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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Jan. 22, 2014

Students invited to join study abroad trip to Cambodia

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Northwest Missouri State University will offer a 16-day faculty-led trip to Cambodia. The program, titled “Cambodia: Past and Present”, will occur June 5–20.

It will count as three academic credit hours in humanities. Dr. Elyssa Ford, assistant professor of history at Northwest, will lead the trip.

Applications for the trip can be completed through MyNorthwest, and will be accepted until Tuesday, Jan. 28. A $200 deposit will be due with the application. The estimated cost of the trip per student is $5,300, which includes: tuition, airfare, meals, accommodations, activity fees, visa fee and insurance.

Students will visit three cities in Cambodia and go to a village for a short homestay. Their time will be filled with visiting tourist sites and participating in activities.

“Something that makes this trip incredibly unique is that we will visit with a variety of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) and charitable organizations that are working in Cambodia,” Ford said. “Depending on the interest of students, we could also visit schools, orphanages and groups that are working to increase the participation of girls in sports.  And places that are providing job training to poor or homeless people and many others.”

Major themes that will be addressed during the trip include genocide, NGO actions and management, responsible tourism, the education system, past and present issues that impact Cambodia, and politics and justice.

Ford and Jeaneth Puriel, coordinator of study abroad, will lead a final information session for the trip Thursday, Jan. 23, in Room 30 Valk Center from 4-5 p.m. Students interested in the trip may also visit to view a short video about the opportunity.

For additional information, contact Ford at 660.562.1213 or or contact Puriel at 660.562.1367 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468