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Cambodia Cultural Trip

​Hello, or as the Cambodians would say, Susudai
On the 22nd June this year, Mrs Daly, Mr Ralph and 9 students set out on a journey of a lifetime.  We travelled to Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, then on to Siem Reap, Cambodia, to work at the Feeding Dreams School. What we experienced has changed our lives forever!
In Siem Reap we visited Angkor Wat and many other beautiful temples. We went to the circus where all the performers are orphans. We ate many of the local foods including snakes, dog, crickets, egg embryo and many more. We met some of the most amazing people you could ever meet.  We travelled around in Tuk Tuk’s and spent hours shopping in the local markets, but the best experience by far, was meeting and teaching the children from the Feeding Dreams School.
We arrived at Feeding dreams on Monday morning not knowing what to expect.  We were greeted by a swarm of children with big happy smiles and their arms wide open.  Each of us had several children climbing all over us and yelling, “Teacher, Teacher” in our ears.  They were so excited about being at school and on their daily morning parade they sang songs in Khmer and in English.  We were amazed by their gentle ways, their politeness and welcoming nature, and by the beautiful smiles they had on their faces, even though they had no possessions and lived in appalling conditions. 
On behalf of Mareeba State High School we donated rice, sauces, fish, eggs, greens, stationary and also sports equipment. So thank-you to everyone who supported our raffles, bought candles and donated money. You have helped to change the lives of so many Cambodian people. 
We went on this trip to teach the children of Siem Reap, but instead we were the ones who learnt so much more than you could ever imagine.  This amazing trip has made each of us appreciate what we have here in Australia.  It doesn’t matter what the people in Cambodia are faced with, they always have a positive attitude and never stop smiling.  We were amazed by their attitude to life and their generous nature.  We feel blessed to have experienced Cambodia and to have met these beautiful people. 
Shenetty Makoti - Year 11 Student