CONTENT The Kingdom of Wonder Care for Cambodia Our Stories 01
The Kingdom of Wonder Cambodia, also known as â€œThe Kingdom of Wonderâ€?, is one of the countries located in southeast Asia.
GEOGRAPHY Cambodia has a land area of 181,035 square kilometres in the southwestern part of the Indochina peninsula, about 20% of which is used for agriculture. This country is bordered with Thailand, Lao and Vietnam.
Once the “Pearl of Asia”, Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia. The name can’t help but conjure up an image of the exotic. The glimmering spires of the Royal Palace, the fluttering saffron of the monks’ robes and the luscious location on the banks of the might Mekong river – his is the Asia many daydream about from afar.
CAPITAL CITIY, PHNOM PENH
Thanks to a surrounding coastline of white-sand beaches and sun-drenched islands, this is Cambodia’s most happening sun-sloth destination. This city is flanked by an almost interrupted string of beaches along its entire coastline and coastal mashlands.
SIHANOUKVILLE PROVINCE Ratanakiri Prvince is a diverse region of outstanding natural beauty that provides a remote home for a mosaic of people – Jarai, Tompuon, Brau and Kreung minorities, plus Lao. Visitors usually swim in clear volcanic lakes, shower under waterfalls, or trek in the vast Virachey National Park.
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The life-support system and gateway for the temples of Angkor, Siem Reap was always destined for great things. Visitors come to this historic site to see famous ancient temples.
SIEM REAP PROVINCE
The National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh is Cambodiaâ€™s largest museum of cultural history and is the countryâ€™s leading historical and archaeological museum.
NATIONAL MUSEUM Also known as Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the site is a former high school which was used as the notorious Security Prision 21 by Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979. Tuol Sleng was just one of the least 150 execution centres established by Khmer Rouge.
HISTORY The good, the bad and the ugly is a simple way to sum up Cambodian history. Things were good in the early years, culminating the vast Angkor Empire, unrivalled in the region during four centuries of dominance. Then the bad set in, from the 13th century, as ascendant neighbours steadily chipped away in Cambodian territory. In the 20th century it turned downright ugly, as a brutal civil war culminated in the genocidal rule of Khmer Rouge (1975 to 1979), from which Cambodia is still recovering.
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Culture Cambodian culture and tradition have had a rich varied history dating back many centuries. Over the years, the people of Cambodia developed a set of unique tradition from syncretism of indigenous Buddhism and Hinduism. Cambodians have been raised to respect their culture and are very traditional in their way of life.
Khmer is the official language in Cambodia. Cambodia won the Longest Alphabet from Guinness World Record as this language contains 74 alphabets.
â€œRobam Tep Apsaraâ€? is the title of a Khmer classical dance created by the Royal Ballet of Cambodia in the mid-20th. The Apara is played by a woman, sewn into tight-fitting traditional dress, whose graceful, sinuous gestures are codified to narrate classical myths or religious stories.
The world largest religious monument, Angkor Wat is the earthly representation of Mt Meru, the Mt Olympus of the Hindu faith and abode of ancient gods. This temple is the heart and soul of Cambodia and a source of fierce national pride.
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Riel is the currency of Cambodia. One US dollar is equivalent to around 4,000 riels. However, it is common to use both Riel and US dollar interchangeably.
CURRENCY Buddhism in Cambodia is currently a form of Theravada Buddhism. Buddhism has exited in Cambodia since at least the 5th century. Theravada Buddhism has been the Cambodian state of religion since the 13th century (except during the Khmer Rouge period), and is currently estimated to be the faith of 95% of the population.
PEOPLE Khmer people is native to Cambodia, accounting for 97.6% of the countryâ€™s 15.9 million people. Youth in Cambodia (under age thirty) make up 68% of Cambodiaâ€™s population. Roughly 20% of the population resides in its cities, mostly in Phnom Penh, the capital.
Cambodia is a home to stacks of super cheap eats in the form of the many street food carts that dot the roads, especially at meal times. With an excess of weird and wonderful bites to be sampled.
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BASIC Living Riel is the currency of Cambodia. One US dollar is equivalent to around 4,000 riels. However, it is common to use both Riel and US dollar interchangeably.
On average meals range from $1 to $5. Street food can range from $0.5 to $2. A standard coffee is $2.4.
Modes of transportation for daily commute include tuktuks, rickshaws, taxis and uber. Price depends on the distance; however, it usually ranges from $1 - $5. Cheaper if you share.
