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South Korea Dispatches 13 New Volunteers to Cambodia

1553323_992567787426387_1164005904724347470_oThe Republic of Korea dispatched 13 more volunteers to the Kingdom of Cambodia to work for socioeconomic development here under the Korea Oversea Volunteer (KOV) Program. At the request of the Cambodian government, the volunteers will spend 2 years in various provinces across Cambodia to achieve humanitarian mission, supervised by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Cambodia Office. The group that arrived at the Phnom Penh International Airport on the night of November 7th, 2014, marks the 45th batch of KOV group since the agreement between Cambodia and Korea on this program in 2003.

According to Mr. Hong Soon Seung, KOV Program Manager at KOICA Cambodia Office, the 13 volunteers will be officially dispatched to work in 9 different host organizations of the Cambodian government in 13 target areas such as Pailin, Pursat, Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Siem Reap, Stung Treng, Prey Veng, and Svay Rieng Province. They will contribute their skills and experience as teachers of General Physical, , Health Care, Arts, Computer, and Computer Designer in schools and Regional Polytechnic under the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

The volunteers will first participate in Adjustment Training Program in Phnom Penh for 2 months, which includes On the Job Training (OJT) and homestay with local people. This program also focuses on intensive Khmer language training, basic immersion in Cambodian way of life, and understanding socioeconomic, cultural and political situations in Cambodia. This is aimed at helping the volunteers to better adapt to their environment during their mission.

Mr. Hong Soon Seung emphasizes that KOV Program promotes human resources development and transfer of advanced knowledge through provision of technical assistance with deployment volunteers to live and work together with local communities in Cambodia. KOVs program covers a variety of fields such as technical education and vocational training, rural development, and public health. Korean volunteers are dispatched to a total of 46 partnership countries all over the world to share expertise, knowledge and experience to make practical contributions for socioeconomic development. KOV program is aimed at meeting the needs of host organizations collected by a need assessment.

Since 2003, the Korean government dispatched a total of 414 volunteers through KOICA to work in Cambodia in the fields such as Education, Health Care, and Rural Development. Current schemes for volunteers include General volunteer, Senior volunteer, International Cooperation doctor, and The Dream Volunteer. A total of 57 volunteers are actively working in Cambodia at the moment. Additionally, all KOVs in Cambodia have joined forces to create their own weekend volunteers group titled “Soksabay” Team. The Team organizes activities to directly deliver their support for healthcare, education and cultural programs to children and people in selected rural areas of Cambodia.

With their skills and mission, the new 13 volunteers as well as the existing volunteers are expected to play an important role in contributing to the purpose of Korea’s grant aid programs and assistance: socioeconomic development in Cambodia. They will also enhance mutual understanding between the two countries of Cambodia and Korea.

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