Partnership for Youth (P4Y) Cambodia 2017:
Cultural Immersion Program for Students & Teachers
This past summer the “Partnership for Youth (P4Y) Global Learning in Action: Destination Cambodia” provided high school students (in grades 9-11) and teachers from four different high schools in the U.S. with a unique opportunity to deeply experience another culture, gain new perspectives on significant global issues, and learn vital collaboration and problem-solving skills, as well as make lasting connections with local students and teachers throughout the program.
Specifically, P4Y-Cambodia immersed participants in a unique cross-cultural experience as they explored Cambodia’s rich culture and complex history, and engaged with people in contrasting locales: Cambodia’s bustling capital, Phnom Penh, and the historic city of Siem Reap, with its world-renowned Angkor temples. The program also involved a homestay with local families in the village of Preah Rumkel, situated along the Mekong River near the Laotian border. This weeklong homestay enabled participants to experience the daily life of ordinary Cambodians, teach English in the local primary school, and give back to the host community through a service-learning project focused on providing ‘running’ water for the local primary school.
P4Y-Cambodia is organized by the AsiaPacificEd Program for Schools at the East-West Center (EWC), a Honolulu-based public non-profit organization founded in 1960 by the U.S. Congress to promote better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue.
**Excerpted from AsiaPacificEd ‘Overview’: https://p4ycambodia2017.org
Click on the first slide to view the SHS PowerPoint prepared by this year’s participants: