SEMESTER PROGRAMS OFFERED IN CAMBODIA
The Role of Civil Society and Buddhism in Post-Conflict Cambodia
Fall: September 9 - December 22, 2013
Spring: January 6 - April 20, 2014
In collaboration with the State University of New York (SUNY) and Pāññāsastra University of Cambodia (PUC), GSC offers a 15-week, 15-credit Cambodia semester program this Spring. Focused on social development in post-conflict societies, the program combines an intensive foundations course, nine weeks of field work with an NGO, and a final Capstone project.
BUDDHIST IMMERSION PROGRAM
life at a Buddhist wat (monastery) and the essence of Cambodia by
living, working, and learning among Khmer people in GSC's Buddhist
Immersion Program. For the majority of Cambodians, wats have long been
the symbolic centers of villages, used not only for spiritual practice,
but also as educational, cultural, and social hubs. Through the Buddhist Immersion Program, volunteers experience the rich culture of
Khmer Buddhism firsthand as guests, students, and teachers at a Khmer
Cambodia volunteers can choose from a variety of
service-learning programs including:
Prior to departure, GSC works closely with all participants to help them select the program that best fits their skills, passions, and goals while also meeting the needs of the local community. Once in Cambodia, the in-country coordinator will lead volunteers through a five-day cultural orientation and training. Included in the orientation is a guided tour of historical and cultural sites that will provide insight into the storied history of Cambodia. As part of the project training, volunteers will become prepared to transition into pre-arranged placements, where they will assist in implementing much needed services to the local communities. Volunteers will also receive an all-inclusive weekend trip to Sihanoukville to enjoy the beautiful beaches and tropical surroundings. Evenings and other weekends provide free time for excursions around the area and socializing with other volunteers, partner organization staff, and Cambodian locals.
Cambodia programs can range from two weeks to six months or longer and can be combined for a custom Integrated Program. Undergraduate and graduate students may also receive college credit for their participation in any GSC program.