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Program Activities in 2009

Kohsantepheap Daily   This is a newspaper article written about the ASK 2009 program by the Kohsantepheap Daily in Cambodia, on July 30, 2009. Click on the image to view a larger picture.



Day Morning Afternoon
Monday 8:00-12:00 Class
9:30-10:00 Break

2:00-3:00 Briefing. Assignment for oral interview.
3:00-5:00 Scheduled NGO site visits or other group activity.
                Hands on activities.
Tuesday 8:00-12:00 Class
9:30-10:00 Break
2:00-5:00 Optional activities: volunteer work, research activities,
                meeting with tutor or free study time.
Wednesday 8:00-12:00 Class
9:30-10:00 Break
2:00-4:00 Cultural/art activities.
4:00-6:30 Meeting with tutor or free study time.
Thursday 8:00-12:00 Class
9:30-10:00 Break
2:00-3:00 Briefing. Assignment for oral interview.
3:00-5:00 Scheduled NGO site visits or other group activity.
                Hands on activities..
Friday 8:00-12:00 Class
9:30-10:00 Break
2;00-3:00 Briefing. Sharing ideas.
3:00-4:00 Optional activities: volunteer work, research activities,
                meeting with tutor or free study time.
4:00-7:00 Khmer culinary lesson.
Saturday Field Trip: full day activity
Sunday Free day


1. Morning Activities

Module   Lesson Module   Lesson
1   The History of Phnom Penh 13   Ting Morng and Yak Chil
2   The History of Kok Dach 14   Educational System in Cambodia
3   Meal Time in Cambodia 15   Illiteracy in Cambodia
4   Mr. Sam's House 16   Education of the minor people
5   Khmer House 17   The development of the minor people
6   Traffic in Cambodia 18   Reduce the poverty of Cambodia
7   Market in Phnom Penh and Quiz 1 19   Health event in Cambodia
8   Glasses seller 20   Abuse (Human rights, ….)
9   Shelter for the minor people 21   Rape situation in Cambodia
10   Culture and belief of the minor people 22   Environment such as forest
11   Chivith Khmeng Wat 23   Economic information or the current event
12   Life in Phnom Penh 24  Trade information or the current event

Video Classes
1   Thun Chey Story
2   A Khak and A Khan Story
3   Kong Hean Story
4   Phaka Sroporn Story

Click here to view the daily and weekly schedule.


2. Afternoon Activities
On Monday and Thursday afternoons, from approximately 2:30pm to 5:00pm, participants attended prearranged visits to various organizations, institutions or sites in Phnom Penh. These site visits offered participants an opportunity to learn about the activities of various organizations operating in Cambodia, to become knowledgeable of the research facilities available in Phnom Penh, to understand various aspects of Cambodian infrastructure and society and to speak and interact with all segments of Cambodian society.

No Site Visit Location City/Province
1 Royal Palace Phnom Penh
  Complex of royal buildings and palace of the monarchy.

2 Wat Phnom Phnom Penh
  Historical temple and the site of the founding of Phnom Penh.
http://www.mot.gov.kh/presentation_detail2.php?CoID=24&CoSubID=18&sSubID=Phnom Penh&CoSubID2=202&sSubID2=Wat Phnom

3 National Library Phnom Penh
  Large research center containing a diverse collection.
http://www.mot.gov.kh/presentation_detail2.php?CoID=24&CoSubID=18&sSubID=Phnom Penh&CoSubID2=182&sSubID2=National Library

4 National Archives Phnom Penh
  The National Archives of Cambodia (NAC) is a department of the Council of Ministers. The NAC is responsible for preserving documents, created by the Government of Cambodia, which possess enduring legal and historic value.

5 Reyum Institute Phnom Penh
  Reyum is a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to Cambodian arts and culture. Reyum was founded by Ly Daravuth and Ingrid Muan (1964 - 2005) in December 1998 in order to provide a forum for research, preservation, and promotion of traditional and contemporary Cambodian arts and culture.

6 Buddhist Institute Phnom Penh
  One of Phnom Penh’s premier libraries and research institute.

7 Mith Samlanh Friends Phnom Penh

- To understand the life of the street children who live and find money as baggers.
- To know the ways of assisting them and providing them many skills of living.
- This organization sends them to school.

8 Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-CAM) Phnom Penh
  DC-Cam has two main objectives. The first is to record and preserve the history of the Khmer Rouge regime for future generations. The second is to compile and organize information that can serve as potential evidence in a legal accounting for the crimes of the Khmer Rouge.

- To understand the history of the Pol Pot regime.

