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Partner Organization:  Maryknoll Mekong Missions of Maryknoll Priests & Brothers, Sisters, and Lay Missioners in Cambodia

Location:  Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Number of Students:  2 students

Dates:  Site determines dates. Anticipate departure soon after final exams, the week of May 14, 2018.

Participation Requirements:

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement:  None but openness to learning some Khmer is important.
  • Gender Requirement:  None
  • Required Experience:  None
  • Major Requirement:  None
  • Student Minimum Age:  Students in their sophomore or preferably junior year.
  • Special Requirements:  Students with experience teaching or tutoring English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and working with children/child care is beneficial. 
  • Other:  Students are expected to participate in the prayer and community life of the Maryknoll community by attending weekly community gatherings.

Special Training Required Prior to Summer Deployment:  (The following sessions and workshops will be organized and provided by the ISSLP during the Spring semester. Additional training sessions may be added as needed.)

  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Training
  • Teaching and Working with Children Workshop
  • Maryknoll Orientation
  • Self-Defense Session

Site Description:  

See the Maryknoll website:

Maryknoll is a name that is shared by three independent Roman Catholic entities (Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll Priests and Brothers) who share a common history and whose joint focus is on the overseas mission outreach activity of the Catholic Church in the U.S.  Throughout its nearly one-hundred year old history, Maryknoll has served throughout the world providing a Catholic presence of social justice to the poorest of the poor.  Maryknoll's headquarters are located in the Ossining, Westchester County, New York and also houses Maryknoll Magazine, which describes the work of Maryknoll around the world, and Orbis Books publishing company.

Maryknoll lay missioners provide ministries in health care, education, civil and human rights advocacy, pastoral ministry, and sustainable development to the poor in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.  Maryknoll lay missioners often work alongside and in tandem with the Maryknoll Sisters and the Maryknoll Priests and Brothers.

Students will be involved with the work of the Maryknoll community of Priests & Brothers, Sisters, and Lay Missioners in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  Maryknoll works with many organizations across the city and in outlying areas.  Students have the opportunity to experience and learn from this variety.  Cambodia is a beautiful and fascinating country.  Cambodia today still faces the legacy of the Khmer Rouge 1970 genocide.  Cambodian college students are in an elite and unique position posed for leadership in a country trying desperately to emerge from decades of war and isolation from the international community.

Scope of Work & Responsibilities:

Notice: Scope of work may have some changes based on the needs of the partner organizations at the time of student arrival.   

Students will be involved in the work of Maryknoll lay missioners in Phnom Penh at the Beoung Tum Pun Community Health & Education Project (BTP).

The Boeung Tum Pun Community Health and Education project focuses on services to extremely low-income families, many of whom have been displaced due to major construction projects or who are ethnic Vietnamese and face discrimination within Cambodia. The project runs numerous preschools and as well other education support programs for these students. At BTP students will work with a group of college student interns who serve as Education Assistants. ISSLP students will work alongside Khmer interns to prepare activities for the younger children, agest one through 12, supervise childrens’ break times, assist in the pre-schools as needed and help supervise the outings with younger children (pool trips, etc.).   ISSLP students will also provide a conversational English class to the Khmer college student interns utilizing the an English guide book provided by Maryknoll.  An ISSLP 2017 student complemented the lesson by integrating thought provoking and critical thinking talking points and questions. The placement at BTP is a good fit for any student and especially those with an interest in education.

In addition to a full-time service placement, students are encouraged to visit other projects where Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Sisters, and Fathers serve. They will be welcomed by a large and diverse group of Maryknollers serving as a part of the Cambodia Mission Team and will be able to join the group for weekly mass and community dinner.

Students will also have the opportunity to visit historical locations such as the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields, Siem Reap's Angkor Wat, and the Royal Palace. Over one weekend, their site supervisor will accompany them on an immersion in rural Cambodia to gain greater understanding of an average Khmer person’s lived reality.

Housing & Lodging Information:

In past years, Maryknoll has arranged to rent a house or apartment for students located near the Maryknoll Center House or near other Maryknoll entities.  Students may also be placed with the Marist Brothers, a Maryknoll partner close to the Seedling of Hope office.  Students arrange for their own meals and once a week gather with the Maryknollers for community night, Mass, and dinner.  Running water, phone, and electricity are available but there are occasional electrical shortages.  Internet is available at the Maryknoll Center House or at internet cafes.  This site could accommodate a vegetarian diet.

For More Information

Maryknoll Website:

Former ISSLP Participants:

Jeremy Cappello Lee ‘18, (ISSLP 2016) 
Olivia Donnelly’19, (ISSLP 2017)

Notice: Certain sites may be canceled and other sites added at any point during the selection and orientation process.