‘Negotiate a river by following its bends, enter a country by following its customs.’Cambodian Proverb


Population: 13,329,000
Capital: Phnom Penh; pop. 1,157,000
Area: 181,035 square kilometers (69,898 square miles)
Languages: Khmer, French, English
Religion: Theravada Buddhist
Currency: Riel
Life Expectancy at birth: 56
GDP per Capita: U.S. $1,600
Literacy: 70%

*Figures from CIA World Factbook.

Lonely Planet has a good summary and list of articles that participants will find useful.

Always check SmartTraveller before traveling to see any travel warnings and pertinent information for your trip.

Articles, podcasts and videos:

These articles and other media sources provide a good insight into the specific issues associated with international development, reconciliation and human rights in Cambodia.

“Running under the surface of everything in Cambodia is the trauma of the past; a psychiatrist who refuses to be named tells of the human cost of Cambodia’s culture of silence.”

Separated by genocide, reunited by reality TV, Dateline meets the determined young TV producer finding answers the Cambodian Government struggles to about family separations.

This article is an example of how a community action approach can work to in the effort to combat institutional orphanages, common in Cambodia. 


Student Materials

Johanna Sciancalepore developed this website during her experience in Cambodia.  In it she reveals how reflection allowed her to turn her ‘Huhhh?’ moments into ‘Ahhh’ moments.