In 2010, I went for an exchange program to Cambodia.Specifically Siem Reap. Cambodia was chosen as it has alot of histories, from the Pre-Angkorian Era to the Vietnamese occupation and transition. Also, due to its interesting culture and demographics. This exchange program was held for th benefit of the students to learn and experience one's culture, learn their histories and also for a reflection for the students. It was held for the secondary 3 Express students and also the secondary 4 Express and Normal Academic students. I chose to go for the program as I wanted to gain experience for myself on how different is the atmosphere in Cambodia compared to Singapore. In order to be eligible for the program, students have to do well for their Social Studies examinations and also able to cope well with the other subjects. An interview was held after that so that the teachers are able to pick out the students who are really interested and eligible for the program. Around 25 people were chosen to go for the program, a mixture of students from secondary 3 Express students and also secondary 4 Express and Normal Academic students.
It was a 5 days 4 night program. As we reached Cambodia, Siem Reap at night, we checked in at our hotel and lights off straight away after having dinner. On the first day of the program, we went to a pre-school nearby. It was lacking of resources and food. Students there do not have a proper uniform, writing materials, set of textbooks and writing books, tables and chairs. Their water was dirty. The classrooms were small and had no fans. Due to the small classrooms, each class had around 30 to 40 students. However, we bought them a set of writing materials each and thought them their alphabets and also how to write. We even made sandwiches for them. We even had sing along sessions together with them. In the late afternoon, we went to a high school somewhere in the area too. They had proper classrooms and writing materials. They have the basic...
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