As my role is predominantly fundraising, my blogs normally revolve around introducing our fundraising Friday stars. Whilst I thoroughly enjoy trying to incorporate some kind of really bad joke or pun into my short introductions, it is refreshing to be given the opportunity to write about something a little bit different.
Camps International Blog - cambodia
This year is the sixth year since CCRSS (Central Coast Rudolf Steiner School) travels with us to Cambodia for the service trip. Tara Lee and Georgie Rayner on be half of the group wrote about their experiences as below:
This is team Neak (Dragon). The below information is the extract from the students' feedback:
Traveling to Cambodia has been such an amazing experience and I am certainly geatfull for the opportunity I was given to visit. Living amongth the local community, monks and my new found friends is definately something I will remember forever. Cambodia is such a beautiful country and I am proud to say I have been.
This is Team Garuda group picture in Beng Mealea ruined temple near camp Beng Mealea. They traveled through Cambodia in four weeks, lived in the community camp and worked with local staffs to develop the community lives. Below is the students' feedback right before the end of their trip.
The following are extracts and thoughts from 2 students who have recently departed Cambodia after 4 weeks in country.
Life in camp (by Amber Foster)
Yes there are tarantulas in Cambodia but they are virtually never encountered in the wild by our teams. The only time they come across them is by the side of the road deep fried as snacks or as a pet for tourists to nervously touch. Going through some pictures passed to me from Team Hanuman (credit to Amy Rumbold) i was taken by the awesome facial expressions from those brave enough to hold one. I hope this doesnt give you nightmares - and please be assured handling/eating tarantulas is 1) safe and 2) not manditory for everyone!
When moving around Cambodia, you see all sorts of weird and wonderful types of transportation, with all sorts of weird and wonderful things strapped onto it....here's a selection.....
This is a set of notes on the highlights of their trip taken from Team Hanuman, who have now returned to UK after 4 weeks in Cambodia.....
We're a group of 21 students (aged 15 – 18) from the South of England. As a group we have discussed what we will take a way from this expedition, and these are our highlights so far…..
Not so many words from me today.....as they say a picture paints a thousand words......these are all shots taken at the school at Beng Mealea where the bulk of our work is focused. The school has 900+ students and is severely under-resourced. Every little thing we do here helps improve the learning environment for the children studying there.
I wanted to write a quick blog and show off some photos for non-twitter followers. As Camps International's Director for Asia, its my role to oversee the whole summer programme and get around as much as possible to see school teams hard at work and in the thick of the action. This year i have based myself mainly in Cambodia, and have also undertaken several treks with teams. I have quite a few twitter followers but for non twitter users you may not have seen the range of photos i have been posting.