Cambodia faces numerous environmental challenges. A lack of waste disposal and recycling systems means that waste is piled up on the streets, threatening the health of both local people and the environment. On top of this, the effects of climate change are becoming more apparent each year and threatening people's livelihoods.
Our charity the FutureSense Foundation works alongside the local community to develop and implement programs that address environmental issues. As an environment intern, you will be assisting this work. Some of the projects you could be involved in include:
Conducting research to understand the complex environmental issues in the local area.
Designing environmental interventions based on your research.
Developing workshops and education packs to teach school children and community members about environmental issues and how to address these.
Running environmental education workshops at local schools and in the broader community.
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When you arrive in Cambodia you’ll be met by our team at the airport. Over the next few days you’ll have a thorough induction and orientation where you’ll learn about Khmer culture and history, get your bearings around town, meet community partners and gain a better understanding of the context of the projects you’ll be working on.
For the rest of your internship you'll work with FutureSense Monday - Friday and the weekend will be free to do your own travelling. In the final week of your internship you will give a presentation to the FutureSense team and local community members of the projects you've been working on.
On the last day, you’ll either be transported back to the airport or you can continue on with your own travel.
Download the itinerary for a day-by-day overview of the internship
Doing an internship like this will help you gain crucial transferrable skills and boost your employability. Some of the capabilities you can expect to develop are:
Flexibility and working in an ever-changing environment.
Confidence and stepping out of your comfort zone.
Making presentations and public speaking.
Research and making comparisons.
Using theoretical frameworks to guide the practical implementation of strategies.
An understanding of environmental challenges in Cambodia and the complexities of delivering programs in a developing country.
It’s amazing to see how the playground we built and the English and STEM skills we taught can make such a visible difference in the lives of these kids and their community, but the impact these little legends had on me, with their constant smiles, resourcefulness and eagerness to learn, will change the way I tackle life foreverAndrew Mair - La Trobe University