On average traditional souvenirs ranges from $5 to $10. Clothes shopping depends on the stores you visit. You can expect global brands to have consistent pricing.
Care for Cambodia The Cambodian economy is transforming rapidly; however, as a developing country, Cambodia still has many social issues to deal with.
Orkun ‘Orkun’ represents AIESEC in Cambodia’s national projects. ‘Orkun’ means ‘thank you’ in Khmer. We want to thank you for choosing to be a part of this journey. We have three national projects, each with a duration of six weeks. Our projects are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to ensure we are making a real contribution to a better future. We specifically focus on SDG 4. Quality Education and SDG 12. Responsible Consumption and Production. We believe education and the environment require particular attention in Cambodia as there are many social issues within them.
ORKUN - Environmental Care Volunteers will focus on bringing proper waste management awareness to the community.
ORKUN - Education for Schools Volunteers will teach English and share their culture to schools.
ORKUN - Education for the Community Volunteers will buddy up with local volunteers to provide quality education to the community.
Orkun Project will occur in four waves. Project dates can be seen below: Wave ONE: 12th May - 24th June 2018 Wave TWO: 22nd June - 4th August 2018 Wave THREE: 6th July - 19th August 2018 Wave FOUR: 17th August to 30th September 2018 Dates are not flexible. Orkun - Environmental Care will only occur in Wave 3.
EDUcation 55% of children in the poorest quintile of the population attend school. Disparities increase at higher levels of education, with virtually no children from the poorest quintile enrolled beyond primary school.
The Khmer Rouge regime obliterated the education system in Cambodia as schools were destroyed and intellectuals killed. Cambodia was forced to build up from scratch, starting with creating a new education system. Today has seen a steady improvement with over 10,000 schools built, but there is still much to be done. Disparities, such as educational relevance and employment and access to proper education, still exists.
SDG 4.4: By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.
SDG CONTRIBUTION Our two national educational projects aim to provide quality education to Cambodian youths. Job descriptions for both projects can be seen in the next page.
Exchange participants will bring impact to over 500 students in schools within and outside of Phnom Penh, By the end of the project, young Cambodians will have improved English speaking abilities, a better cross-cultural understanding and an increased belief in changing themselves and the world.
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ORKUN Education for Schools • Teach English according to the school's curriculum • Prepare innovalve lesson plans • Parlcipate in community based aclvity • Explore the beauty of Cambodia with other exchange parlcipants • Create a video showcasing their exchange experience by the end of the project • Exchange Parlcipant fee of $60 - $80 USD
Education for the community • Support local volunteers by teaching them English • Support local volunteers in class preparalon for primary school students • Provide English classes to primary school students • Support local volunteers by facilitalng in project aclviles for the community • Live with a host family and adapt to rural local culture • Explore the beauty of Cambodia with other exchange parlcipants • Exchange Parlcipant fee of $115 USD
*Global Village (GV) is an event for the Exchange Participants (EPs) to showcase and share their culture to others. GV may occur at the start or end of the exchange depending on the wave.
EPs will attend an incoming preparation seminar and participate in Global Village. They will also explore Cambodia with other EPs on the weekend.
IPS, GV*, Exploring Cambodia
Timeline is subject to change.
No planned activity/ events for EPs. EPs can take this time to renew their visa if required.
Standard working week Week 4
Community involvement Week 5
Standard working week Week 2
Mid-project Exchange Participant Week Week 4 reflection
EPs will help the community on the weekend through several activities such as painting, visits, building, etc. Activities subject to change.
EPs will undergo a LEAD session held by AIESEC representatives. This is a space for the EP to reflect on their experience so far and the goals set at the start of their exchange. Week
GV*, End of project Exchange Participant reflection
No planned activity/ events for EPs
EPs will end their journey through a LEAD session which allows them to reflect on their experience, goals and leadership development. They will also participate in Global Village.
Environment ‘Orkun - Environmental Care’ aims to bring awareness to the importance of proper waste management. The job description and Exchange Participant Fee (max $160 USD) may change depending on the Local Chapter the volunteer is with. Generally, Exchange Participants will do the following: • L earn about waste management in Cambodia • Conduct surveys to Cambodian cilzens
Phnom Penh alone has produced approximately 1.286 tonnes of solid waste per day back in 2013. Without proper management the amount is estimate to double by 2030. Waste generation doesn’t only affect the environment, but also human health. Given the lack of proper waste management practices and limited public awareness, it remains one of the urban greatest environmental pressures.
