"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

A glimpse into GSC Cambodia's Global Public Health Program.

 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 partners provide assistance and support. All Cambodia volunteer programs include:

  • In-depth cultural orientation and training
  • Basic or advanced 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 three weeks or longer).

GSC's Cambodia Service-Learning Volunteer Programs:


The Role of Civil Society and Buddhism in Post-Conflict Cambodia

Fall: September - December 16 weeks
Spring: January - April 16 weeks

In collaboration with the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY)), GSC offers a 16-week, 15-credit Cambodia Semester Study Abroad Programs 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

More about the semester service-learning program in Cambodia (pdf)

About Cambodia

Decades of civil war and corruption have impacted the health, education, economy, and even culture of Cambodia’s people. Especially difficult situations include the plight of 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 the war, 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.

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