Sixth Form visit to Cambodia & Thailand 2018
On 22nd June 2018 a group of 16 Year 12 students and 4 members of staff embarked upon the long journey across the other side of the world to Thailand and Cambodia.
After the huge success of our visit there last year, particularly the experience of teaching English to the Cambodian children and the building of 3 toilets for three families in Prey Chrouk commune, we were excited to return for the second time and undertake further volunteering work there.
This year, our students raised funds to purchase building materials whilst we were in Cambodia to build a dining shelter at My Happy Village Cambodia (MHVC), NGO school in the village of Prey Chrouk, which is approximately 40km north of Siem Reap. It was hard work, with no use or access to power tools and in the intense heat and humidity but by the end of the two weeks we were there, the shelter was completed. The children that attend the school, now have somewhere that they can eat breakfast and lunch at the school that provides protection from the hot sun or heavy downpours of rain!
Once again, as part of the experience, our students helped to teach English to Cambodian children in 2 schools. At the Savong Organisation, in Siem Reap students led the teaching in both the nursery class and the primary class. This year our students had prepared a variety of lessons and created a number of resources to help with their lessons, beforehand. At MHVC, students split their time between the building project and supporting the teachers in the classroom at the school. In addition to the teaching of English, this year we were pleased to have been able to use some of the funds we raised to purchase some ICT equipment for MHVC - 2 laptops and projector and speakers as well as some ICT electronic teaching resources that we were also able to demonstrate and teach the staff and children some basic computer coding.
Once again this trip was a fantastic experience for everyone. The volunteering work that the group undertook whilst there, was so very humbling - and the other activities enjoyed, included sight seeing visit to a landmine museum, Angkor Wat temples and a Cambodian Cooking session. The finale of the trip was once again a visit to an elephant sanctuary in Thailand, where students learned about the work at the sanctuary rescuing elephants and many other animals as well as feeding and washing the elephants.
We are already planning a return visit in 2019 with a new group of students.
To view our film of our visit in 2017 - click here