An exotically beautiful country, Cambodia is rising from the ashes of the Killing Fields of the 1970s to become reborn as a premier tourist destination with a steadily growing economy. When you embark upon Bright Light Volunteers’ Cambodia Reborn program, you will become a vital participant in Cambodia’s rebirth.
Emerging from a time when access to all intellectual materials was banned, you will meet a people who are hungry for education. They want to learn and they need you to help teach them. With the growth of the tourist industry there is a great need for Cambodians who speak English. The ability to speak a foreign language popular with tourists gives the Cambodian people a way out of poverty, enabling them to rebuild their lives, their country, and their future.
Hands-on, immersive cultural learning opportunities include a full day, guided exploration of the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat, participating in the “Amazing Race Culture Challenge” in Siem Reap, a special boat visit through Tonle Sap Lake, taking part in a circus show that works with homeless youth to teach them useful performance art skills, and much more!
Our program in Cambodia offers a wide array of service project opportunities. Program participants will work on reforestation projects, English language instruction with a community of monks in a pagoda that we partner with, house building, and early childhood education initiatives.
Program participants will exit the program having:
– Demonstrated an understanding of the definition and value of global citizenship
– Developed awareness of one’s own personal reactions to those from different cultures (personal biases, beliefs, attitudes)
– Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of local, national and/or global issues and the interconnectedness and interdependency of different countries and populations
– Developed skills for critical thinking and analysis of global issues
– Developed a sense of belonging to a common humanity, sharing values and responsibilities, based on human rights
– Developed familiarity with various cultures / cultural practices of the host country
– Acted effectively and responsibly at local, national and global levels for a more peaceful and sustainable world