Welcome back to our Round Square adventurers from Cambodia and India....
07 January 2013
Our Lower Sixth girls have returned safely from their Round Square travels to foreign parts over their Christmas holidays.
Elena Campbell has returned from Cambodia and Emma Briggs and Ruth Henderson from India where they have been working on their Round Square International Service projects. The RSIS India Project was working with the Katapathar Community in the Garwhal Region in Northern India. The project involved the girls working with the village community on a variety of building and maintenance projects. As well as working on the village community projects, the girls had the opportunity to explore the local area, hiking, river-rafting and enjoying cultural activities and tours of this fascinating area in the beautiful foothills of the Himalayas. They also visited Agra for a four day tour visiting the Taj Mahal and riding elephants at the Amber Palace at Jaipur. Elena Campbell worked for the community of Prokeab in the Trapeang Thum district about 87km south of Phnom Penh, helping with the construction of a community centre which will provide secure, temporary care for mothers and children who need meals, clothing, medical care or just a temporary place to sleep. RSIS is working with A Mine Free World Foundation which is involved in school-buiding projects, educational and vocational support for children as well as for landmine-affected families. As well as providing building skills for the community centre, Elena had the opportunity to teach English in the school next door, along with basic first aid, dental hygiene and sanitation and try her hand at Cambodian cooking. As part of the programme, Elena visited Siem Reap to visit the incredible World Heritage site of Angkor Wat, as well as visiting the landmine museum and local floating markets. Elena spent Christmas Day at Sihanoukville on the coast before returning back to Phnom Penh for her return home. The girls all had a wonderful experience on the RSIS projects and came back with stories of many adventures, lots of hard work but a very rewarding, life-changing experience for them all.