IPSL: Cambodia - Peace and Renewal and Sustainable, Ethical Tourism

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  • Location(s): Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Volunteer, Gap Year, Research


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The IPSL Global Institute at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM.edu) has designed and delivered international programs focusing on experiential learning, ethical service & engaged research for close to 40 years. IPSL programs combine credit-bearing coursework, ethical volunteer service and advocacy research opportunities abroad to provide a meaningful and impactful study abroad experience. Like IPSL, NUNM has been focused on educating, serving and supporting the development of healthy communities for many decades! 

Learn from, serve with and live alongside Cambodian people in IPSL’s program in Siem Reap. This program honors Cambodia's rich, fascinating and turbulent history, while also considering current challenges and looking toward the vibrant future that the Kingdom's young people are busy creating. The country has a wealth of diversity and ethnic minority groups including: Vietnamese, Chinese, Cham and many indigenous hill tribes.  

Through service-learning, you will learn about Khmer culture, indigenous peoples, the role of ancient and current spiritual practices, and contemporary social issues while addressing social and economic challenges that come with globalization, tourism and development. Your studies, volunteer service (approximately 15 hours per week) and various excursions will immerse you in the culture and deepen your understanding of Cambodian societies in a way that goes beyond that experienced in traditional study abroad programs. 
Volunteer opportunities may include:
• Education, life skills training and youth empowerment

• English language teaching and tutoring with young adults     

• Supporting environmental/conservation education programs

For the first week in Siem Reap, students stay at a centrally located local guesthouse giving them time to acclimatize and get to know the charming city. Students then move in with host families. Host families are all located in the same neighborhood and not more than a 10-15-minute bike ride to the city center. Students will have a private room and shared bath. One meal per day (usually dinner) is included and is typically eaten with the host family. Cambodian's usually eat a light breakfast "on-the-go" and lunch is taken out or you can pack a lunch. An integral part of the program, the homestay offers you the opportunity to make life-long friends, gain higher proficiency in the language, and experience the culture from "the inside." All IPSL host families are carefully selected and experienced with hosting students. Living with local residents is part of the immersion experience. Instead of being a tourist, an IPSL student gets to know what it's like to be part of a different culture.
Excursions may include:
Angkor Wat: the greatest attraction in Cambodia and one of the most spectacular spiritual sites on earth, The Angkor Archaeological Park is a vast complex scattered with hundreds of ancient temples, including several former capital cities of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century AD. These include the famous Angkor Wat, the world’s largest single religious monument, the Bayon temple (at Angkor Thom) with its multitude of massive stone faces and Ta Prohm, a Buddhist temple ruin entwined with towering trees.

Tonlé Sap: the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia is of major importance to Cambodia. The lake expands and shrinks dramatically with the seasons. Tonlé Sap is home to many floating and / or silted communities, large portions of which are populated by Vietnamese or other ethic minority groups.  

IPSL engages students, educators, and grassroots organizations around the world in hands-on service to promote equitable relationships, social justice, sustainable change, and a commitment to our shared humanity. 

IPSL, the founder of Service-Learning, is a global education institute within the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM.edu). They invest over 83% of our revenues directly back into the communities where they serve.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Gap Year
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Custom
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Southeast Asian Studies
  • Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution
  • Khmer/Cambodian Language, Literature
  • History
  • Global Studies
  • Genocide, Holocaust Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Diversity Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Area, Ethnic and Group Studies
  • Ancient Civilization
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