Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia – Immersion Program

Programs created for Individuals as well as for Organizations

Soak soabp buy chee uh tay? – Are you well and happy?

CA12_088Maryknoll Lay Missioners with these words of greeting of the Cambodian people welcome you to the ancient culture of Cambodia – its natural wonders, its people and history.

Cambodia is best known for the Angkorian temple complex, and for the genocidal regime of the Khmer Rouge. Sharing borders with Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, Cambodia conjures up images of an ancient glorious past and a rich cultural heritage. Angkor Wat, built between the 9th and 13th centuries by Khmer kings, is a UN heritage site and one of the world’s most renowned ancient temple cities, drawing hordes of tourists from around the world.

Cambodia is an agricultural country; 80% of the population lives in small towns and villages. The people are burdened with the legacy of decades of conflict, and are still struggling to recover from more than 30 years of war and unrest, including the devastation resulting from the Vietnam War and the brutal Khmer Rouge regime that followed.

Maryknoll Lay Missioners, as well as members of the broader Maryknoll Community in Cambodia, will be our hosts on this exciting trip. Since 1989, the Maryknoll community has worked with Cambodians in ministries related to health care, social services, and education.

Experiential Education:

The focus of the trip is meeting and making friends with Cambodians and learning about their culture, faith, history and about the important issues that Maryknoll Lay Missioners address through their work in the country. The specific focus areas for this trip will be Land Rights and Migration; Disability; Gender and Sex-trafficking in Cambodia. All of these focus areas will be seen through the day-to-day ministries of current Maryknoll Lay Missioners.

Requirements for any trip to Cambodia:

In order to have a great time please consider these guidelines:

  1. Doing the visits to the different ministries and enjoying tourist sites requires ability to walk, unassisted, up to 45 minutes without stopping and ability to remain standing for up to 30 minutes.
  2. Ability to climb up and down stairs – getting in and out of transportation, accommodation sites, and from airplanes without walkways.
  3. Ability to acclimate well to tropical weather.
  4. Ability to eat a variety of foods, vegetarian diets can be handled.
  5. Ability to not be severely impacted by high level of air pollution, dust and noise associated with Phnom Penh.
  6. Willingness to be different; due to physical traits such as skin complexion, language, clothing and other individual characteristics.

We look forward to welcoming you to Cambodia!