Service in Cambodia




May 3 - June 5, 2022

Enrollment limit


Course fee


Included in course fee

All entrance fees for required course and cultural activities, lodging and travel expense within Cambodia, 3 meals/day at the Elephant Valley Project (4 days), breakfasts almost every day (one or two exceptions), occasional group dinners.

Beyond course fee

Airfare - $800
Souvenirs - $150
Food & drinks - $500
Entry and exit visas - $55

Other potential costs include any needed vaccinations.

Course Description

Learn about Cambodia as we work on service projects. Two weeks helping teach English to impoverished and vulnerable children (nonteaching options can be arranged). Four days at an elephant forest conservation project, where we help with elephant care and habitat preservation. Throughout the month, we meet people working on a variety of issues – e.g., human rights, women's rights, poverty reduction, conservation, land mine-clearing. Highlights include visits to world heritage sites from the Angkor Kingdom ("Angkor Wat") and more. Starting in Phnom Penh we see the capital’s famous sites (Royal Palace, National Museum, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the "Killing Fields"), learn some Khmer language, explore the post-colonial landscape of the city and see daily life in neighborhoods. We will also make an excursion to the Mekong River to see rare Irrawaddy dolphins.

Students who enroll must commit to full participation in a series of meetings during the Spring semester to learn necessary background information and participate in planning for our trip.

Applicable LAIs and LAFs

This course satisfies graduation requirements under both the old LAF system: Community Service Learning (CSAC) and the Cross Cultural (CC); and the new LAI system: Evaluating Self in Society (ESS), and Community Engagement and Reflection (CER).


One approved course about Cambodia (e.g., First Year Seminar "Beyond the Killing Fields," or an Individualized Study in which students do background readings to prepare for the trip).

Additional Information

Interested students should complete this online application form and the course instructor will work to schedule an interview with them.

Virtual information session: September 27th, 7 p.m. - link for session in Teams

Link to PowerPoint with more information about this course.


Lawry Finsen at elephants for UR resized3.jpgCourse Leader: Lawry Finsen