Location: Siem Reap • Cost: $3295 • Age: 16-19 • Airport: SFO

Created by: Erika Wells


OVERVIEW

Take a trip to Southeast Asia and explore Cambodia with us! Cambodia has breathtaking scenery, incredible history, and is located on the Indochinese mainland of Southeast Asia. Cambodia is bordered by Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Cambodia's landscape spans plains, the Mekong Delta, mountains, and the Gulf of Thailand Coastline. Phnom Penh, the nation's capital, is home to the Royal Palace and the art deco Central Market. 

 


COUNTRY CHALLENGES

Poverty rates in Cambodia continue to fall, however, about 13.5% of the population currently lives below the poverty line. 

In Cambodia, low education levels, high population growth, political instability and corruption, poor access to healthcare, as well as low investment continue to cause poverty in Cambodia. 

According to the World Bank Group, approximately 32% of children in Cambodia show signs of stunted growth and malnutrition, a significant barrier for health development in Cambodia. 


SIGHTSEEING

You’ll see one of the Ten Man-Made Wonders of the World, Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is the biggest religious building in the world, where you'll fall in love with the Buddhist culture. In the iconic city of Siem Reap, you’ll visit the bustling Angkor Night Market and watch a traditional Cambodian form of entertainment known as Bamboo Shadow Puppets. After visiting the city you'll travel to the jungle to explore waterfalls and zipline through the forest. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about Cambodia’s emotional history at the Killing Fields.


TEMPLE

You’ll have the opportunity to serve in the Oakland California Temple after you return back to the United States! The Oakland Temple was the second temple built in California and was dedicated in 1964 by President David O. McKay. It was then rededicated in 2019 by President Dallin H. Oaks.


CAMBODIA FACTS

About 95% of the population of Cambodia is Buddhist
Half of the population of Cambodia is younger than 15 years old and you'll find few people over 50.


Traditionally, birthdays are not celebrated in Cambodia particularly in rural areas. Some older people may not even know their exact birth date and only recognize their birthday season.


Khmer is the official language spoken in Cambodia. You say `Hi` by putting your hands together and slightly bowing while saying, `Sampeah`.

 

*Note: All info subject to final adjustment. 

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