City: Siem Reap
Cambodia is known worldwide for its outstanding cultural heritage, with its most notable site being Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, which is so ingrained in the national identity that it is featured on the national flag. Cambodia’s cultural heritage is not just a source of national pride; it is also a primary source of income for many Cambodians through the growing tourist industry. Siem Reap, a small town of about 250,000 people, is Cambodia’s tourist hub, and it receives more airport arrivals than the capital, Phnom Penh. Travel from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, other locations in Cambodia, or Bangkok (Thailand) is cheap and convenient.
Host Institution: APSARA National Authority
The Cambodian government-funded organization, the Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap (also known as the APSARA National Authority), is located about 10km outside the town of Siem Reap. Founded in 1995, it is in charge of research, protection, and conservation as well as the urban and tourist development of the park. As of 2016, it consisted of 15 departments and more than 500 personnel. There has been a Fellow in Siem Reap for the past 2 years who has been working to improve the presentation skills of the APSARA National Authority staff.
- The Fellow will work with Cambodian archaeologists, historians, researchers, and tourist agents who work on site.
- The Fellow will design courses to improve the professional English skills of staff working under the APSARA Authority in order to help them:
- participate and present ideas in international workshops, seminars and conferences.
- enhance tourist experiences at the Angkor Heritage Site.
- pursue their studies abroad in the U.S. or other English-speaking countries.
- share their knowledge with other colleagues belonging to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Plan, develop, budget, and deliver presentations on American culture to the English Access Microscholarship Program and American Corner in Siem Reap.
- Conduct workshops to help Access teachers enhance their teaching skills.