time, nearly two million people are estimated to have lost their lives.

Though the people of Cambodia have shown remarkable resilience through this dark period, Cambodian society still struggles in its efforts to both recover and grow. GSC has partnered with a local Cambodian organization working to assist communities and develop leadership to bring about much-needed social change.

The Community Development and Youth Leadership Training Program includes:

  • Accommodations at a Phnom Penh homestay or a rural guest house
  • Work with the staff of a local NGO to help empower youth and build a generation of active, peace-minded leaders
  • Hands-on field work, assisting with the organization's peace-building, community development and leadership training programs
  • Activities ranging from facilitating youth leadership Emotional Intelligence (EQ) workshops to teaching democratic education courses.

The Community Development and Youth Leadership Training Program is available year-round, with projects ranging from four weeks to six months or longer. 

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