In June of 2017, with a team of 14 students and three teachers, representing 12 different countries, Riverside students enjoyed their “Learning Service – Ecotourism” Trip in Cambodia in cooperation with Ayana Journeys. Due largely to the philosophy of Ayana Journeys, I am confident that every member of our team left Cambodia with a great deal of respect for the many Khmer people we met and our numerous NGO partners. Our team used words like courageous, hard working, compassionate, caring, friendly, passionate, creative, intelligent and loving to describe the amazing people we had the distinct pleasure of getting to know. We participated in a number of work projects all with the expressed purpose of enriching our learning experience and building a sense of mutual respect and cultural exchange with our tremendous partners. Together with our partners we learned from some pioneers in the field of development about a number of different approaches, all of which have unique strengths.
On behalf of the team, I would like to encourage you to read the full report found at this link. There is also a YouTube Video here. At the full report you can also find links to our various charity partners and summary financial report of the trips financial impact.
This group of students students have made our whole school community very proud, not only by how they conducted themselves on this incredible journey, but also by how holistically engaged they were.