Cambodia trip gives pupils an education on life in Asia

Hetton School pupils visting Cambodia.
Hetton School pupils visting Cambodia.
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YOUNG people from a city school sampled life in Asia during a trip.

The group of students from Hetton School took part in an expedition to Cambodia to experience the cultural differences.

During their two-week stay, the 11 students spent time in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, working as volunteers on various projects.

The students, along with teachers Lisa Paget and Julie Chalk, handed over stationery and books to Camp Beng Pae school.

The youngsters, aged 15 and 16, also helped improve facilities for the residents of a small village, which included building a new roof, and improving accommodation for teachers at a school.

Year 11 student Caitlin Iles said: “I had the most amazing time in Cambodia, it was a fantastic opportunity and I would like to thank everyone who helped me get there. It was great. We met some amazing people and it certainly opened my eyes and made me realise how lucky I am for what I have.”

The students got the chance to visit some of Cambodia’s most famous landmarks, including the Angkor Wat temple complex and the Royal Palace. They also visited the Tuol Send Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, a former high school converted into a prison and place of execution by the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s.

Each of the students had to raise more than £2,500 to cover the cost of the trip and did this by spending many Saturdays bag packing and hosting quiz nights.

The trip was run with Camps International.