Rok Kern Learning Academy

Rok Kern's Training prepares you and your team for volunteering and short-term missions in new ways – exploring what it means to love and serve others while entering new cultures and communities with humility and respect.

Learn

To care for marginalised and vulnerable members of society and seek justice in everyday life

Celebrate

New cultures and how local people are transforming their communities

Advocate

Using your learning and skills within your communities to empower local people to serve their communities

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In 2018, Australian Modern Slavery Act of 2018 recognised orphanage tourism as contributing to orphanage recruitment – a form of human trafficking. 1.5 million people travel each year on short-term trips or to volunteer in orphanages, creating a 2.6-billion-dollar voluntourism industry. 52% of church goers in Australia and up to 15% of Australian schools financially support orphanages.

Rok Kern recognizes that people who volunteer abroad (whether that is in orphanages, or in other forms of short-term mission trips) do so with the best of intentions and a desire to care for others. Rok Kern realizes that reflecting on past experiences, learning new approaches, and changing attitudes takes time and emotional investment.

Explore Our Courses

Explore Our Courses

Leader Preparation

understanding the harm of short-term missions and volunteering

  • Avoiding the pitfalls of short-term missions
Best Practice of Short-Term Missions
  • How to create a good exposure trip

Curriculum materials

  • Training how to use our curriculum materials​

Participant Learning

How to respond to poverty

Available Online:

  • Charity and Justice
  • Paradigms of Poverty
  • Good Aids and Development
  • Ethical Communications

The cambodian context

Available Online:

  • Understanding Culture
  • History of Cambodia

Available in Person in Cambodia:

  • Cultural Learning Project​
  • Religious and Historical Sites
  • Religious and Historical Sites

Caring for vulnerable children

Available Online:

  • From Orphanage Manager to Family-Based Care Advocate: The Cambodian Context​
  • Orphanages Around the World
  • The West's Journey Away From Orphanages
  • Ethical Communications

Available in Person in Cambodia:

  • Helping Children At Risk Grow Up In A Loving Family - Part 1​
  • Helping Children At Risk Grow Up In A Loving Family - Part 2
  • Helping Children At Risk Grow Up In A Loving Family - Part 3
  • Helping Children At Risk Grow Up In A Loving Family - Part 4

Advocate

Available in Person in Cambodia:

  • What's My Passion
  • I've Learned How Grateful I Am
  • Championing a Cause

After Your Visit to Cambodia:

  • Advocacy or Fundraising Project
  • Post Trip Workbook

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Our Courses by stream

Education Stream
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Charity and Justice [ES]

 2 to 2.5 hours

Giving to charity is something we want to contribute to society to make a difference. How do we know that our giving to charity is making a difference? Sign up for this course to learn more about individual and social and systematic responses to the work of charity and justice.

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Education Stream
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Ethical Communication [ES]

 2hrs

How do we know that what we are telling people at home is with respect to the dignity of the country that we are visiting? This course will give you a better tool to re-access ourselves and snap our stories more ethically and with dignity

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Education Stream
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From Orphanage Manager to Family-Based Care Advocate: The Cambodian Context [ES]

 1 hour

Why do the forms of care for vulnerable children need to be taken into consideration before we do more harm rather than help? This course is for anyone who wishes to invest in a longer-term impact for children.

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Education Stream
History of Cambodia Course

Journey Through the History of Cambodia [ES]

 6 hours

How do we view Cambodia and its history? How does Cambodian view its history and the country itself? Sign up for this course if you want to dig deeper and This course is good for long and short termer who plan to visit this country.

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Education Stream
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Orphanages Around the World [ES]

 1 hour

Many of us have a desire to care for orphans and vulnerable children globally. We either give money to groups or volunteer by ourselves on a trip. Does it help? This course will help you to learn more about the history of the orphanage and the different approaches to problem care for orphans.

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Education Stream
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The Paradigms of Poverty [ES]

 1hr

We look at people sometimes based on their resources so as to view poverty. This course will help us to define poverty differently and how we can better respond to the work of poverty eradication.

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Education Stream
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Understanding Culture [ES]

 3 hours

Entering another culture, for sure, there will be lots of things to articulate. There are always different interpretations and understanding concepts between the high and the low cultures. This course is highly preparing you well before entering other cultures. Especially in the honor-shame culture of Cambodia.

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Missions Stream
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Charity and Justice [MS]

 3.5hrs

How do we live out our faith by word and deed? The session aims for us to go beyond the system works and approaches to ending social injustices that are caused by poverty and how the biblical approaches to poverty alleviation through Charity.

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Missions Stream
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Ethical Communication [MS]

 3.5hrs

Going on a mission trip, for sure our friends, church, and family members can wait to hear from us. This course will give us a tool to reflect on “An image tells a thousand stories” with dignity and respect as they are equally created by God.

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Missions Stream
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From Orphanage Manager to Family-Based Care Advocate: The Cambodian Context [MS]

 1hr

With the word “orphan” some of us will think of kids without parents. But in some countries, their definition is different. We are going to learn from the journal of Caleb and Courtney on their mission trips to Cambodia and the importance of family-based care.

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Missions Stream
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Good Aid and Development [MS]

 6hrs

This Good Aids and Development course will give us a different perspective on “Learning to critique Aids and Development” of how we can tell the differences that the organisation we are supporting and working with is making a positive change.

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Missions Stream
Intro to Biblical Foundations

Introduction to Biblical Foundations [MS]

 2hrs

Do we go on a mission to serve with our eyes open? This course will help us to go deeper in discussing the different forms of missions in serving the poor and how we serve them well in responding to God’s calling

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Missions Stream
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Orphanages Around the World: The Global Picture [MS]

 1hr

By obedience to the word of God, as Christian, we share love and resources to care for vulnerable children and orphans. In this course will tell us if our good intention helps or hurts the people that we are trying to serve.

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Missions Stream
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Reconciling our Global Position and the Common Good [MS]

 3 hours

Do we need a framework for reflecting on the advantages and disadvantages experienced by certain groups or identities?

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Missions Stream
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The History of Cambodia [MS]

 6hrs

Cambodia is among the oldest countries in South East Asia. What is the first word that comes to our mind when we hear about it? The journey through the history of Cambodia will help us to understand more about its history than ours.

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Missions Stream
wooden cambodian house through the treetops showing paradigms of poverty from a distance

The Paradigms of Poverty [MS]

 3hrs

Entering other cultures, there are so many things to articulate. We need to challenge ourselves to try new things, including foods, transportation, social events, and figuring out how the locals practice their beliefs. This course will prepare you well to avoid cultural shocks and learn to appreciate “How God presents himself in other cultures”.

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Missions Stream
understanding culture

Understanding Culture [MS]

 3 hours

Entering other cultures there are so many things to articulate. We need to challenge ourselves to try new things that including foods, transportation, social events and figuring out how the local practice their beliefs. This course will prepare you well to avoiding cultural shocks and learning to appreciate “How God Presents himself in other cultures”

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Training & Development
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Avoiding the Pitfalls of Short-Term Missions or Volunteering [TD]

 1 hour

Planning for a trip abroad is complicated. This course will help us to plan our trip well and avoid what is called “The common pitfalls of short-term trips”.

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