The Living Mekong: Environmental Ethics and ConservationCambodia & VietnamThe School for Field Studies program in Cambodia and Vietnam gives students an understanding of the science behind local issues in water resources, climate change, food production, land use, and biodiversity. Through research, SFS faculty and students will play a critical role in capacity-building through education, benchmarking environmental conditions, and monitoring the rapid changes to natural systems within this vibrant region.
Community reciprocity is at the heart of the SFS organizational and educational model. As an SFS student, you face the real world complexities of issues affecting our host communities. With the results of our research, we will offer data and recommendations that inform decision-makers and build relationships between SFS and the stakeholders involved in biodiversity conservation and resource management.
As at our other Centers throughout the world, SFS is a part of the social fabric of the communities in which we are hosted. SFS students get involved in community volunteer projects and social activities such as:
- Hosting community lectures or demonstrations
- Attending community festivals, pagodas, and traditional Apsara dance performances
- Tutoring or mentoring local children in English language skills or other academic subjects
- Exploring marketplaces to try unique local foods