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Perth Modern School supports Stellar Children's Trust

Perth Modern School supports Stellar Children's Trust

Trip Highlights

  • Travel with the founder of Stellar Children's Trust and PMS staff member, Ms Nakita Kitson
  • Explore Phnom Penh's vibrant streets & historical sites
  • Visit the harrowing genocide museums of the Pol Pot legacy in Phnom Penh
  • Return home with a comprehensive insight into the culture and commumnity of Cambodia
  • Attending will be beneficial for those studying Society and Culture, Studies of Religion and Senior Geography

Trip Summary

This service adventure provides you with an opportunity to learn about the struggles which thousands of Cambodians are faced with whilst lending your support and service to the Stellar Children's Trust (SCT). The SCT provide support to poverty-stricken families in Andong, a displaced community about an hour from Phnom Penh. The community has little-to-no access to clean water, sanitation, education or medical care. You will witness how the SCT supports practical projects which provide long-term, sustainable solutions in education, family support and income generation.

We begin our time in Cambodia by exploring the capital, Phnom Penh where we visit the Royal Palace and learn about the harrowing Pol Pot regime.

We then turn our attention to the community of Andong and the work of the SCT where we will work alongside the community on various programs. Exact details are still in discussion. With a select group of residents and staff from Andong we spend two days exploring the sites of Phnom Penh and spending time with them. There will be time for some last minute shopping in the markets before flying out from Phnom Penh home to Perth.

Throughout our time in Cambodia we will be looking to appreciate the human realities and challenges faced as they manifest in developing nations. This is a learning experience to get excited over which will provide long term sustainable assistance to a marginalised community and to a grassroots charity undertaking extraordinary work in challenging situations.

Suitability

Although there is no commitment to extended physical activity on this journey we nonetheless want to keep the ‘accent on the active’. We therefore advise that any physical training you complete before undertaking the trip will be to good effect and enhance your travel experience. We believe the fitter you are the more you will be able to take part in each day’s adventures.

Sample Itinerary

After so many months thinking, preparing, and planning for your Cambodian adventure the departure day has finally arrived! Your flight to Phnom Penh aboard Singapore Airlines departs from Perth Airport at 01:10am with a short stopover in Singapore. You arrive in Cambodia at 8:35am. Sua s’dei! Welcome to Cambodia! You are greeted by our guide and driver at Phnom Penh International airport for your transfer to the hotel. Balance of your day is free at leisure with the guide where there is a chance to exchange some cash and explore the town of Phnom Penh. Overnight in Phnom Penh. Accommodation: Salita Hotel (http://www.salitahotel.net/). SQ 216 03DEC PER SIN 0110 0625 MI 602 03DEC SINPNH 0740 0835   

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Today, we have a full day’s sightseeing in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. The city is regarded by many as the most beautiful of all the French-built cities in Indochina. Its location is also important as it sits where the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers converge. At one time it was a bustling commercial hub during the French occupation and today has re-established itself as the political and financial centre of the country. Its rich historical past can be traced to the Khmer and French influence evident in the ornate Khmer-style temples and the grand colonial buildings. On today’s tour we visit the most important sites in the city. First, we embark on a discovery of the capital onboard a Cyclo. We will ride along the riverside to explore daily life heading to Wat Phnom, a 15th century stupa. Next, we will visit the Royal Palace and the impressive Silver Pagoda. The Silver Pagoda, also known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha is named after the statue housed there, was created by King Norodom in 1892. The floor is comprised of more than 5,000 silver blocks weighing a total of 6 tones. The National Museum, built in the Khmer style in the 1920’s has an extensive collection of Khmer art. The highlight of the collection is a 6th century bronze figure of the Hindu god Vishnu. Next stop after lunch is the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide Crimes. A former school, the building was converted to a prison during the Khmer Rouge reign and today stands as a memorial to the millions who lost their lives during the darkest period of Cambodia’s history. We then drive south-west of Phnom Penh to visit the emotional Killing Fields of Cheung Ek, made famous by the film of the same name. More than 17,000 civilians were killed and buried in mass graves here making this place a chilling reminder of the brutalities of the genocide Khmer Rouge regime. The visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum and Choeung Ek is a very powerful and confronting experience where many conflicting emotions maybe experienced. There will be time after the visit to reflect and discuss these and to try to make some sense of one of humankind’s most brutal historic periods. Overnight in Phnom Penh. Accommodation: Salita Hotel (http://www.salitahotel.net/).

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After breakfast we will drive to the project site and enjoy service work at Andong. Exact details of the work are yet to be confirmed. In the late afternoon, we return back to the hotel where you can enjoy sometime at leisure before you dinner at local restaurant - not included. Overnight in Phnom Penh. Accommodation: Salita Hotel (http://www.salitahotel.net/).

Meals:  B,L

For two days you will head out on urban adventures and fun activities with the students and staff from SCT. You will have access to a vehicle, driver and your guide to explore within the city limits of Phnom Penh. Lunch will be a packed lunch or at a local restaurant - depending on your chosen plan! Accommodation: Salita Hotel (http://www.salitahotel.net/).

Meals:  B,L

After breakfast we will drive to the project site and enjoy service work at Andong. Exact details of the work are yet to be confirmed. In the late afternoon, we return back to the hotel where you can enjoy sometime at leisure before you all head out for your final dinner at local restaurant - not included. Overnight in Phnom Penh. Accommodation: Salita Hotel (http://www.salitahotel.net/).

Meals:  B,L

At the required time we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Perth via Singapore. Upon arrival in Perth all services conclude. Congratulations on completing a service learning journey through Cambodia and assisting the Stellar Children's Trust and the community of Andong. The lessons learned and friendships made will last a lifetime. #TravelGiveGrow MI 607 15DEC PNHSIN 1810 2110 SQ 225 16DEC SINPER 0010 0525

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What's Included

  • Return Singapore Airlines economy class flights from Perth to Phnom Penh via Singapore including taxes of approx $195
  • Most meals. 12 breakfasts and 11 lunches. No dinners included.
  • Private air conditioned vehicle transportation throughout
  • Expert bilingual Cambodian guide who will carry an extensive medical kit
  • Comfortable well located hotels on triple share basis
  • Airport transfers throughout the itinerary
  • All sightseeing & entry fees as per itinerary
  • National park fees & government taxes/charges
  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day
  • Pre Departure Information kit to help you pack, plan and prepare

What's Not Included

  • Visa fees for Cambodia (approx $80)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory) (approx $80 Necessities Plan $100 excess, Suresave)
  • No meals included whilst in transit at Singpore Airport
  • Expenditure of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, email etc
  • Vaccinations - if required. More information will be provided in the Pre Departure Information kit
  • Tips - not compulsory yet customary in Asia. (approx US$35)
  • Dinners - allow approx US$5-10 per meal
 

AT A GLANCE

Duration:13 Days
Countries:Cambodia
Starting Point:Perth. From 15 participants
Activities:Adventure Touring
Service Learning
Grade:Adventure Touring  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG3981