Development FOR GOOD

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA

 

What does sustainable development look like on the ground in rural communities? What are some of the key challenges encountered, and how can they be overcome?

During this course, participants will be exposed to sustainable community development from different angles, and examine how NGOs, foreign direct investments (e.g. tourism) and the government in Cambodia are affecting the progress and sustainability of its people. Students will get to work hand in hand with local community organizations in service initiatives that empower both participants and beneficiaries alike. 

This course runs in MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, NOVEMBER and DECEMBER.

 

This course seeks to provide participants with keen insights into the nature of Cambodia’s development as a modern nation-state, with a particular focus on issues of progress and sustainability.

Participants will consider the perspectives of different stakeholders, including that of NGOs and villagers. Through comparative studies of areas with high tourist impact and those with low tourist impact, they will also understand the tensions between progress and sustainability, and evaluate the impact of development on the community.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

During the course, participants will:

  • Understand the role of a nation’s culture and history in shaping its identity in relation to other ASEAN countries through activities such as a panel with various stakeholders in Cambodia, guided learning journeys to the Angkor temples and around Siem Reap city
  • Observe first-hand the impact of government policies on the welfare of citizens through an Urban Geography trail and a Rural Geography trail
  • Carry out primary research (hydrology studies) on water quantity and quality of the water bodies in Siem Reap and understand the social issues associated with the river
  • Leave a legacy as they work hand in hand with our NGO partner in various targeted community projects
 
 

INFORMATION ON COURSE FEES ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH PARTNER SCHOOLS.

Fees typically include the following:

  • Accommodation & meals (we pick socially/ environmentally responsible choices!)
  • Transport (including flights and airport transfers)
  • Entrance fees for attractions
  • Course materials
  • Insurance cover
  • Engaging experts & 24/7 experienced facilitators
  • Contribution to beneficiaries

Your investment in our courses also enables Skillseed to further our social mission by empowering the local community through employment or job creation. It also goes towards course development (we do intensive consultations with key organisations and conduct project site visits!) and provides opportunities for course alumni to further develop their skills and passions with us or our partner organisations.

 
 

THIS COURSE IS FOR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN sustainability and developmental issues.

Participants should be at least 15 years of age, healthy, and able to speak and converse fluently in English.
They cannot have any peanut or seafood (especially fish sauce) allergies or strict vegan diet requirements.
They should not require any prescription medicine that requires constant refrigeration.

I AM INTERESTED AND I WANT TO SIGN UP

Indicate your interest here

We will let you know if we gather enough participants to run the course.

Participants with the community

Participants with the community

 

DEVELOPMENT FOR GOOD 2014: OUR PARTICIPANTS' JOURNEY!

Embarking on a 'Softies' project

Embarking on a 'Softies' project

THOUGHTS ON THE EXPERIENCE

Read what our participants from Meridian Junior College had to say about their learning on the Skillseed blog!

TESTIMONIALS

“I really appreciate Skillseed providing me a wonderful trip. Besides entertainment, I learnt a lot in many aspects, such as family interviewing, how to help poor people, and how to be a qualified volunteer.” — 陆钧慈, Dalton Academy, Affiliated High School of Peking University

 

“The best thing I have ever experienced was to communicate with the local people in the village. Because I kind of felt there [was] no barrier during the communication although we need a translator.” — 张靖晨, Dalton Academy, Affiliated High School of Peking University