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Cambodia Experience

‘A single moment of understanding can flood a whole life with meaning’

What other experience allows you to gain social and educational skills, travel to a foreign country, work with government and non-government organisations, learn another language, immerse yourself in an exciting and ancient culture and mix with like-minded young Aussies, all on the international stage and at a bargain price?

NTSDE’s Cambodia Experience is all of this and more! Our award winning international excursion is on again and is in its 11th year. We are already planning for this year.

  • Who: Year 11 and Year 12 students studying one or more subjects with us
  • When: November / December 2019 (Term 4, Weeks 7 – 8)
  • Where: Cambodia
  • What: Students participate in five humanitarian projects
  • Cost: Approx. $3200.00
  • Contact: David Armstrong – 8922 2231 or david.armstrong@ntschools.net

Who can attend the trip?

If you are in Year 11 or Year 12 (or completing Year 12 over two years and studying at least one subject with NTSDE) this year, and would like to be part of this fabulous end of year project, then get in touch with David Armstrong at NTSDE to register your interest.

Each year NTSDE provides an opportunity for Year 11 and 12 students to travel to Cambodia to participate in various humanitarian projects. Our students get involved in five very different projects which provide them with the opportunity to mix with local Khmer people from all walks of life and to link with young people from different parts of Australia as well. This project has a strong emphasis on providing students with an alternative end of year activity instead of schoolies week, and to give them an exciting and rewarding international experience.

Humanitarian related careers requiring an understanding of global issues are increasing in popularity and necessity and we would like to give our students the opportunity to be a part of this process.

About Cambodia

Cambodia is a challenging country to travel in and its traumatic recent history is still apparent in its landscape and in the stories of its people, both young and old. It is a visually stunning place although the real richness of the country only really becomes visible once you have interacted with the Khmer people.

I believe we have been presented with a great opportunity to be involved in a project in which both our students and those they interact with can grow and mutually benefit.

Humanitarian projects

While in Cambodia our group will work on the following projects:

  • Assist in the building of accommodation in in a village on the outskirts of Siem Reap via the Life and Hope Foundation www.lifeandhopeangkor.org/
  • Continue with the physical development and educational program at the Green Gecko teaching orphanage in Siem Reap www.greengeckoproject.org/
  • Participate in English language classes at the Royal University of Phnom Penh and assist with language instruction
  • Continue our work with New Hope School - www.newhopecambodia.com    
  • Continue with our health pack delivery program in Phnom Penh
  • Continue our house building project with the Tabitha Foundation.

Other perks

The group will also:

  • Visit the famous temples of Angkor Wat
  • Visit the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
  • Visit the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh
  • Visit local markets in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh
  • Travel by boat from Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) to Phnom Penh on the Tonle Sap River
  • Participate in a Khmer cooking class
  • Participate in an exciting bike ride through and around the islands of the Mekong River
  • Visit the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh (hosted by the Australian Ambassador).

Student Testimonials:

“What can I say? Other than this has been the most amazing experience of my life and it’ll take something special to top it”.  Tyler Cameron Year 12 student

“This trip was the best thing I have ever done and will stand out throughout my life. It has been a life changing and unforgettable experience.” Johanna Kelly: Year 12 student

“My overall thought of this trip is that it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done”
Ray Anderson: Year 12 student

“It was amazing to see how people live in a developing country and to realise how lucky we are“
Ki Harry: Year 12 student

Educational rationale:

Having been involved in school based projects over the last 18 years, l have come to understand the enormous benefit of presenting students with problem solving events or activities that fall outside of their perceived comfort zone.

I think we can all connect to a learning experience sometime in our lives that at that particular time seemed an uncomfortable or unusual situation. My belief is that an experience such as this excursion provides an opportunity for both the students and supervisors to gain a sense of self sufficiency and a global perspective as well as learning to interact effectively in a team environment.

This project is open to Year 11 and 12 students studying at least one subject with NTSDE. It will take place during Weeks 7 and 8 of Term 4 at the completion of exams and other study commitments.

The cost is approximately $3200.00. Contact David Armstrong for further information and a detailed itinerary. david.armstrong@ntschools.net / 8922 2231 / 0437 792 992

Below is an article written by Hannah Woerle who is a previous participant of the Cambodia Experience.