Empowering Youth in Phnom Penh

After the genocide, the structure of many families disintegrated, leaving young people without role models. The psychological trauma of war persisted between generations and eroded long held cultural values of family and community. Consequently, problems such as selling children for sex became more tolerated. FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS provides opportunities for Cambodian youth to tell their own stories and to utilize the filmmaking process as a catalyst for healing the historical wounds of war.

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Program Overview

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS places experienced filmmakers and arts educators in the city of Phnom Penh. Participants teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology directly to Cambodia youth in close collaboration with experienced conflict counselors at Children for Change Cambodia. Filmmakers are provided curriculum, equipment, airfare, housing, and food for 1 full year. 
FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS works closely with Children for Change Cambodia and the FutureSense Foundation to teach filmmaking to students of various ages. Additionally, participants work closely with partner staff to provide opportunities for student empowerment and creativity as a means of further developing Cambodian youth’s ability to tell their own stories, process the events of the past, and inspire a brighter future for themselves and their communities.  

Volunteers in the Cambodia program must:

  • Be a native or native-level English speaker
  • Have a bachelor’s degree
  • Have a documented interest in working with vulnerable populations
  • Have at least 2 years of film-related and/or teaching experience
  • Be highly flexible, mature, and have a genuine interest in teaching

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS has a rolling admissions process for all of our programs. However, we strongly encourage you to apply as early as possible to strengthen your chances of acceptance into your chosen program. All application materials including your personal statement, resume, references, transcripts and interviews must be submitted by the application deadline.

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Host Organizations

The CCC center is a non-profit organization situated in the middle of one of Phnom Penh’s poorest red light districts, between the communities of Sensok Lake and Troloup Buy. FWB applicants should pay special consideration to CCC’s efforts to work with victims of abuse and should demonstrate a documented interest in working with vulnerable populations.    

Travel & Housing

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS and its partners cover the cost of flights and housing for one full year. Participants will be provided with round-trip airfare to their destination city. Participants will live together in apartments or houses.

Living & Teaching in Cambodia

FWB participants teach Cambodian students in collaboration with CCC’s community and youth development projects.

Dates & Deadlines

  • Program Dates: October 2017 – September 2018
  • Priority Application Deadline: June 15th, 2017
  • Final Application Deadline: July 15th, 2017
  • Additional Timetables

Health & Safety

Our number one priority is the health and safety of participating filmmakers. In-country orientation includes discussion of health and safety issues and practical information to enable participants to stay safe and well. Throughout the year, the Field Director and your host community will serve as a support system for you as you navigate a new country. Although most of the countries where FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS works do not have medical facilities comparable to those in the United States, we avoid placing volunteers at sites that do not have access to adequate medical care. All volunteers are required to secure independent emergency medical evacuation insurance. 

Financial Details

The Cambodia Program is fully funded. FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS and its partner organizations cover the total cost of flights, housing, and food.  However, participants are required to submit a fully-refundable $1000 deposit that will be returned to them upon completion of their 1 year contract.

Ready to utilize the filmmaking process to empower Cambodian youth ?  Apply Now!