The Cambodia Immersion Trip is a chance for students to become immersed in situations that frame their perspectives of justice, charity and compassion while enhancing the English speaking and writing skills of young Cambodians.
Students and staff travel to the city of Battambang, Cambodia, the capital of Battambang Province in the country’s northwest. Cambodia has struggled for two decades to reconstruct the essential elements of their society, particularly their education system, since the genocide of two million (25%) of the country's population in the 1970s. Cambodia has struggled with social, political, and economic upheaval since the tragedy.
The primary focus of our trip is on servicing the community and working with students and teachers in a variety of settings in Battambang. Several days are devoted to working with Cambodian teachers, students and children who are supported by the Providence Sister, under the guidance of Sister Sopheak and the Friends For All Children Foundation.
St Mary's staff and students spend time with approximately 85 academically capable students aged from 6 to 20 years of age, conduct English workshops with Battambang teachers and visit nearby villages where educational quality and facilities are significantly inferior and poorly resourced. Most importantly, the experience enables students to interact with the culture and society of Cambodia, gaining an understanding of the vibrant country and developing an appreciation of its history, geography, people, and lifestyle.