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4 weeks

This program is a 4-week summer program designed to immerse participants in overseas life and provide opportunities to interact with long-term work closely. Participants will experience ELIC classrooms through serving as teaching assistants in long-term teachers’ university classrooms. They will engage in CR through facilitating English conversation clubs at our long-term universities and hosting an English cultural exchange event. And they will learn about Cambodian culture through studying Khmer in group lessons and with student language partners and visits to cultural and historical sites.

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4 weeks in Phnom Penh

What country is this new Short-Term Program in?

Cambodia

What city in Cambodia?

Phnom Penh

Describe this new Short-Term Program in four sentences or less.

This is a four-week summer program designed to immerse participants in overseas life and provide opportunities to interact with long-term work closely. Participants will experience ELIC classrooms through serving as teaching assistants in long-term teachers’ university classrooms. They will engage in CR through facilitating English conversation clubs at our long-term universities and hosting an English cultural exchange event. And they will learn about Cambodian culture through studying Khmer in group lessons and with student language partners and visits to cultural and historical sites.

Does this program involve partnership with an organization outside of ELIC?

No

Describe weekly schedule and hours breakdown for this program.

The program will include daily commitments of one to three hours either in a classroom at the university, facilitating a conversation club, or studying language. These times will usually be in the morning between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Afternoons will vary between cultural learning, meeting with student language partners, and opportunities for CR. Some weeknights will be free, and others will be team times or chances to spend time with the long-term team. Some weekends will be free and others will be spent traveling to historical or culturally significant sites in Cambodia.

Will there be outside the classroom activities for this program?

Yes.

Language study through group classes and language partners, hosting an English cultural exchange event, outtings for participants to get to know Khmer students from our long-term classrooms.

What cultural outings will volunteers get to experience in Cambodia?

Volunteers will visit Angkor Wat, Phare Circus, Toul Sleng, and the Killing Fields.

How many students will each teacher have? How many different classes?

Participants will not have their own classrooms. They will serve as teaching assistants for two classes (five to six hours each week) and facilitate a weekly two-hour conversation club of three to ten students.

How much classroom prep time is required/expected each week?

Volunteers will spend about fifteen minutes of prep time for the conversation club each week.

What is the student demographic in this program?

The students in this program are 18-25 year old Khmer university students from various economic backgrounds.

Please describe the CR opportunities for this program in two sentences or less.

CR opportunities for this program are mainly with Khmer university students ages 18-25 through scheduled structured opportunities for deeper topics in the program and personal free-time relationship building or joining in with long-term teachers’ plans and activities with students.

What is the ideal team size?

The ideal team size is six to seven if there are eight-week participants or ten if there are not any eight-week participants.

What is the minimum team size?

The team will have at least four people.

What are the bare minimum degree requirements needed by a volunteer in this role?

Volunteers must have a high-school diploma.

What are the ideal degree requirements needed by a volunteer in this role?

Volunteers with high-school diplomas who are current undergraduate students will fit this program well.

Can undergraduate students volunteer for this program?

Yes

What does food and housing look like for this program?

Food will mostly be eating out at a variety of local restaurants, housing will be hotel rooms with a roommate.

What does in-country training look like for this program?

In-country training for this program will be approximately three days focused on team building, expectations, daily life tips and tricks, safety, language, Cambodian culture, and CR strategies specific to Cambodia.

What does in-country debriefing look like for this program?

In-country debriefing for this program is usually a two-day process consisting of personal processing time through a debrief focused HOPE, group sessions as a team celebrating and processing the program, re-entry training and discussion, and a time of lifting and encouragement for each participant.

How does this program help sustain ELIC's existing long-term work?

This program sustains existing long-term work by bringing in the short-term team to directly support long-term work. Most relationships built by short-termers will be with students of long-term teachers and short-termers will pour into and boost our existing outlets for connection with students.

Beyond program leaders, will volunteers interact with long-term ELIC teachers during this program?

Yes.

Both professionally as teaching assistants for long-term teachers and casually through team events, shared meals, and touchpoints in daily life, like working at cafes together.

What is the length of this program? What are the estimated dates?

This is a Four-week program from June 22, 2022-July 24, 2022.