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Cambodia has a long, rich and complex history. Cambodians are proud of their culture and their ancient past, but at the same time they are still recovering from the tragedies of their more recent history. The near-total destruction by the Khmer Rouge of the nation’s educated workforce and infrastructure during the period 1975–1979 left Cambodia with a serious need for trained and educated people. Most Cambodians are eager to improve their lives and they view acquiring English language skills as a means to help accomplish this goal.
  
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Although the Peace Corps and the Royal Government of Cambodia signed an agreement in 1994, political instability and budgetary constraints did not allow Peace Corps to establish a post in Cambodia until 2006. An assessment completed by the Peace Corps in 2005 found that the administrative and security infrastructure in Cambodia was sound, and that the opportunities for Volunteers to work safely and effectively had improved significantly. While Cambodia’s development needs are great, and much of the country’s infrastructure is still lacking, there are enough supports in place to ensure safe and productive assignments for Peace Corps Volunteers.
  
The government of Zambia requested the Peace Corps' assistance soon after the election of President Chiluba in 1991. Volunteer projects focus on health, agriculture, the environment, and education. All Volunteers, regardless of sector, are trained in methods to promote HIV/AIDS awareness.
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Peace Corps is launching its program in Cambodia with a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) project. This project is geared toward classroom teaching of English at the upper secondary level. It will also support teachers in Cambodian provinces and districts to improve their English language and English teaching skills. The first group of TEFL Volunteers will arrive in Phnom Penh in February 2007. The scope of the Volunteers’ work, however, will not be limited to classroom teaching. Volunteers will collaborate with community groups and individuals to develop community-initiated projects, promote life skills, and achieve sustainable community activities, enhancing the quality of life for Cambodians in the communities where Volunteers serve.
  
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==Peace Corps History==
 
==Peace Corps History==
  
''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Zambia]]''
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''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Cambodia]]''
  
In April 2004, the Peace Corps celebrated its 10th anniversary of service in Zambia. Following the formalization of a country agreement in 1993, Peace Corps/Zambia opened its program in 1994 with a first group of water and sanitation/hygiene education Volunteers. In 1996, the program expanded to include projects in community action for health and rural aquaculture. The project expanded again in 2001 to encompass an income, food, and environmental project. In 2003, a new education project was launched and a fifth program is underway. Using emergency HIV/AIDS funding, a separate HIV/AIDS project will begin in the summer of 2005.
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The Royal Government of Cambodia first invited the Peace Corps to open a program in Cambodia in November 1992. An assessment team was sent the following year, which resulted in a country agreement being signed on October 3, 1994. However, the political situation was found to be too unstable for Volunteers to be sent at that time. A second assessment team visited in 1996 and, although an improvement in the political and safety situation was noted, these concerns and budget constraints resulted in a decision not to establish a presence in Cambodia. In 2004, the Ministry of Education again expressed an interest in the Peace Corps establishing a program and in 2005, officials of the Royal Government of Cambodia concurred. This time the assessment team found the administrative and security infrastructure to be sound and the opportunities for Peace Corps Volunteers to work safely and effectively had improved significantly.
 
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Since the first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived 1994, approximately 1,100 Volunteers have served in Zambia, which is now one of the larger Peace Corps programs in Africa. Volunteers live and work in eight of Zambia’s nine provinces.  
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==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle==
 
==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle==
  
''Main article: [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in Zambia]]''
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''Main article: [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in Cambodia]]''
  
Most Volunteers live in earthen houses lighted by kerosene lamps. Meals are cooked over wood or charcoal. Typically, Volunteer sites are in villages where there is neither plumbing nor electricity. You will have your own mud brick/thatch roof house, pit latrine, outdoor cooking area and shower area. Drinking/washing water may need to be carried from as far as 30 minutes away on foot. Some sites will be very isolated and the closest Volunteer may be 100 kilometers or more away.
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Peace Corps/Cambodia Volunteers will live with host families throughout their service. Since most high schools are at the district level, most education Volunteers live in provincial and district towns. Health centers are located at the commune or village level, so health education Volunteers will be in smaller towns. In the district towns, some homes have electricity and indoor plumbing, including toilets and cold water showers. Electricity is not available at every site. Drinking water must be boiled,filtered, or purchased. Other basic amenities such as soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, lotion, stationery, sodas, and instant coffee should be available in provincial or district centers.  
  
