"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

In recent years, Cambodia has made great strides in turning the tide of the HIV epidemic; however, young people and particularly orphans remain vulnerable and often do not receive sufficient attention from HIV/AIDS prevention organizations. Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, teachers and trainers are often shy to bring up issues related to HIV/AIDS in the classroom and community. This is one of the reasons why GSC HIV/AIDS Prevention volunteers are needed in Cambodia to help close this education gap, increase teachers’ and trainers’ comfort levels in engaging in open dialogue with students, and keep future generations safe from the disease. The HIV/AIDS prevention training has now been embedded in a broad public health education program to address a gamut of community health issues.


  • Receive an in-country introduction to HIV/AIDS prevention and 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, drug and alcohol abuse awareness, hygiene, nutrition, HIV/AIDS prevention techniques, and  issues surrounding domestic violence.
  • 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.
  • Participants staying at least four weeks have the option to spend two weeks or more assisting staff at a rural residential children’s center that cares for HIV positive children, which may compliment other program activities such as leading public health workshops in Phnom Penh.

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.

Public Health Education Program 

Kind words from the Director of our partner organization in Cambodia...

"THANK YOU- for the awesome preparation and great delivery of the recent Health program.  Our staff and kids have been greatly blessed."

After a successful pilot program, Global Service Corps launched  a four-day Health Education Workshop in Phnom Penh, July 2011.  The goal was to integrate HIV education and drug prevention in a fun, child-friendly approach to ultimately empower the children of Cambodia to lead healthier lives and achieve positive futures.

GSC is collaborated with a partner organization in Cambodia that runs four youth centers, serving over 1000 disadvantaged children and related family members.  Providing education, support and mid-day meals, these centers offer children from poor families 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.

During the Health Education Workshops and follow up activities, GSC volunteers provided vital wellness training to the children and adults who attend these centers.  Based on a needs-assessment of the local communities in Phnom Penh, GSC’s Health Education Workshops were focused on HIV/AIDS education and prevention, drug and alcohol abuse awareness, hygiene, nutrition and issues related to domestic violence. 

Currently GSC offers opportunities to be involved in HIV/AIDS prevention eforts through the Global Public Health Program.  This program encompasses a wide range of community health issues, including but not limited to HIV/AIDS prevention education.  To learn more, visit our Global Public Health page or contact Cambodia@globalservicecorps.org for more information.

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