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
at a Phnom Penh homestay or guest house
an in-country introduction to training materials, including role-play scripts,
games, activities, and conversation practice outlines, to become a confident,
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.
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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