The Youthlinc Service Year has been going to Cambodia since the summer of 2011. Since that time, we have developed wonderful in country partnerships that allow for high touch, high impact, and high-quality experiences for our teams.
We have an incredible partnership with a local NGO called Sustainable Cambodia based out of Pursat, Cambodia. Sustainable Cambodia is an amazing organization dedicated to helping rural Cambodian villages achieve sustainability and self-sufficiency through infrastructure support, strong education initiatives, and professional training/development programs.
The need in Cambodia directly relates to the countries not so distant past. In the mid-late 70’s Cambodia fell under the power of the Khmer Rouge, a communist regime lead by Pol Pot. During the 4-year time period that the Khmer Rouge was in power they enacted a horrific genocide, killing between 1.5-3 million people, approximately 25% of the entire population of Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge left Cambodia in ashes nearly destroying their infrastructure. The Cambodian people are forgiving and resilient and have been working to rebuilding their country since that time.
The Youthlinc team’s also have some fun! You will be able to visit the beautiful Angkor Wat (a World Heritage site from the 12th century), go on a hike to a waterfall, and enjoy the local markets for some shopping.
Read the details about our 2019 Team Projects
Polin has been involved in working with Sustainable Cambodia (SC) since 2003. He was moving into various positions with SC from Computer Teacher, Database and IT administer, Assistant of National Coordinator, Director of Quality Assurance and International Communication, and finally become Executive Director at SC from the year 2016.
He has been assigned as in-country coordinator from Cambodia to assist Youthlinc Team Project from 2012.
He received his first Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 2011 at the University of Management and Economic. In 2015, he received another Master’s Degree in Rural Development and Project Management at the Build Bright University.
He is married with two children, a boy, and a girl.
Megan got involved with Youthlinc as a student with the 2012 Peru team. Since then she has been on 4 trips as an Alum Leader, Assistant Team Leader, Mentor, and participant in the Global Community Leadership program. This is her first time as Team Leader. She loves Youthlinc’s mission of creating lifetime humanitarians and the amazing opportunities service brings.
Megan graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Psychology. She is currently an MBA student at Western Governors University. In her free time she likes playing guitar, riding her motorcycle, and going to Taylor Swift concerts.
Hi! I’m Deryl (Dee) Shumway! I love Youthlinc with all my heart. I’ve served on Guatemala 2017 and as an alum leader in Madagascar 2018! I’m from little ole Blanding down at the bottom south east corner of Utah. I’m currently a Sophomore as a Business Administration and Math Education Major at Utah State up in Logan! Go Aggies!
I now am the ATL on the Cambodia 2020 team! I’m super excited for this opportunity and can’t wait to get to know my team! It’s going to be a great time! A fun fact about me is that I really enjoy baking (so join my team and you’ll probably get some treats occasionally)!