The SStS Cambodia course begins in the capital of Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, the group will spend a few days learning about the rich history of the Cambodian people, including the tragic legacy of the Khmer Rouge. The service work will then begin with visits to non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of impoverished women and vulnerable children. After these experiences, students will get their first exposure to rural Cambodian life as they travel by minibus to the town of Kratie in order to connect with our primary non-profit partner, the Cambodian Rural Development Team (CRDT). After spending a day exploring Kratie and learning more about the work and mission of CRDT, the group will travel to the island village of Koh Preah, where they will live with villagers in traditional homes for over a week. While in Koh Preah, the group will experience firsthand how CRDT supports local projects aimed at improving the living standards of poor rural communities with a particular focus on sustainable environmental practices.
SStS students will spend a majority of their time in Koh Preah doing construction and repairs at the village school as well as working with the local children. Additionally, they will be immersed in the daily routines of this rural village. Evenings will be spent listening to stories told by village elders and participating in cultural presentations and ceremonies. In order to get a feel for the adjacent countryside, the group will tour the storied Mekong River by boat and, ideally, catch a glimpse of endangered freshwater dolphins. Upon completion of the project, the group will tour several cultural sites on their way back to Kratie. From there, they will travel to Siem Reap in order to spend a few days reflecting on what they have learned about ethical leadership and touring Angkor Wat, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is the largest Hindu temple in the world.
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The course elements are based on a rating from 1 to 5, 1 being the least rigorous, 5 being the most rigorous.
ON THE MOVE
Day 1 and 2
Cambodia : In Three Phases
THE 5 LENSES CURRICULUM
PARTNERING WITH NGOS
POST TRAVEL ADVOCACY
During the travel phase of each SStS course, students spend time reflecting about the learning that occurs through their immersion and service experiences. These posts capture the impact of our programs on individual students. Explore the posts below to learn about the SStS Cambodia program from the important viewpoint of our students.
Students who attend a school that is a member of SStS’s Global Schools Coalition receive a tuition discount. To see the list of schools in the coalition, click HERE. Prices below are from 2021. 2022 prices are coming soon.
Tuition (students from members of the Global Schools Coalition): $4355
Tuition (students not from members of the Global Schools Coalition): $4555
Airfare & Fees: $1475
SStS is in search of curious, compassionate, globally-minded students. Thus, we will do all that we can financially to support students whose circumstances preclude paying the full cost. If you would like to be considered for financial assistance, please indicate so on the application. Financial assistance resources are limited. Scholarships tend to be less than 50% of tuition.
Please note, tuition does not include airfare and immunizations.
Tuition costs are all inclusive with the exception of personal expenditures (e.g. souvenirs).
Tickets and medical & security evacuation services are purchased as a group. The cost of these services is included in the tuition.
Talbot Travel Agency provides travel services for SStS, working personally with us to find the least expensive fares.
As a result, it is not possible to use airline miles or credit card benefits for the international flights. However, these can be used to purchase tickets to the gateway city.
Please note that we expect all participants to travel together, adhering to the identical itinerary. We will depart the United States as a group from a gateway city. Exemptions may be made for international students. Additionally, travel in the developing world inevitably includes “the unexpected” (e.g. weather disruptions, transportation strikes, etc.). SStS will adjust the itinerary accordingly, making the best of uncontrollable situations. Due to the unknown variables in international travel, participants are asked not to make travel plans or to enroll in programs that start immediately after their return. SStS is not responsible for expenses incurred due to missed flights if the group is delayed in their return.