Within the first week of arriving in Zambia Peace Corps will place you into a language group. The associate Peace Corps director (APCD) of your program may offer advice based on the various skills and interest of individuals in your group. Your placements are made in cooperation with the training staff and are based on their assessments and recommendations regarding your skill levels in the technical, cross-cultural, and language areas. Your APCD can discuss particular preferences concerning a site. You will not be able to choose your site. Site placements are made using the following criteria (in priority order):
 
 
* Medical considerations;
 
* Community needs;
 
* Site requirements matched with demonstrated technical, cross cultural, and language skills;
 
* Personal preference of the Volunteer.
 
  
 
==Training==
 
==Training==
  
''Main article: [[Training in Zambia]]''
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''Main article: [[Training in Cambodia]]''
 
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Pre-service training is probably the most intensive period during your Peace Corps service. During your 8 to 10 weeks of training time (depending on your project), you will need to accumulate the knowledge and experience necessary for the first several months of service. Before beings sworn-in as a Volunteer, you will also need to demonstrate that you meet the criteria to qualify for Volunteer service.
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Your first two nights in Zambia will be spent at a simple lodge/camp near Lusaka. Following a brief orientation program, most trainees will proceed to their first site visits. Health Volunteers will proceed to the training center for two days of orientation and then move into their villages with their host families. The training center is situated in Chongwe, a small town to the east of the capital city of Zambia, Lusaka. Regardless of sector, your home stay families will be your hosts throughout training.
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Peace Corps/Cambodia’s training program is community-based and will prepare you to live and work safely and productively at your site for the first three to six months. In this training model, four or five trainees will live and study in villages located near a central hub site in a larger town. Most language, cross-cultural and technical sessions and activities will occur in the training village. Throughout pre-service training, you will occasionally go to the hub site, where you will study with the larger group for one or two days. You will live with a Cambodian host family in your training village, which will help you learn about and adjust to Khmer culture and practice your Khmer language skills. You will also take part in various cultural activities and excursions, as well as visit your future permanent site.
  
 
==Health Care and Safety==
 
==Health Care and Safety==
  
''Main article: [[Health care and safety in Zambia]]''
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''Main article: [[Health care and safety in Cambodia]]''
 
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The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative approach to disease. The Peace Corps in Zambia maintains a clinic with two full-time medical officers who take care of Volunteers’ primary health-care needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Zambia at local hospitals. If a Volunteer becomes seriously ill, that person will be transported to either South Africa, the designated regional medical evacuation center, or to the United States.
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The Peace Corps medical officers and health unit support your health needs in-country. The Volunteer health program emphasizes prevention and self-responsibility. Although medical care overseas differs significantly from the health care you may be familiar with in the U.S., your medical care during Peace Corps service is designed to meet your basic needs. It is important that you share your health concerns with a medical officer, including any discomfort you might have about your diagnosis and treatment.
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The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative, approach to disease. The Peace Corps in Cambodia maintains a clinic with a full-time medical officer, who takes care of Volunteers’ primary health care needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Cambodia at local hospitals. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to an American-standard medical facility in the region or to the United States.
  
 
==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
 
==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
  
''Main article: [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Zambia]]''
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''Main article: [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Cambodia]]''
  
In Zambia, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyles, background, and beliefs will be judged in a cultural context very different from our own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics considered familiar and commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in certain host countries.
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In fulfilling its mandate to share the face of America with host countries, the Peace Corps is making special efforts to see that all of America’s richness is reflected in the Volunteer corps. More Americans of color are serving in today’s Peace Corps than at any time in recent years. Differences in race, ethnic background, age, religion, and sexual orientation are expected and welcomed among our Volunteers. Part of the Peace Corps’ mission is to help dispel any notion that Americans are all of one origin or race and to establish that each of us is as thoroughly American as the other despite our many differences.
  
Outside of Zambia’s capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What is advertised as “typical” cultural behavior or norms may also be a narrow and selective interpretation, such as the perception in some countries that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Zambia are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to differences that you present. We ask that you be supportive of one another.  
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Our diversity helps us accomplish that goal. In other ways, however, it poses challenges. In Cambodia, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyle, background, and beliefs are judged in a cultural context very different from their own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Cambodia.
  
* Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Zambia
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Outside of Cambodia’s capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What people view as typical American behavior or norms may be a misconception, such as the belief that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Cambodia are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.
* Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color in Zambia
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* Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers in Zambia
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* Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers in Zambia
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* Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
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* Possible Issues for Volunteers with Disabilities
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* Possible Issues for Married Volunteers
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To ease the transition and adapt to life in Cambodia, you may need to make some temporary, yet fundamental compromises in how you present yourself as an American and as an individual. For example, female trainees and Volunteers may not be able to exercise the independence available to them in the United States; political discussions need to be handled with great care; and some of your personal beliefs may best remain undisclosed. You will need to develop techniques and personal strategies for coping with these and other limitations. The Peace Corps staff will lead diversity and sensitivity discussions during pre-service training and will be on call to provide support, but the challenge ultimately will be your own.
  
 
==Frequently Asked Questions==
 
==Frequently Asked Questions==
  
{{Volunteersurvey2008
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Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Cambodia]]
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|H2r=  8
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|H2s=  88.9
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|H3r=  14
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|H3s=  87.8
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|H4r=  16
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|H4s=  110
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|H5r=  15
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|H5s=  57.8
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|H6r=  4
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|H6s=  108.3
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''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Zambia]]''
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* How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Cambodia?
 
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* What is the electric current in Cambodia?
* How much luggage will I be allowed to bring to Zambia?
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* What is the electric current in Zambia?
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* How much money should I bring?
 
* How much money should I bring?
 
* When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
 
* When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
 
* Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
 
* Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
 
* Do I need an international driver’s license?
 
* Do I need an international driver’s license?
* What should I bring as gifts for Zambian friends and my host family?
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* What should I bring as gifts for Cambodian friends and my host family?
 
* Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
 
* Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
* How can my family contact me in an emergency?
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* How can my family contact me in an emergency?  
* Can I call home from Zambia?
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* Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
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* Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?
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==Packing List==
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== '''Packing List''' ==
  
''Main article: [[Packing list for Zambia]]''
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''Main article: [[Packing list for Cambodia]]''
  
This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Zambia and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You can always have things sent to you later. You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80pound weight restriction on baggage. Pack things that will help you to be content at your post. Used clothes markets or salualas (places to “rummage through piles”) are plentiful here and most Volunteers shop for clothing here or have items made. All projects require a great deal of field work, so bring clothes that can get dirty - don't buy new clothes as you prepare for your service, if you feel you must, visit your local thrift store for the items you need, you'll thank yourself later. You occasionally attend office meetings with counterparts, so a pair or two of easy-care slacks and appropriate shirts are necessary. For men, it is okay to pack a few pair of shorts, khaki cargos are safe for casual meetings - especially during hot season. For women, skirts & dresses shouldn't shorter than the knee - leggings are a great solution to the short skirt problem & make it easy to bike w/out flashing everyone. Blouses and dresses should be modest - it's wise to layer a tank top underneath if you're not sure & you'll want those tanks for hot days you are at home & not on official business. You can get almost everything you need in Zambia.
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There are very few important items that you cannot find in the markets of Phnom Penh. The things that are really hard to find are often things that are commonly available (like clothes and shoes), but that are only available in small sizes that will fit Cambodian people.
 
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* General Clothing
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* A good raincoat & rain pants - better if you go a size up so you can put them over what you're wearing
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* Double fitted sheets - you can buy sheets in country, but they are usually a set of flat sheets - double fits all mattress sizes
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* Durable Sandals (Chacos, Tevas, Keens, or something you like of that nature)
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* Kitchen: Favorite spices & recipes
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* French Press if you like ground coffee (BB&B has an unbreakable one that is great)
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* Highly Recommended: Headlamp! (or two - an invaluable item that is expensive to buy in Zambia & stock up on AAA batteries too)
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* Ipod (or mp3 player of your choice) & portable Speakers
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* Solar charger for Ipods & phones (Solio is what most people choose)
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* Silica gel to salvage your electronics from water & humidity damage - hopefully only in an emergency
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* International wall outlet adapter (w/ usb port if possible - charge ipods & solios)
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* Shortwave radio if you want to keep up on World News via BBC, VOA, etc.
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* Tent, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Pad - for visiting other volunteers & vacationing for cheap.
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* Photos from home & OF home, to show country nationals where you lived, what you drove, and your family
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* Gifts for country nationals: World & US Maps or flags make great gifts, are cheap & dont take up much space to pack
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==Volunteer Blogs==
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''Main article: [[Blogs of Peace Corps in Zambia]]''
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Since 2000 Peace Corps Volunteers in Zambia have been posting blogs on their experiences in Zambia. These blogs are personal and reflect a wide range of opinions about Peace Corps and the country of Zambia. The opinions are those of the blog authors and we have posted feeds on one page as central repository of these blogs.
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== Volunteer Projects ==
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''Main article: [[Volunteer projects of Peace Corps in Zambia]]''
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Peace Corps Volunteers in Zambia have initiated many projects in Peace Corps and some have started websites to promote these projects in Zambia and abroad. Some RPCVs have started American nonprofits to provide continued support to the projects they initiated during their Peace Corps service.
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==Peace Corps News==
 
