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, TB and livelihoods programs all over Cambodia.

Find out more on the KHANA website.

Session 3 2019

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Dates: 4 January- 15 February 2020

Activity cost: $2637- $3216 approx (note: subject to change)

Cost includes: Accommodation, airport transfers, in-country orientation, insurance for the activity duration

Cost excludes: International flights, meals, daily commute costs to partner organisation, laundry, visa. Optional cultural trip to Siem Reap 3 days/2 night *$441

PACE Travel Grants available (subject to eligibility): $3000 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants or $1100 PACE Travel Grant

Number of students: Approx 2-4

*Students will have the option of participating in a 2 night/3 day trip to scenic Siem Reap & the UNESCO Angkor Wat temples during their activity. The in-country provider Buffalo Educational Tours (BET) will facilitate this trip at an additional cost to students. The cost will be dependent upon student numbers & will be paid in-country to BET.

Current opportunities

*Please note that the unit availability, timing and activities are always subject to change

UnitUnit timingActivity examples
HLTH300 or equivalentSession 1 (after activity)Work with KHANA’s Management Team and staff in profiling KHANA’s works and results that have impacted the lives of marginalized and vulnerable populations. Support communicating KHANA’s works to internal and external audiences including media, government, donors and community. Help prepare and develop key messages and responses addressing donors’ questions and concerns relating to KHANA’s works and results. Visit KHANA’s project sites and meet with beneficiaries to understand KHANA’s deeper context, hear the feedback from community and bring the voices and concerns back to the organization for further communication.
PACE360 or equivalentSession 3 (same time as activityWork with KHANA’s Management Team and staff in profiling KHANA’s works and results that have impacted the lives of marginalized and vulnerable populations. Support communicating KHANA’s works to internal and external audiences including media, government, donors and community. Help prepare and develop key messages and responses addressing donors’ questions and concerns relating to KHANA’s works and results. Visit KHANA’s project sites and meet with beneficiaries to understand KHANA’s deeper context, hear the feedback from community and bring the voices and concerns back to the organization for further communication.

Before I apply

  1. Receive academic advice to see how a PACE International activity will fit into your degree
  2. Check you meet the eligibility requirements
  3. View the PACE International information session online or visit one of our drop-in sessions
  4. Refer to the PACE International essential resources for application tips, example application form and information on ethical volunteering

Meet our alumni

Phillip Anderson, KHANA, Winter Vacation 2017

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.

Unit info

*Please note that the unit availability, timing and activities are always subject to change

UnitUnit timingOverseas activity timingActivity examples
HLTH300 or equivalentSession 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Design a communication plan that KHANA can use to further enhance their advocacy efforts and promote their clinical services to the Cambodian public especially around the area of HIV/AIDS
SSCI301 or equivalentSession 1/
Session 2 (before activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Support the project report of TB REACH Wave 5-Scale Up Project, including a visit to the project sites to observe how the project is operated
PACE360 or equivalentSession 3/
Winter Vacation (same time as activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Design a communication plan that KHANA can use to further enhance their advocacy efforts and promote their clinical services to the Cambodian public especially around the area of HIV/AIDS
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