Cambodia has two UNESCO World Heritage sites and seven more sites under consideration. Few countries can boast such splendid ancient temples and cities, and such natural beauty. We will take afternoon and weekend excursions to places of cultural and histo
- Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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- Study Abroad
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- Program Description:
- Cambodia is on the rise with booming commerce and foreign investment. It also is a center for international development with over 3,000 registered non-governmental agencies inside its borders. Nestled between Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, Cambodia suffered more than its fair share of war and trauma during the 20th century. Memories of the Khmer Rouge’s genocidal rule in the late 1970s remain, and Cambodians born since 1979 learn about this episode from family and in school. With nearly 15 million people today, Cambodians have shown determination and resilience in creating a new, better era.
Cambodia has two UNESCO World Heritage sites and seven more sites under consideration. Few countries can boast such splendid ancient temples and cities, and such natural beauty. We will take afternoon and weekend excursions to places of cultural and historical importance, including Tuol Sleng Prison, the Killing Fields, the Royal Palace, and the National Museum, to name a few. VISIONS' partners include NGOs, schools and centers for disadvantaged children. A representative list includes: Kinyei, Khmer Youth and Social Development (KYSD), Volunteers for Peace Vietnam (VPV), and Sarus Exchange. VISIONS Cambodia is for the adventurous participant with prior travel experience. Minimum age is 15.
- Setting Description:
- Our home base in Cambodia is Battambang, a province and town sharing the same name. Battambang Province is Cambodia's rice basket, renowned for friendly people, delicious food, and breathtaking landscapes. It is the ideal base for exploring traditional Cambodia as well as home to more than a few small, high-impact nonprofits engaged in innovative work. The town of Battambang boasts charming colonial architecture and a relaxed pace of life unlike the larger and more cosmopolitan city of Phnom Penh. Service is the centering lens for learning about Cambodia. Projects mix construction and social service with development organizations that focus on children, historic and cultural preservation, and peace-building. Some of our projects and activities will be integrated with Sarus Exchange Program. Founded by VISIONS’ Southeast Asia Coordinator Wes Hedden, Sarus seeks to build peace and understanding by engaging university students from Cambodia and Vietnam who live and work together for a mo
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