==Peace Corps News==
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Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by [[News | country of service]] or [[News by state|your home state]]
 
Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by [[News | country of service]] or [[News by state|your home state]]
  
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==Country Fund==
 
==Country Fund==
  
Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=611-CFD Zambia Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Zambia. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, youth, health and HIV/AIDS programs.
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Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=303-CFD Cambodia Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Cambodia. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
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==See Also==
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==See also==
* [[Inspector General Reports]]
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* [[Volunteers who served in Cambodia]]
* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
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* [[List of resources for Zambia]]
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==External links==
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* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/cb.html Peace Corps Journals - Cambodia]
  
[[Category:Zambia]] [[Category:Africa]]
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[[Category:Cambodia]] [[Category:Asia]]
 
[[Category:Country]]
 
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Cambodia has a long, rich and complex history. Cambodians are proud of their culture and their ancient past, but at the same time they are still recovering from the tragedies of their more recent history. The near-total destruction by the Khmer Rouge of the nation’s educated workforce and infrastructure during the period 1975–1979 left Cambodia with a serious need for trained and educated people. Most Cambodians are eager to improve their lives and they view acquiring English language skills as a means to help accomplish this goal.

Although the Peace Corps and the Royal Government of Cambodia signed an agreement in 1994, political instability and budgetary constraints did not allow Peace Corps to establish a post in Cambodia until 2006. An assessment completed by the Peace Corps in 2005 found that the administrative and security infrastructure in Cambodia was sound, and that the opportunities for Volunteers to work safely and effectively had improved significantly. While Cambodia’s development needs are great, and much of the country’s infrastructure is still lacking, there are enough supports in place to ensure safe and productive assignments for Peace Corps Volunteers.

Peace Corps is launching its program in Cambodia with a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) project. This project is geared toward classroom teaching of English at the upper secondary level. It will also support teachers in Cambodian provinces and districts to improve their English language and English teaching skills. The first group of TEFL Volunteers will arrive in Phnom Penh in February 2007. The scope of the Volunteers’ work, however, will not be limited to classroom teaching. Volunteers will collaborate with community groups and individuals to develop community-initiated projects, promote life skills, and achieve sustainable community activities, enhancing the quality of life for Cambodians in the communities where Volunteers serve.


Cambodia
2008 Volunteer Survey Results

How personally rewarding is your overall Peace Corps service?|}} Rank:
2008 H1r::1|}}
Score:
2008 H1s::84.8|}}
Today would you make the same decision to join the Peace Corps?|}} Rank:
2008 H2r::1|}}
Score:
2008 H2s::94.3|}}
Would you recommend Peace Corps service to others you think are qualified?|}} Rank:
2008 H3r::1|}}
Score:
2008 H3s::96|}}
Do you intend to complete your Peace Corps service?|}} Rank:
2008 H4r::6|}}
Score:
2008 H4s::115|}}
How well do your Peace Corps experiences match the expectations you had before you became a Volunteer?|}} Rank:
2008 H5r::3|}}
Score:
2008 H5s::63|}}
Would your host country benefit the most if the Peace Corps program were---?|}} Rank:
2008 H6r::19|}}
Score:
2008 H6s::92|}}
2008BVS::Cambodia


Peace Corps History[edit]

Main article: History of the Peace Corps in Cambodia

The Royal Government of Cambodia first invited the Peace Corps to open a program in Cambodia in November 1992. An assessment team was sent the following year, which resulted in a country agreement being signed on October 3, 1994. However, the political situation was found to be too unstable for Volunteers to be sent at that time. A second assessment team visited in 1996 and, although an improvement in the political and safety situation was noted, these concerns and budget constraints resulted in a decision not to establish a presence in Cambodia. In 2004, the Ministry of Education again expressed an interest in the Peace Corps establishing a program and in 2005, officials of the Royal Government of Cambodia concurred. This time the assessment team found the administrative and security infrastructure to be sound and the opportunities for Peace Corps Volunteers to work safely and effectively had improved significantly.


Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle[edit]

Main article: Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in Cambodia

Peace Corps/Cambodia Volunteers will live with host families throughout their service. Since most high schools are at the district level, most education Volunteers live in provincial and district towns. Health centers are located at the commune or village level, so health education Volunteers will be in smaller towns. In the district towns, some homes have electricity and indoor plumbing, including toilets and cold water showers. Electricity is not available at every site. Drinking water must be boiled,filtered, or purchased. Other basic amenities such as soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, lotion, stationery, sodas, and instant coffee should be available in provincial or district centers.


Training[edit]

Main article: Training in Cambodia

Peace Corps/Cambodia’s training program is community-based and will prepare you to live and work safely and productively at your site for the first three to six months. In this training model, four or five trainees will live and study in villages located near a central hub site in a larger town. Most language, cross-cultural and technical sessions and activities will occur in the training village. Throughout pre-service training, you will occasionally go to the hub site, where you will study with the larger group for one or two days. You will live with a Cambodian host family in your training village, which will help you learn about and adjust to Khmer culture and practice your Khmer language skills. You will also take part in various cultural activities and excursions, as well as visit your future permanent site.

Health Care and Safety[edit]

Main article: Health care and safety in Cambodia

The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative, approach to disease. The Peace Corps in Cambodia maintains a clinic with a full-time medical officer, who takes care of Volunteers’ primary health care needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Cambodia at local hospitals. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to an American-standard medical facility in the region or to the United States.

Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues[edit]

Main article: Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Cambodia

In fulfilling its mandate to share the face of America with host countries, the Peace Corps is making special efforts to see that all of America’s richness is reflected in the Volunteer corps. More Americans of color are serving in today’s Peace Corps than at any time in recent years. Differences in race, ethnic background, age, religion, and sexual orientation are expected and welcomed among our Volunteers. Part of the Peace Corps’ mission is to help dispel any notion that Americans are all of one origin or race and to establish that each of us is as thoroughly American as the other despite our many differences.

Our diversity helps us accomplish that goal. In other ways, however, it poses challenges. In Cambodia, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyle, background, and beliefs are judged in a cultural context very different from their own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Cambodia.

Outside of Cambodia’s capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What people view as typical American behavior or norms may be a misconception, such as the belief that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Cambodia are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.

To ease the transition and adapt to life in Cambodia, you may need to make some temporary, yet fundamental compromises in how you present yourself as an American and as an individual. For example, female trainees and Volunteers may not be able to exercise the independence available to them in the United States; political discussions need to be handled with great care; and some of your personal beliefs may best remain undisclosed. You will need to develop techniques and personal strategies for coping with these and other limitations. The Peace Corps staff will lead diversity and sensitivity discussions during pre-service training and will be on call to provide support, but the challenge ultimately will be your own.

Frequently Asked Questions[edit]

Main article: FAQs about Peace Corps in Cambodia

  • How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Cambodia?
  • What is the electric current in Cambodia?
  • How much money should I bring?
  • When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
  • Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
  • Do I need an international driver’s license?
  • What should I bring as gifts for Cambodian friends and my host family?
  • Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
  • How can my family contact me in an emergency?


Packing List[edit]

Main article: Packing list for Cambodia

There are very few important items that you cannot find in the markets of Phnom Penh. The things that are really hard to find are often things that are commonly available (like clothes and shoes), but that are only available in small sizes that will fit Cambodian people.

Peace Corps News[edit]

Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by country of service or your home state

The following is automatic RSS feed of Peace Corps news for this country.
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PEACE CORPS JOURNALS
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Country Fund[edit]

Contributions to the Cambodia Country Fund will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Cambodia. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.


See also[edit]

External links[edit]