Students go the extra mile for Cambodia and Vietnam
A team of 39 Year 11 students and five staff were involved in the Cambodia/Vietnam mission, the Extra Mile Project. They organised a series of school fundraising activities and raised close to $26,000 to fund all the projects they undertook. These included renovating a school in Vietnam, building two school classrooms in Cambodia and planting over 100 mango trees. They also donated to various charities including two schools, Sunshine Cambodia, Cambodian Women’s Crisis Centre, an orphanage for disabled children and 600kg of rice to needy villagers.
Mrs Rebecca Hall, Cambodia and Vietnam Mission Coordinator shared: “The Project has been a major School service activity for the past nine years and aligns with Arden’s Vision and Mission of providing educational opportunities to develop confident, capable global citizens who will have the experiences and skills as graduates to help transform the communities in which they will live and work in the future.”
Mrs Hall continued: “Students have described how they developed a greater appreciation for their own life circumstances, for the community in which they live and the service opportunities available to them as young Australian citizens. They also reflected positively on the personal connections they had made with the children and the families in the communities where we worked and the joy they experienced meeting these people and sharing in their lives.”
Emma Davies (Year 11) shared: “I enjoyed working at the English language school because it gave me an opportunity to connect with and really help the kids on a personal level”. While Bethany Groenestyn (Year 11) commented: “I loved the school renovation in Cambodia as I felt that we accomplished so much and it was good to see everyone working together.”
Arden proactively manages and adapts mission itineraries each year. The school has been mindful of the orphanage issues there and has worked diligently to ensure the itinerary factors in the latest research on these issues. The focus of the mission has always been on service-based activities, usually involving physical labour. For example, renovating schools, building houses for villagers and planting mango trees.