A group of students from LSGI2S03 recently embarked on a service learning program in Cambodia, where they spent a week volunteering in different communities across the country. The program, organized in partnership with local NGOs and community leaders, aimed to provide students with a unique cultural immersion experience while also making a positive impact in the lives of Cambodians.
During their stay, the students participated in a range of activities, including rural area planning workshops, map making, UAV mapping, and weather & water samples collection and organizing educational and recreational programs for children. They also learned about the history, culture, and traditions of Cambodia through visits to museums, temples, and other cultural sites.
One of the highlights of the program was the opportunity to work with a local organization that supports young people affected by poor living environment. The students helped to organize a workshop on disease prevention and awareness, which was attended by dozens of young Cambodians. Through interactive sessions and discussions, the students were able to share their knowledge and experiences, while also learning from the local participants.
Reflecting on their experience, the students said that the program had a profound impact on their lives. "We came to Cambodia hoping to make a difference, but we ended up learning just as much from the people we met," said Kris Tsang. "We were struck by the resilience and warmth of the Cambodian people, and we feel privileged to have had the opportunity to contribute to their communities in some small way."
The program also received praise from local leaders and NGOs, who expressed their appreciation for the students' efforts. "The students showed a great deal of dedication and enthusiasm during their time here, and their contributions will have a lasting impact on the communities they worked with," said Mr. Vatanak, director of Living Water Farm.
Service learning programs like this one provide students with a unique opportunity to learn about other cultures and make a positive impact in the world. As the students return home, they hope to inspire others to get involved in similar initiatives and continue making a difference in the lives of people around the globe.