Nineteen Secondary 3 Express and Normal Academic students and five teachers, Mr Steven Wong, Mrs Elaine John, Mr Bryan Oei, Mr Khor Eng Hwee and Ms Chee Foo Lan, went on a 6-day Humanities Educational and Service Learning Trip to Cambodia from 4 June to 9 June 2011.
The highlights of the trip included a visit to an orphanage in Phnom Penh where the group was warmly received by both the staff and children there. They were treated to an hour of interesting cultural performances by the orphans. At the end of the performances, the group distributed stationery, rice and daily necessities to the orphans as well as made a donation to the Director of the orphanage. The group also visited the famous historical and cultural sites of the Angkor Wat Temple, the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda and the Tuol Sleng Museum.
Besides the historical aspects, the group had the opportunity to see rice fields, other geographical landforms like the Mekong River and Tonle Sap River as well as stay in a Khmer Village at Kampong Thom where they took an exciting ox-cart ride to watch the sunset The final leg of the trip was a visit to a local school in Siem Reap where the group was given the opportunity to perform service learning activities of teaching English Language to the students at the local school as well as help paint a section of the wall of the school.
This 6-day educational cum service learning trip was indeed an eye-opener as well as an enriching and memorable experience for all the nineteen students as they developed closer bonds while learning more about the Cambodian way of life as well as its long and rich history and culture. The students have also displayed greater appreciation of the good life they have in Singapore after this trip.
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