Testimonials
"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
CHILD AND ORPHAN CARE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM IN CAMBODIA
Today, Cambodia continues to struggle after decades of war and corruption, with particularly grim consequences for children. Poverty and abandonment have led to an increase in the population of orphans and have left many children deeply scarred. Displaced families who are not fully integrated into the Cambodian community are forced into slums. GSC works with local Cambodian organizations addressing the plight of children affected by HIV/AIDS and children of displaced families living in the slums of Phnom Penh.


Depending on the needs of our partner organizations and the volunteer's interests and program length, participants in the Child and Orphan Care Program may be placed at a vetted center for orphans, a feeding center for marginalized kids, or a children's community. Volunteers at the feeding center will provide meals for kids whose home-life may not be in tact, or who live on the streets. Other activities may include teaching basic English lessons, providing guidance and mentorship, or assisting at a youth home or orphan center where you will also become part of a collective effort to encourage the healthy growth and development of Cambodia's young people. Daily activities will vary according to the needs and schedules of each placement.


GSC also works with a unique children's center outside of Phnom Penh to bring light and happiness into the lives of children who have been orphaned because they are HIV+ or whose parents have died from AIDS.  Initially envisioned as a resource for educating the community about HIV and caring for people dying from AIDS, with the availability of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs the center now feels more like an extended family than a hospice for the hopeless.  The children are healthy, happy, playful, and loving, and are quick to warm up to visiting volunteers. 

For more information on the children's center volunteer program and site, click here.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • Accommodations at a Phnom Penh homestay or guest house
  • Receive an in-country introduction to training materials, including role-play scripts, games, activities, and conversation practice outlines, to become a confident, effective trainer.
  • 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.
  • Contribute to enrichment programs in other aspects of life for children and related family members in need.
  • There is no language requirement, and previous training experience is not required - just a positive attitude, ability to take initiative, and a willingness to approach challenges with patience and enthusiasm.


The Child and Orphan Care Program is open year-round with projects ranging from two weeks to six months or longer, depending on the needs of GSC's partners.


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