The South Korean government has sent 577 volunteers to Cambodia since 2003 in order to share their expertise in education, health and rural development projects.
A statement issued yesterday by the Korean International Cooperation Agency said 84 volunteers were currently working in 16 different provinces.
The agency last week held a meeting in Phnom Penh to help improve policy, strategy and regulations related to the volunteer programme.
Education Ministry secretary of state Kim Sethany said South Korean volunteers had made a great contribution to the country’s development.
“We hope that the number of Korean volunteers will increase next year to contribute further to the development of all sectors in Cambodia,” she said.
She added that 58 percent of South Korean volunteers worked in the education sector, teaching language, computer skills, art, music, sport and health awareness.
Korean International Cooperation Agency country director Jeong Yun-gil said the main purpose of sending volunteers was to allow them to share their knowledge, expertise and experience with the people of partner countries.
“I think that the volunteers come to understand the difficulties and the joys of the Cambodian people, even though Korea and Cambodia are different nations, we live on earth as a single family,” he said.