History of the Peace Corps in Cambodia

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History of the Peace Corps
Since 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries, more than 182,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 138 countries all over the globe.

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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.

When you arrive in Cambodia, you will enter a peaceful country that is growing rapidly. While the developmental needs are great and much of the infrastructure is still lacking, there are enough supports in place to ensure a safe and productive service.

History and Future of Peace Corps Programming in Cambodia

The first Peace Corps/Cambodia Volunteers arrived in 2007. The initial program emphasized English teaching and English teacher training, with out-of-school projects in life-skills development. In 2009, health education was introduced as a significant secondary project. With the K4 training group in 2010, a new full-time health education sector was launched. Both programs work on building the capacity of public institutions to meet the basic needs of the students/citizens using their facilities.

Sector Assignment Beg. Yr End. Yr
Education English Teacher 2007 2007
English Teacher Trainer 2007 2007
UNV United Nations Volunteer 1991 2000

See also: Cambodia