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The Story of Journeys Within Our Community (JWOC)

by Surya Narayan
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Young people aged 15 to 30 account for roughly a third of Cambodia’s population. This group is the future of Cambodia and can bring a positive change to the country if given skills support.

Journey within our Community (JWOC) works with youth by collaborating and investing in their education, bridging the gap and supporting them in accomplishing goals.

The Story of Journeys Within Our Community (JWOC)

Brandon and Andrea Ross, founders of JWOC, moved to Cambodia from the United States in 2005 with a dream of starting a boutique hotel. While setting up the boutique They realised the Skill gap and moved to working as an intermediary after observing the population’s needs and travelers’ desire to help. They’ve discovered that focusing on education is the most effective way to help Cambodian youth enhance their future and become community leaders. 

With their continuous effort and support from the likeminded partners, today JWOC is happy to be at the forefront of youth issues in Siem Reap. With over 15 years of experience JWOC has evolved to be one of the sought-after organizations among the Cambodian youth who seek educational support, Skill enhancement and career guidance. 


1. Scholarship Program
With the help of donors, JWOC awards university scholarships to Cambodian students who have a desire to pursue further education.
Hundreds of students have graduated from JWOC’s Scholarship program since its inception. These students have gone on to do incredible things, forming the JWOC ‘ripple effect,’ in which one young person improves the lives of many others. 

2.      Better Futures Program
The Better Futures Program at JWOC strives to improve the quality of education for local high school students. JWOC offers classes, workshops, and projects to complement their state-school studies, allowing them to make smart decisions about their post-school options, such as employment, vocational training, or university.

3.      Youth Leadership Project
JWOC enhances young people’s leadership capabilities by assisting them in becoming community-engaged youth leaders.
Their goal is to create a platform for innovative ideas, allowing young people to turn their ideas into practical social impact projects and guaranteeing that their talent benefits their community and the world at large.

Your support helps JWOC to invest in shaping the future of Cambodia. By providing Cambodian youth, scholarships for higher education, vocational training, skilled jobs, as well as tailored workshops to improve their language skills, digital literacy, career progression, well-being, and opportunities to develop as resilient youth leaders.

Login to support JWOC: at jwoc.info

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