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  • Location: Cambodia: Phnom Penh, Chi Phat, Sambor Region, Siem Reap, Angkor Wat
  • Standard Length: 21 Days: Tentative travel dates are June 10 - June 30, 2011.
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American Youth Leadership Program with Cambodia

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A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Youth Programs Division, managed by Global Explorers.

A fully-funded cross-cultural exchange program for individual students and educators.


Monks stroll by clad in saffron-colored robes. Jungle temple ruins tell the story of a magnificent bygone era. Signs of the elusive and endangered Indochinese tiger send us searching further into the forest. Aromas of delicate curry, steamed fish and rice waft to your nose. We are definitely on a different continent, in a different world. Cambodia is a cultural, environmental and sensory delight sure to reward the intrepid traveler. The country’s charms are only beginning to be rediscovered by the Western world. While many travelers have discovered some of the more famous Angkor temples, there are plenty of opportunities to feel like Indiana Jones in some lesser-known jungle temples. Ecotourism in Cambodia is in its infancy and we have the chance to discover, and help protect, pristine wildlife with relative tranquility. With sun bears, gibbons, elephants, tigers and more calling Cambodia home, there is significant diversity to discover. This program shows us the heart of a vibrant and resilient culture, illuminates conservation efforts and climate change issues, and highlights the connections between all of humanity. We learn about ourselves as leaders and discover more than we could ever dream.

This exciting cross-cultural exchange program, funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Youth Programs Division, will bring together students of diverse backgrounds from across the United States for a once in a lifetime 18-day expedition to Cambodia in June 2011. In addition to the international expedition, participants join conference calls and webinars prior to travel, attend a retreat in Washington, DC immediately prior to departure and engage in follow-up conversations upon their return. The fun and engaging educational content emphasizes responsible global citizenship as students explore the complexity and interconnectedness within our world and emerge as self-aware servant leaders who strive to make the world a more sustainable place now and for generations to come.

Tentative travel dates are set for June 10 – June 30, 2011.

Program Overview



In addition to full scholarship funding from the U.S. Department of State, this program is also supported by our partners at the AFAR Foundation, the philanthropic affiliate of AFAR Media. The AFAR Foundation provides funding for our Learning AFAR Programs, and will strengthen this program by providing staff for the preparatory retreat who will teach participants valuable career and journalism skills. Learning AFAR is designed to promote cross cultural exchange by sponsoring international travel for students who cannot otherwise afford to experience another part of the world.

Location Information

Not familiar with Cambodia? We encourage you to discover more through these online resources:

: Learn about Secretary Clinton's recent visit to Cambodia and much more!

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: Learn about the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Youth Programs Division, and the launch of the American Youth Leadership Program.

Exploring Cambodia’s Lost Temples with NPR and On Point Radio: A great NPR story about Khmer history featuring John Burgess of the Washington Post.

Lonely Planet Cambodia: A brief overview of Cambodia by Lonely Planet Travel Guides.

Tonle Sap: The Flowing Heart of Cambodia with NPR: A radio expedition to the Tonle Sap River to learn about conservation issues.

Afar Media: Learn more about our partners at Afar Media, whose generous support strengthens this program. The Afar Foundation is donating staff time to our pre-travel retreat to help train students in journalism skills. In addition, Afar is helping us spread the word about this program by contributing ad space in Afar Magazine and sending a journalist on the expedition to document the experience.