From fundraising to the temples of Angkor Wat to teaching English at an orphanage, the World Challenge provided Girton Grammar students with an opportunity of a lifetime.
Though it has been some time since they returned from Thailand and Cambodia, the lessons learned are still fresh in the minds of the 36 travellers.
For Noah Phillips, the group’s experiences in Cambodia that were a talking point.
They helped the Home of Faith, Hope, Love with community development projects and got a taste for teaching English at the Working for Children Rainbow Orphanage.
“We weren’t really sure what to expect,” Noah said.
He was impressed to find the students keen to apply the English they had learnt to communicate with their new friends from Australia.
“At the end they remembered it all,” he said.
For some of his peers, it was the insight into how life in Australia differed from the destinations to which they travelled that was most memorable.
Remy Monaghan reflected on the adventure of travelling by tuk-tuk.
The group she was travelling with witnessed a crash on the way to Angkor Wat.
A trek through the hill tribe villages of Chiang Dao, in the north of Thailand, was also part of the program.
Students were required to raise funds prior to departing.
Year 9 student Alexi Ginis worked at the Castlemaine Fresh Fruit Shop to help raise the $6500 needed to be part of the expedition.
The trip was designed to meet the travel objectives of the students.
Girton Grammar School has been involved with World Challenge since 2006 as part of its outdoor education co-curricular program.