SDG 12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.
• Teach about proper waste management to schools • Create a public campaign raising awareness of proper waste management • Get the chance to clean up the streets of Cambodia • Explore the beauty of Cambodia
Exchange participants will bring awareness of proper waste management to over 500 students and local citizens. Exchange Participants would gain insight and knowledge themselves and help make the streets of Cambodia a cleaner place.
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Timeline may change depending on the Local Chapter the Exchange Participants are volunteering with.
TIMELINE Campaign Crealon/Teaching
6 July - 8 July
9 July - 15 July
Volunteers will undergo Incoming Preparalon before they commence the project.
16 July - 22 July
23 July - 29 July
Volunteers will raise awareness by crealng a campaign on waste management and teaching at schools/communiBes.
Volunteers will conduct research on waste management through surveying and learning from related NGOs.
30 July - 5 Aug
6 Aug - 12 Aug
13 Aug - 19 Aug
Volunteers will help clean up the city and other places with NGOs.
Volunteers will explore the beauty of Cambodia through city tours, travelling and local events.
Volunteers will showcase their campaign through AIESEC organised event.
Requirements & Process Candidates must fill out their availability on the form (as seen in the project opportunity) for interview. They will then be emailed by an AIESEC in Cambodia representative within 24 hours to confirm the interview time. It is required for applicants to regularly check their emails as that will be our main form of communication.
Required: -Proficient English speaking and writing abilities
Preferred: -Basic computer skills -Presentation designing skills
HARD SKILLS Required: -Presentation skills -Adaptibility skills
Preferred: -Critical thinking -Creativity
SOFT SKILLS Required: -Open-minded -Solutions oriented -Willing to learn and actively participate -Live like a local
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Citizens from an ASEAN country and hold a passport from Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam, do not need a visa to enter Cambodia for up to 30 days. Citizens from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Iran, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, or Sudan, are not eligible for visa on arrival and will need to apply in advance at the closest Cambodian embassy. In addition, at a minimum, they will need a return ticket and sponsor letter or letter of invitation from AIESEC in Cambodia for visa requirement.
EPs may purchase a tourist Visa upon arrival or E-Visa prior to coming to Cambodia. Both visa cost $30 USD and allows the EP to stay for 30 days. EPs must pay $45 at tourist agencies to renew their visa for an additional 30 days.
Our stories Over 1,300 stories have been created here in Cambodia. What will yours be?
Chen Ying, Taiwan â€œThis experience was a turning point in my life. I was shocked on the first day we visited the school as it was in the slums. I have never seen people live in that kind of situation. The students were so excited to see us. This made me wonder how lucky I am and what I can do to improve their English. This project gave me a different pattern towards life and I miss every moment here in Cambodia.â€? 18 15
Sooyoung, Korea “I had a amazing experience in Cambodia. While I stayed in here I could see Cambodia people's life and culture, even it is a few of part. And it brings me a inspiration and lesson to write something. I can’t believe I had to leave, but I feel like I can do anything back in Korea. Thank you for giving me a valuable chance.”
Nazli, Turkey â€œThis experience means to me a lot. First of all being in Cambodia and attending this project is real challenge for me. I really appreciated my EP member, friends and my AIESEC manager and also Ace members. It was really good that I know many people from all over the word and know a new culture which is different from mine and teaching English and beyond.â€?
Marika, Japan â€œThis experience in Cambodia is really unforgettable for me. This is the first time to teach chidden actually, so I have to solve many problems. Especially, I always thinking about what is the best way to make children gain knowledge deeply. Though it hard, I gradually got the hang of it. Spending a long time in Cambodia makes me discover a lot of things.â€?
CONtacts Alice Tang Director of Incoming Exchange (Volunteer) firstname.lastname@example.org Bormey Chheng Vice President of Incoming Volunteer (LUCT) email@example.com
Zuyhor Sok Vice President of Incoming Volunteer (LUCT) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sineth Mom Vice President of Incoming Volunteer (PP) email@example.com
Chanmonyreaksmey Som Vice President of Incoming Volunteer (WP) firstname.lastname@example.org
Chansetha Bunlee Vice President of Incoming Volunteer (IFL) email@example.com
Published on Aug 31, 2017