program brought two Cambodian staff members
from the Royal University of Phnom Penh,
the only national university in Cambodia,
to the College of Staten Island to study
American language, culture and higher education.
The visitors studied at the English Language
Institute, observed classes at CSI, explored
NYC and lived in local homestays for the
These young staff members
represent the hope for the future of Cambodia,
a country devastated by poverty and genocide
under the rule of the Khmer Rouge. Today,
with the development of democratic institutions
and the attention of the international
community, "capacity building"
is dependent on the expansion and improvement
of education, at all levels.
The Center for International
Service is currently exploring collaboration
with the Royal University in which faculty
and staff from both institutions will
have opportunities to participate in on-going
exchange. These are our first international
visitors from Cambodia, where few have
the opportunity to study or travel abroad.
While at the College of
Staten Island, they will attend English
courses from the English Language Institute,
meet with various communities, and participate
in various educational, social and cultural
activities in the New York City area.
They reside with local host families and
participate in the everyday life of the
community. Coordination of activities
and support is provided by the Center
for International Service. For more information,
contact Ann Helm, Barbara Clark or Winnie
Brophy at the Center (718- 982 2100).
Ms. Nary TAO (24)
Ms. Nary Tao graduated from the Institute
of Foreign Languages in 2000 and received
a Bachelor of Education. She is currently
a lecturer of English in the English Support
Unit at the Royal University. The purpose
of her visit was to get to know about
American culture and society. Her hobbies
include reading and “surfing the
web” which is related to her job.
She likes watching movies and listening
Sumana BOUNCHAN (23)
Ms. Sumana Bounchan received her Bachelor
of Teaching English from the Institute
of Foreign Languages (IFL) in 2001. She
has been an English teacher at the English
Language Support Unit at the Royal University
since she graduated. She is currently
a Student Records Coordinator at the Unit.
While at CSI, she improved her writing
and public speaking. She loves jogging,
hiking, listening to music and reading.