First Peace Corps Volunteers to Serve in Cambodia
Peace Corps is launching its program in Cambodia with an English as a foreign language project. Volunteers will teach English at the upper secondary level and support teachers in Cambodian provinces and districts to improve their English language and English teaching skills. The scope of the Volunteers’ work, however, will not be limited to classroom teaching. Volunteers will also collaborate with community groups and individuals to develop sustainable community activities to enhance the quality of life for Cambodians in the communities where they serve. "We are excited to begin this historic new program for the Peace Corps in Cambodia," said Peace Corps Director Ron Tschetter. “The Cambodian people have extended their warm invitation, and we look forward to working with them. We are enthusiastic about this opportunity to build lasting friendships and a mutual understanding with the people of Cambodia.” Read more.
Emi Caitlin Ishigooka is among first Peace Corps volunteers to be assigned to Cambodia
Ishigooka is one of 30 volunteers who will leave for Phnom Penh Jan. 31. After three months of training in Cambodia's capitol, the volunteers will disperse to rural areas. Like Ishigooka, they will teach English as a second language to high school-aged children. To prepare for her assignment, Ishigooka has been spending the last three weeks receiving Khmer language lessons from Nanh Toun. On a Wednesday afternoon, Ishigooka and Toun sit together in Toun's upstairs apartment on 17th Street near Poly High. On a couch beneath a picture of the Angkor Wat temple complex taped to the wall, Toun and Ishigooka work through the Khmer alphabet from a first-grade level book. Toun patiently guides Ishigooka through subtle sound variations in the Khmer language. Occasionally, he gives her phrases and tips for conversation that she jots down in a notebook. Read more.
From 2004: Peru RPCV John McAuliff, Executive Director of the Fund for Reconciliation and Development, hosts reception for Her Excellency Mme. SUN Saphoeun, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Kingdom of Cambodia
"At the outset, I wish to take this opportunity to thank the Fund for Reconciliation and Development (FRD), in particular Mr. John McAuliff, for organizing this regular meeting as well as for inviting the Cambodian delegation to take part in this important event. Every year, on the sideline of the UN General Assembly meeting, the Fund for Reconciliation has been constantly organizing this particular forum as an important venue for exchanging views and updating information on the latest development in countries, such as the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam." Read more.