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7 weeks

This program is a 7-week version of our summer program, filled with many of the same activities and offered for students who need a longer program for internship requirements or desire a longer experience. In addition to the activities listed for our summer program, these participants will lead academic workshops at universities on topics such as test prep and lead leadership studies for university students.

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7 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 4 sentences or less.

This program is an eight-week version of our summer program, filled with many of the same activities and offered for students who need a longer program for internship requirements. In addition to the activities listed for our summer program, these participants will lead academic workshops at universities on topics such as test prep and lead leadership studies for university students.

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 15 min each week in preparation for the conversation club.

What is the student demographic in this program?

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 three to four people.

What is the minimum team size?

There will be at least two people on this team.

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

A high-school diploma is required for this role.

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

Someone with a high-school diploma who is currently an undergrad student would be ideal for this program.

Can undergraduate students volunteer for this program?

Yes

What does food and housing look like for this program?

Option 1: Food will mostly be eating out at a variety of local restaurants, housing will be hotel rooms with a roommate.

Option 2: Participants will be housed in centrally located apartments with roommates and able to cook at home or eat out at a variety of local restaurants.

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 an eight-week program from May 27, 2022-July 24, 2022.