Cambodia Educator

Learning Service

A 10-Day Seminar for Educators

9 Days

A spring intensive for administrators and educators involved in development studies education and service learning.


Mar 24 - Apr 2, 2017

Suggested Ages

All ages

Number of Participants




Begins In

200 Weeks



Estimated Flight Cost






Program Overview

From acts of genocide and brutal dictatorship to internationally championed strategies for sustainable development and peaceful democracy, few countries so clearly present the range of challenges and potential for humanity as does Cambodia. Our global education professional development course based in Cambodia allows participants to explore topics of democracy, development, and global citizenship through direct engagement with accomplished development professionals, advocates for social justice, pioneering NGOs, and visionary community leaders. Participants can expect to bring home powerful stories of these concepts in action, and concrete tools and strategies for curriculum back home. Activities include private meetings with internationally recognized development experts, conversations with young Cambodian leaders, and visits to rural communities, including a rural home-stay.

Sample Itinerary

Topics Include:

  • Sustainable Development: Visiting sites known for achievement and ignominy, and meeting with forward thinking intellectuals, grassroots aid workers, and local community leaders, we develop an understanding of the historical, cultural, and philosophical underpinnings that contextualize Cambodia’s sustainable development efforts, while exploring the complexities surrounding the mechanics of global aid.
  • Democracy in Action: From the bustling streets of Phnom Penh, lined with historical monuments, Buddhist Pagodas and peaceful cafes, to the tranquil countryside dotted with ancient temples, the Dragons professional educator program meets with warm and generous people who are devoting their lives to constructive change from the bottom up instead of a topdown approach.Service Learning or Learning to Serve?: Are some ways better than others to do “good” in the world? Daniela Papi, Founder of PEPY, an education and development organization in Siem Reap says, “We have to learn before we can help. Just like writing a great paper, we need to do our research first. Was the community service project decided because of actual needs in the community or because of the ease of integrating unskilled workers into the tasks?”
  • Global Citizenship & Leadership: We have designed a global leadership curriculum and a toolkit of activities to develop the best in our students as informed, courageous, and empathetic leaders. We are excited to share what we have learned about creating excellent global programming that lasts beyond a single service experience and beyond the tenure of a single, energetic teacher.

Local Partners Include:

  • PEPY: The organization’s founder, Daniela Papi, is a veteran Dragons instructor. PEPY’s goal is to empower the next generation of Cambodians by connecting them to the skills, systems, and inspiration necessary to achieve their goals, raise standards of living, and improve the quality of education in their communities.
  • Cambodian Rural Development Team: A local development organization working to improve the food security, incomes, and living standards of poor rural communities in support of environmental conservation in Cambodia.
  • Small World: A Cambodian-run incubator for small businesses.
  • Tonle: An ethical fashion brand supporting vulnerable women.
  • National Democratic Institute: An organization supporting oppenness and accountability in government.