9 Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) Phnom Penh
  CDRI works to produce independent, objective, high quality policy-relevant development research, to maximize its accessibility to policy makers, influencers and stakeholders, and to have it affect policy in five interrelated areas that are key for Cambodia’s sustainable development

10 Open Forum Center for Khmer Unicode Phnom Penh
  Participants learned about and received Khmer language software.

11 Cambodian HIV/AIDS Education and Care (CHEC) Phnom Penh
12 The Cham House of Emirates for Orphans

Phnom Penh


3. Weekend Activities
During the course of the program there were four weekend field trips to provincial regions outside of Phnom Penh (not counting field trips taken during the Kompong Cham and Siem Reap duration of the program). Plans for an overnight field trip to Kampot were canceled due to the need for additional academic study time. The visits included.

No Site Visit Location City/Province
1 Kaoh Dach Kandal Province
  A large island on the Mekong River approximately twenty kilometers north of Phnom Penh.

2 Phnom Chisor Takoa Province
  A religious and archeological mountain top site 40 kilometers South of Phnom Penh

3 Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeng Ek Genocide Memorial Phnom Penh
  Located in Phnom Penh and 14 kilometers South of Phnom Penh

4 The Four Rivers Phnom Penh
  A weekend boat trip through the four rivers area of Phnom Penh where the Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers meet.

5 Kampot Kampot Province
  An overnight trip to Kampot province was originally planned so that participants would learn about fishing and Cambodian coastal life. A visit to a local fishing village and to the caves and religious shrines of Kompong Trach was organized in advance but later cancelled.

6 Siem Reap Siem Reap Province
  Five days of the program were spent in Siem Reap touring the Angkor Archeological Park. Participants traveled via van to Siem Reap on Friday, July 18th and returned on Wednesday, July 23rd. The ASK Program employed a licensed guide for three days of touring. Days typically began early in the morning with a break for lunch before resuming touring until evening or late afternoon. There were also two presentations given by an expert archeologist, Ven Sophorn. Participants were not afforded much free time during the week in Siem Reap because of the intense tour schedule. In their free time, however, participants had the option to visit additional temples or sights in Siem Reap. One day was allowed for visiting the Angkor National Museum and free time. Accommodation in Siem Reap was at the Menbora Hotel. The location was moderately priced and located centrally.


In the period from June 27 to July 1, 2009, the ASK program conducted the home-stay in Kampong Tralach district, Kampong Chhnang province. All of 11 students stayed with 11 host families. In the morning, students did their small research in a group of 2 to 3 people, and then had classes in the afternoon. They also had the opportunities to eat Khmer food with their host family and visit the rural places.



No Name Category/Area of Study ASK Position School/Employer
1 Chhany Sak-Humphry
Linguistics/Foreign Language

Project Director/PI
University of Hawaii
2 Oeur Sisotha
Education & Foreign Language
ASK Field Coordinator Prof. of Khmer Literature & Culture, Royal University of Phnom Penh
3 Dr. S. Soeung Phos Education & Foreign Language Teaching Liaison for RUPP & ASK Director of Khmer Langauge Program, Royal University of Phnom Penh
4 Van, Sovathana Language & Literature ASK Professor Institute of Foreign Languages, RUPP
5 Vong, Chorvy Language & Literature ASK Professor Institute of Foreign Languages, RUPP



No Name Category/Area of Study School/Employer
1 Cahners, Jared Anthropology University of Wisconsin
2 Clark, Nina Southeast Asian History University of Hawaii
3 Fassmann, Wesley Mechanical Engineering Brigham Young University
4 Khim, Kevin History (US/Europe/Asia) California State University, Long Beach
5 Khuon, Denny Political Science California State University, Long Beach
6 Ngo, Federick International Comparative Education Stanford University
7 Nhoung, Sophanet Child Development & Family Studies California State University, Long Beach
8 Ou, Chhou Biology California State University, Long Beach
9 Tan, Vannarin Biotechnology University of Hawaii
10 Work, Courtney Anthropology Cornell University
11 Yinn, Sophany Liberal Studies California State University, Stanislaus



No Name Project Title
1 Cahners, Jared National Road 78 (NR 78) Between Banlung and the Vietnamese Border
2 Clark, Nina Land Concessions in the Capital City of Cambodia; Focusing on the Effects Within the Poor Communities
3 Fassmann, Wesley The Khmer Rouge Trials
4 Khim, Kevin Labor Migration and Education Phnom Penh, Cambodia
5 Khuon, Denny Cambodian Citizen's Attitude on Globalization
6 Ngo, Federick Cambodia's Plan for Education: A Review of the National Education Policy
7 Nhoung, Sophanet Cambodian-American Returnees: Returning to an Unfamiliar Home
8 Ou, Chhou The Effects of Poverty on Children in Cambodia
9 Tan, Vannarin Health Insurance in Cambodia
10 Work, Courtney Khmer Spirit Traditions: A Preliminary Study
11 Yinn, Sophany Teachers in the City: Phnom Penh, Cambodia




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