SNAPSHOT OF OUR EXPERIENCE
In two teams, Flight 1 & Flight 2, the team of 16 high-school graduates, alongside Project-Unwritten's President of Advisory Board, Reverend James Cheong, departed Sydney and arrived at Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The team checked in at Envoy Hostel, and spent the rest of the evening relaxing and doing final checks on the workshops to make sure they were ready for the upcoming days.
The team of 16 high-school graduates visited and stayed at Ewha Srang High School. For 4 consecutive days, the volunteers ran innovative, educational workshops across all the grades from Years 5 through to Year 12. With the generous assistance of teachers who were temporary translators for us, the team was able to impact and inspire 150 students.
The team paid a visit to Hebron Hospital. In a short seminar, Dr. Woo Jung Kim explained the history of Cambodia and the justification for the institutionalization of this hospital, yet again empowering the volunteers to one day make a tangible impact of the same magnitude.
Precedence is powerful. It leaves a legacy for generations to come and provides a snapshot of the possibilities in our world.
Pursat High School was the next stop with an overwhelming 1600 students. Securing the recommendation letter from the Department of Education in Cambodia, the volunteers at Project-Unwritten were welcomed by the Principal with open arms.
Running 6-hours worth of workshops daily, these few days were jam-packed with workshops and photo-taking. At the start of each workshop, we explicitly asked each student to introduce themselves and speak about their dream career as a vision for their life. After each workshop, we taught to students to repeat after us: "I can and I will".
The power of believing in oneself to be able to achieve success and overcome difficulties is called self-efficacy. This was what we were actively trying to cultivate at the school.
The 12-day international volunteering mission ended at Hope School. The narrative of this school began with the heart-aching story of a teenager, John, who passed away in a motorcycle accident. It was at that moment, John's parent (Mrs. Yongsoon Kim) decided to establish Hope School as they saw a need to invest in the next generations of young talent - this was a real-life story evoking inspiration and sentiment.
Project-Unwritten donated a total of 16 chairs and tables, each hand-crafted meticulously so that they are the only existing versions in the world. The team used markers to write messages on the underside of the tables, with the intention of leaving our two cents of wisdom at the school for many years to come. It was a memorable finish.