Khmer HIV / Aids NGO Alliance (KHANA)

Khmer HIV / Aids NGO Alliance (KHANA)

Khmer HIV/AIDS NGO Alliance (KHANA) was established in 1996 in Phnom Penh. KHANA functions as a linkage organisation to the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, being the largest national NGO providing HIV prevention, care and support services at the community level in Cambodia. KHANA also plays an integral role in integrated sexual and reproductive health, family planning, maternal-child health and livelihoods programs all over Cambodia.

KHANA has extensive experience in implementing projects funded by international donors including USAID, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, Australian Aid, European Commission, WFP and International HIV/AIDS Alliance. KHANA currently works with 19 NGOs as implementing partners to provide vital, high quality care and support services to over 17,000 people living with HIV/AIDS

Find out more on the KHANA website.

KHANA activities are well suited for students who have a background and/or interest in public health and education. Students who are flexible, proactive and adaptable to the dynamic working conditions in Cambodia.

Students may work on individual projects or collaborate within a wider team. Students may find subject matter challenging, as KHANA provides vital, high quality care and support services to over 17,000 people living with HIV/AIDS.

Accommodation: Typically hotel twin-share accommodation.

Activity Timing*: Winter Vacation (June - July), Session 3 (December - February)

Activity length: 4-6 weeks

PACE Units*: ARTS3000, HLTH3050, MQBS3000

*Please note: unit availability, timing and activities are dependent on partner needs and are subject to change. Not all units are offered each session.

Location and highlights 

KHANA's office is situated within a central part of Phnom Penh, within a wider NGO neighbourhood of the city. Within walking distance is great access to many coffee shops and an array of food outlets.  Phnom Penh sits at the junction of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers, with an established riverfront that is a hive of tourist activity.

The city has many historical sites that are easily accessed by tuk tuks, including the Royal Palace, Central Market, Wat Phnom, Toul Sleng and the National Museum to name a few. Spotted around the city are Buddhist temples (wats) along with an alluring and abundant cafe culture, clubs, bars and a diverse food scene to suit every budget.

Students typically have opportunity to visit KHANA’s project sites out in communities, where a deeper understanding is met with the faces of beneficiaries. Through hearing the communities' feedback, students can bring their voices and concerns back to the organization.

Previous Activities

Public HealthStudents conducted an impact analysis of KHANA’s work, specifically investigating the impact of those those living with HIV/AIDS. Students worked across updating KHANA's offical communication channels for internal and external audiences, including the local and international media, government, donors and the wider community.
Public HealthStudents supported a  research project, including documenting and designing a communication plan that KHANA could use to further enhance advocacy efforts and promote their clinical services to the Cambodian public, especially highlighting education around tuberculosis.

This decision reflects a similar decision that has been made in respect to Macquarie International student travel.

This means that all PACE International in-country activities (including student-nominated activities) in Session 1 and Winter Vacation will need to be cancelled.

Our students’ health and safety is our primary concern at PACE International.

We understand this news will be quite disappointing and some of you may have queries or concerns regarding your unit enrolment.  Please contact our teams at PACE International, or your appropriate Faculty, if you would like to discuss this further.


PACE International applications are open to all currently enrolled students at Macquarie University. To be eligible you must:

  • Have completed one session at Macquarie University
  • Be enrolled – or eligible to enrol - in a PACE unit as listed in the Partner search on the PACE International website
  • Hold a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) on or above 60* (LAWS units require a LAWS WAM of 70* or above).
  • Be assessed as suitable using the PACE International Selection Criteria

* If you do not hold the minimum required WAM you can apply for special consideration in your application form.

Please note that placements are allocated based on number of places available at the partner organisation, students’ skill set, student preferences and unit requirements. While we aim to place all eligible students, some placements are very limited, and applications will be considered competitively. Please also note that activities and partners are subject to change.

In assessing your suitability, PACE International will review all components of your application including your application form, academic transcript, CV, and referee report. We may also seek advice from your home Faculty, Student Wellbeing, and/or Macquarie International.

If your WAM is under 60 (or under 70 for LAWS), or if your transcript lists Academic Caution or Disciplinary Issues, you will need to complete a special consideration form alongside your application to provide further information.

In some cases, we may require additional information to properly consider your suitability and may invite you to either submit additional supporting documents or to attend an interview with PACE International staff.

Before I apply

  • Use the PACE International Partner Search to learn more about our opportunities
  • Receive academic advice to see how a PACE International activity will fit into your degree
  • Check you meet the eligibility requirements
  • View the PACE International information session online or visit one of our drop-in sessions
  • Read through the Application Top Tips for advice on submitting your best application
  • Review the Example Application Form to plan how you will answer application questions
  • Refer to the Ethical Volunteering Guide for more information about ethical community engagement and how PACE International works internationally.

How do I apply?

  • Submit an online application form during the key opening dates and apply through the Current Opportunities page.
  • Select your preferences for host organisations (if applicable). Please research our partner organisations before you apply.
  • Attach to your online application a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV), your academic transcript and the contact details of your referee

An automatic reference check will be sent to your referee on submission of your application. Once you have submitted your application, you will be notified via email on the outcome of your application.

Application Timing

SessionApplicationsOverseas Activity
Winter VacationFebruaryJune-July (4 weeks)
Session 2AprilSeptember (2-4 weeks)
Session 3JulyJanuary (4-12 weeks)

Activity Cost

PACE International managed activities incur an activity cost. The Activity Cost is dependent on the location, work requirements, time frame and duration of your activity. Additional costs, not included in your activity cost, are paid for directly by you. Financial support is available through grant funding.

  • Accommodation
  • Pre-departure training
  • In-country orientation
  • In-country management
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance for activity duration
  • Field trips
  • International airfares
  • Visa (where applicable)
  • National Police Checks
  • Unit tuition
  • Vaccinations (where applicable)
  • New/renewed passport (where applicable)Personal travel insurance and all related expenses for personal travel and leisure activities
  • Incidental living and travel costs (e.g laundry, transport, souvenirs)

Funding options

There are a range of funding options available to assist you with the associated costs of a PACE International activity. For more information on eligibility and application requirements see the Funding tab on the PACE International website.

Contact us

Phone: +61 2 9850 4473
Instagram: @mqpace

Make an appointment or attend a drop-in session: If you would like to speak to a PACE International staff member, please email us at

Student experiences - Phillip Anderson

What do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?

I studied a Bachelor of Human Science Majoring in Public Health: Policy and Promotion and was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to Cambodia to work for KHANA which is the leading organisation in the country which deals with HIV/AIDS.

What was your role or project at your host organisation?

During my placement, I was involved in the formulation of a communication strategy for a local clinic which was funded by KHANA, however in a few months the clinic would lose its funding and would be required to become self reliant. KHANA also provided us with a number of mini projects, ranging from the creation of case studies, reports about other KHANA projects, this gave us the opportunity to travel to different provinces to experience these projects.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?

It’s something different, I have always enjoyed travelling and when I saw the opportunity to travel and for it to contribute to my degree it was honestly a no-brainer.

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE International activity?

Do it, it was honestly one of the best experiences and highlights of my degree, I also formed close bonds with the other university students who I travelled with, who I still am in touch with today.

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?

Working within a different culture entirely different to Australia was a crazy experience, it was incredible to be able to work alongside other people who dedicate their lives to public health. As well as this having the ability to travel over the weekend and visit Angkor Wat was also an amazing experience.

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