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Cambodia: Ethical Service Learning

Student photo from Lisa Steuber (2013 Cambodia Term)


Spend January engaged in community projects in Cambodia as you study the values and practices that shape ethical service learning and volunteer experiences.  This 6-credit program includes on-campus study of best practices in volunteering during the Fall Semester and then a 3-week experience in the city of Siem Reap and the jungle of Mondulkiri in Cambodia.  

Students will travel to Cambodia, visit the famous Angkor Wat temples and the hub city of Siem Riep.  Following on-campus coursework to prepare you for the experience, students will participate in two very different volunteer opportunities, first working as English instructors and teaching partners both in a school in the shadow of the Angkor Wat ruins and with Buddhist monks in a monastery in Siem Reap itself.  The group will then relocate to Sen Monorom in the Mondulkiri province to volunteer at a wild elephant sanctuary, where you will also have the chance to visit another refuge used to protect the endangered freshwater river dolphins.

The program includes a 4-credit Fall course and a 2-credit January course, which combined will provide students with PH and G suffixes as well as an SL designation for service learning.  But the real reward will be the experience and the background in how to serve in an ethical way both at home and abroad.


Eligibility and program cap: Requires sophomore status and a minimum 2.00 GPA to participate. This program is capped at 20 students.

Course(s) and credits: This program will be comprised of two ISS (International Study Seminars), a four credit fall course and a two credit January course. Upon completion of the second course (in Cambodia), students will receive the PH, G and SL designations.

Faculty contacts: For more information, contact K. Jakielski (communication sciences and disorders) or L. Drazinski (communication sciences and disorders).

Dates: The program includes coursework during the 2019 Fall Semester and travel for the full three weeks of the 2020 January interim term.

Budget and fees

Program fee: $3,700. Augie Choice eligible for juniors and seniors.

Includes: Airfare, ground transportation, lodging, meals, excursions and international travel health insurance.

Does not include: Discretionary spending

Out of pocket estimate: $200-$500