November 14, 2023

Aidan Bennett (BA, ’21) Peace Corps Volunteer in Cambodia

The History department is excited to share that Aidan Bennett (BA, ’21) is currently serving with the Peace Corps in Cambodia, and has shared with us a bit about his experience.

Aidan Bennett arrived in Cambodia as a part of the first cohort of Peace Corps volunteers to serve there since the COVID pandemic began. He lives with a Cambodian host family and works at Cambodian public schools. Aidan began by working with a Cambodian counterpart to teach English as a foreign language (EFL) at a provincial teacher training center and has since worked with other Cambodian teachers to add classes including EFL at a primary school, digital literacy at the provincial teacher training center, and EFL classes for teachers at a local nonprofit school serving rural children. He has also had the opportunity to collaborate with community members to support Cambodian secondary schoolers participating in the “Volunteer for My Community” program, helping them design their projects. The most meaningful part of this, Bennett shared, was his experience getting to know his host family and participating in their daily activities and traditions.

For students interested in working with the Peace Corps, we encourage you to reach out to the Peace Corps directly, the Career Center, and also to LC Diplomat in Residence, Former United States Ambassador Niels Marquardt BA ’75.