Cambodia Program History
In 2008, GSC launched its Service-Learning Programs in Cambodia with the assistance of Dr. Susan Hagadorn, the first Cambodia In-Country Coordinator. Taking the best practices from the organization’s Tanzania and Thailand Programs, GSC established programs focused on working with Cambodia’s most vulnerable populations. The HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Program that was operating as a part of GSC’s Thailand Programs was adapted and expanded to provide further public health education in Cambodia. Volunteer service programs were also launched in the fields of orphanage care and teaching English.
In 2009, Sophy Tun and Sophak Touch joined GSC’s in-country staff to assist with volunteer placements and orientation. Sophak later became the Cambodia In-Country Coordinator. GSC launched the Thailand Buddhist Immersion-EFL program allowing GSC volunteers to become immersed in the Buddhist culture while teaching English local students including novice and visiting monks.
In 2013, GSC launched a 15-week, 15-credit semester program in collaboration with UAlbany SUNY. Dr. Susan Hagadorn, a professor and Assistant Dean at Cambodia’s Pannasastra University, which is the only English language university in Cambodia, taught these classes along with a team of PhD students.
In early 2014 GSC shifted all of our Asia Programs to Cambodia and launched the Community Development and Youth Leadership Training program as part of our expanding service-learning activities.
In 2017, GSC expanded its work in Cambodia partnering with a local NGO to provide assistance to disadvantaged children at a Phnom Penh feeding center and orphanage.
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