Cambodia Summer 2018!Posted on 08/10/2018
During the summer holidays of 2018, 11 Samuel Ryder Students , four from Year 10, four from Year 11 and 3 from Year 12, embarked on an expedition to Cambodia for a month. When we were there, we travelled to the capital, Phnom Penh, where we visited S21, which was a large prison used to hold innocent victims during the Khmer Rouge. We also went to the killing fields, where the citizens of Cambodia were brutally murdered, also during the Khmer Rouge. This was the hardest part of the expedition, learning about the cruel, unfair lived the Cambodian people lived when Pol Pot ruled the land. During our visit, we also stayed at 2 camps: Camp Beng Mealea and Camp Beng Pae. During our stay there, we participated in community projects, such as building a well,building a toilet and tree planting. Also, we dug a 2 foot deep irrigation trench which was about 250 metres long and only took us three days. One of the highlights for many was the scuba diving off a small island called 'Koh Rong Sanloem' where most of us got the opportunity to witness exotic sea life like pufferfish and seahorses. Most of us now are PADI qualified level 2 divers! On our second to last day, we went to the stunning Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap, which is the biggest temple in hte world and it was amazing to see how such a complex temple was built in the 12th century without any machinery. the experience was one all of us will never forget and will talk about for many years to come.