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5-6 months

This program is a 5-6 month internship ideally completed in the spring semester. The focus of the program will be facilitating and participating in a 6-week Pinnacle Academy leadership course for Khmer university aged students of different backgrounds. The leadership course will be run multiple times with multiple partners in Phnom Penh and potentally other cities in Cambodia as well. In addition to leadership course responsibilities, interns will be involved in long-term CR through English conversation clubs, tutoring, and serving as teaching assistants for long-term teachers.

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5-6 months 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 a five-to-six-month internship ideally completed in the spring semester. The focus of the program will be facilitating and participating in a six-week Pinnacle Academy leadership course for Khmer university-aged students of different backgrounds. The leadership course will be run multiple times with multiple partners in Phnom Penh and potentially other cities in Cambodia as well. In addition to leadership course responsibilities, interns will be involved in long-term CR through English conversation clubs, tutoring, and serving as teaching assistants for long-term teachers. 

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

This program involves partnerships with our long-term universities and other academic institutions in Cambodia.

Describe weekly schedule and hours breakdown for this program.

The program will include daily commitments of one to three hours at the university in a classroom, 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, opportunities for CR, and preparing for/facilitating the leadership program. Some evenings in the week will be free and others will be team times. Weekends will usually be free with occasional team commitments or travel obligations for the program.

Will there be outside the classroom activities for this program?

Yes.

This program includes language study through group classes and language partners, participating in leadership studies, and events/outings for interns to get to know Khmer students from our long-term classrooms.

What cultural outings will interns get to experience in Cambodia?

Interns will visit Angkor Wat, Phare Circus, Toul Sleng, Killing Fields, and Bokor Mountain.

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

Interns will not have their own classrooms. They will serve as teaching assistants for two classes (five to six hours) a week, facilitate a weekly two-hour conversation club of three to ten students, and facilitate two-to-three-hour leadership studies one to two afternoons a week with five to ten students.

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

Prep time for the leadership study and conversation club will take about two hours 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?

Six to seven (if there are eight-week participants) / ten if there are not any eight-week participants

What is the minimum team size?

There will be at least four 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 program.

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

People with a high-school diploma who are current undergrad students are ideal for this program.

Can undergraduate students volunteer for this program?

Yes

What does food and housing look like for this program?

Participants will be housed in centrally located apartments with either another intern or long-term teammate as a roommate and be 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 four days focused on team building, expectations, daily life tips and tricks, safety, language, Cambodian culture, CR strategies specific to Cambodia, introduction and training for facilitating the leadership program, and instruction for the teaching assistant role.

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 through interns directly supporting long-term work. The interns will pour into our professional relationships with universities by running English workshops and leadership programs that long-term teams don’t have time or margin to offer and increase our ability to offer extra-curricular English opportunities to the student bodies.

How does this program help pioneer new ELIC long-term work?

This program helps open doors for new opportunities for long-term work by pioneering relationships in cities where ELIC does not currently work in Cambodia. We are hoping to pioneer relationships in at least one new city in 2022 through offering the leadership program to universities.

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 touch points in daily life like working at cafes together.

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

This is a six-month program from January to June 2022.