Known for the incomparable ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia is a country that evokes images of overgrown jungle temples, robed monks, and religious splendor. In a land known as much for the lost Angkor Empire as its modern genocide, Cambodia is a nation of stark contrasts. Amongst its natural splendors, Cambodia offers one of the world’s most poignant examples of the challenges and triumphs of the “developing world.” From the raucous streets of Phnom Penh and the misty mornings at Angkor Wat to the idyllic shores of the Gulf of Thailand, Cambodia is a land of scars, wisdom and wonder on the cusp of change everyday.
Students on the Cambodia summer program gain firsthand insight into contemporary issues through intimate engagement with regional experts and extended home-stays. Expect to live close to the ground, experiencing the realties of life for Khmer people, while engaging with those committed to improving the state of the nation.
We offer comprehensive, personal home visits so that we can answer your questions in person. One of our expert staff members will present on our program options and share stories from their own formative Where There Be Dragons program. To request a home visit in less than 2 minutes, fill out this form.
- Examine history, politics and peace & conflict studies in a country undergoing extreme transformation. Analyze orphanage tourism, human trafficking, ecological preservation, and political agency.
- Gain insight into the tenets of Theravada Buddhism and other spiritual traditions in Southeast Asia.
- Learn about human rights issues, political representation, international aid, sustainable development, foreign investment and local initiatives.
- Live with local Khmer families in Kaoh Ksach Tonlea in the middle of a tributary of the Mekong River. Experience what authentic Cambodia culture is really like.
- Embrace several opportunities for community-led service projects in your homestay. Work with Cham muslim families on a mangrove restoration project. Examine service through a critical lens.