Why Cambodia?

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1.7 MILLION
people perished during the Khmer Rouge

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4 PERCENT  
of Cambodians finish high school

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1.25 DOLLARS 
a day, or less, is the average wage for 18% of Cambodians

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52% of Cambodians are 25 years old or younger.

By reaching out to underprivileged young adults, EGBOK helps them to become self-supporting – thereby breaking the cycle of poverty that exists throughout the country today. Cambodia remains one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. We utilize the economic-driver of tourism to build a qualified local workforce for the industry. In doing so, EGBOK enables young adults to pull both themselves and their families out of poverty. The effects of the genocide are still apparent today, as Cambodia continues to rebuild its economy, education system, and social institutions. The targeted victims were the educated class, thus leaving Cambodia’s population young and uneducated.

 

Why hospitality?

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LIFESTYLE

Hospitality builds confidence, leadership, and a spirit of service. The traits students develop reach across the world and beyond cultural barriers, acting as a universal language that everyone understands.

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CAREERS

Hospitality offers a wealth of rewarding, self-sustaining careers that rely on healthy work environments and positive life skills that will benefit young people both professionally and personally. 

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TOURISM

Tourism is one of the strongest drivers of world trade and prosperity. In 2013, Cambodia received 4.2 million tourists, double the number in 2008. This number is steadily and quickly increasing. 

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By providing educational and vocational training opportunities, EGBOK prepares young adults to become the next generation of hospitality managers and leaders in Cambodia.