Holiday in Cambodia an eye-opener for St Stephen’s School students

Students Megan Neville and April Choi with children from a Cambodian village. Picture: RAW Impact
The team on the steps of the newly built house. Picture: RAW Impact
Students Megan Neville and April Choi with children from a Cambodian village. Picture: RAW Impact The team on the steps of the newly built house. Picture: RAW Impact

ST Stephen’s School students said their recent tour to Cambodia was a life-changing experience.

Eighteen secondary students and three staff from the Carramar and Duncraig campuses were in Cambodia for almost two weeks helping local families with things such as shelter and food.

Student Riley Ellson said building a house for an underprivileged family was an everlasting memory.

“It was a really emotional part of the trip when we watched a family move into a house that was built by us in just two days,” he said.

“That’s one of the most inspirational stories of our lives.”

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Fellow student Therese Roberts agreed, saying the trip had been a “life-changing opportunity”.

“We will all hold this experience very close to our hearts,” she said.

The tour, run in conjunction with RAW Impact, was designed to help students experience firsthand the living conditions in a developing country.

Students spent a year preparing for the trip by learning about the culture and why people are in need and raising $1000 each towards helping local families.

Principal Donella Beare said it was an “incredible experience” for the students.

“For each student to experience how others live and to reflect upon their own advantages helps build their compassion, integrity and tolerance,” she said.