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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Republic of Korea continually dispatches another 5 volunteers to work in Cambodia

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Republic of Korea dispatches another 5 volunteers to work in Cambodia upon the request from Cambodia and the effectiveness of Korea Oversea Volunteer-KOV program. The 5 volunteers will fulfill their humanitarian mission for 2 years under facilitation of KOV Program of Korea International Cooperation Agency-KOICA Cambodia Office. They arrive in Phnom Penh International Airport at nigh of 20th Dec 2013. This is the 42nd of KOV team since Cambodia and Korea makes a conclusion of agreement on this program in 2003.

Mr. Hong Soon Seung, KOV Program Manager said that This team consists of 5 volunteers and they will be officially dispatched to work in 5 different host organizations of Cambodian government in 4 target areas such: Phnom Penh, Kampot, Batambang, and Pailen. They will contribute their skill and experience such Art education, Korean Education, Science Education, Social Welfare and Librarian.

He adds that from now on, they will participate in Local Adjustment Training Program in Phnom Penh for 2 months which included conducting On the Job Training and doing home stay with local people. This program focuses on intensive Khmer language training, attaining necessary information on Cambodian’s life, and to understand socioeconomic, cultural and political situation in Cambodia. This will help them to easily adapt to their working environment in the localities during their mission.

He emphasizes that KOV Program is a humanitarian program of Republic of Korea that provides technical assistance of Korea through dispatching Korean national volunteer to 46 partner countries all over the world to share expertise, knowledge and experience to make practical contributions for socioeconomic development. This program provides not only human resources but also fulfills significant needs of host organization following conduct need assessment of volunteer. Additionally, all KOVs in Cambodia create a humanitarian team named Soksabay to directly deliver their supports such as health treatment, education and entertainment to children and people in rural area of Cambodia.

Remarkably, since 2003 more than 300 KOVs are dispatched through KOICA to work in significant fields such as Education, Health Care, and Rural Development and they achieved many remarkable outcomes and impacts. Therefore, with their skills and mission, KOICA believes that these 5 volunteers as well as the existing 67 volunteers who are actively working in Cambodia are playing important role catalysts contributing to Korea’s grant aid program and assistance for socioeconomic development​​​​ as well as enhancing mutual understanding between the two countries, Cambodia- Korea.

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