Cambodia Study-Service Term

Cambodia SST

Though Goshen College has had SST units in other Southeast Asian countries, Cambodia is the destination we currently offer. The country, which is the size of Oklahoma, is located on the Gulf of Thailand and shares borders with Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. Most of the country is flat except for a few highland areas including the Cardamom Mountains near the southwest border. Cambodia is also the location of the Tonle Sap, Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake.

For both the study and service portions of Study-Service Term, students live with Cambodian host families, many of whom are Buddhist. Students stay first in the capital city of Phnom Penh and later in various locations in the rural countryside.

Cambodia SSTStudy

The first six weeks of the term are spent studying at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Students practice language and culture, and learn about the history, politics and religions of Cambodia. There are also field trips to places of social and historical significance such as the Angkor ruins and the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, a former interrogation prison during the Khmer Rouge.


For the service portion of the term, most students move to the countryside. The many non-governmental organizations in Cambodia provide service possibilities including working with children, HIV/AIDS programs and rural development.

Latest Blog Posts

  • Homecoming

    Farewell to Cambodia

    April 8, 2013 - Just minutes ago, 10 Cambodia SSTers left for Goshen after a final group meal and a full group photo. Eight SSTers stayed behind for an overnight at a guesthouse and then some free-range traveling in Thailand, beginning tomorrow morning. Cambodia SSTers all returned to Phnom Penh Friday, joining Nate and Brett, whose service assignments were ... Keep reading »
  • Brett with his family, including Panya (Nana's longtime boyfriend), sister Mao, Ma (Nam Chenda), sister Nana, sister Leak, and Socheat (Mao's fiance). Brother David, 17, and Leak's boyfriend Tong are not pictured.

    Brett and Nate in Phnom Penh

    April 2, 2013 - Nate and Brett’s service assignment kept them right at home in Phnom Penh, living with their host families from the “Study” portion of SST and working with a “Get-Out-the-Vote” campaign. Cambodia’s national elections are slated for July 28. Prime Minister Hun Sen, 61, said he believes the ruling Cambodian Peoples Party will again secure two-thirds ... Keep reading »
  • Children ride in the Graber Miller tuk-tuk while waiting for school to begin.

    Maryn and Carina in Sbov

    March 29, 2013 - This week the Graber Millers visited Carina and Maryn in Sbov, a Khmer Muslim village a few minutes from Kep on the southern coast. Given the beauty of the area, the Graber Millers stayed a couple of extra days in the coastal town of Kep for a mini family vacation. Carina and Maryn also enjoy ... Keep reading »