By Kai Hei & Denning
Today was our last day of the CAS trip in Siem Reap, Cambodia. We all headed to the airport immediately after our last breakfast at the hotel. We all felt very sad that we are leaving this wonderful place after spending time with the kids we taught and the family we helped, but yet stoked about returning home and seeing our family. Before we boarded the flight, our teachers surprised us with certificates for every single one of us.
During this trip, we’ve spent several days working with the local children, teaching them English through the use of interactive games and activities, and exchanging skills with them such as teaching them how to play card games to teaching them how to cook. We’ve also worked tirelessly on a house construction project, building its walls and flooring, for a small local family with children, who will be living in the house for several years. The house will serve as shelter, and as a safe home for the family to live in.
We’ve done a variety of activities such as building a house, cooking local dishes, kickboxing, sewing and teaching the local children. In these activities, we’ve learnt practical skills such as hammering nails and weaving when building a house, cooking and preparing ingredients when cooking local dishes, and sewing bags, to more technical skills such as kickboxing and teaching.
To sum up, our CAS trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia was a fun, eye-opening, meaningful and worthwhile experience. The tour guides, tuk-tuk drivers, and locals that we’ve met were cordial and inviting, and the students were always enthusiastic and excited to learn. We’ve seen Cambodia’s most spectacular and fascinating temples such as Ta Prohm, Bayon and Angkor Wat which were of beauty and depth beyond belief.
The trip was an unforgettable experience that was brought together by great people, from the tour guides to the teachers, the tuk-tuk drivers to the local children, our parents and, finally, us students. We would like to thank everyone who made this trip possible.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” - Mahatma Gandhi