Wirreanda Cambodia Project

Reporting to the Community – Cambodia 2016

Congratulations to all the students who presented at both Governing Council and the School Assembly.

The links to the video clips are attached.

Thank you to all who represented the Wirreanda Community. The Wirreanda Cambodia Project team experienced the true gifts that come from giving whole heartedly , this group not only rose to the challenge – they surpassed anything I could have imagined . 

Wirreanda Cambodia Project 2016
Cambodia 2016

Teresa Bruno


Cambodia – Reflections

Our trip to Cambodia has been amazing. My eyes have been opened and the experiences will be cherished forever except when Dante scared me about gorillas at the temples. Teaching the children and constructing the kindergarten has been truely rewarding. To learn, watch and realise how the Cambodian people live, their culture, their way of life, including why the country is so poor. It’s amazing how happy the children are and their want to learn and be at school. As you can see in these few photos there’s a girl holding her 3 year old sister while doing her work at school, this is because their parents have to work and therefore they have to look after their siblings. Also you see the muddy road we have to walk on to get to the school the amount of times we’ve slipped is uncountable but this is what the people live with every day that live nearby the school. I’ve enjoyed every minute of the trip, especially with the amazing teachers we are with.

– Chloe O’Reilly 

During this trip in Cambodia I have made some life changing memories and will forever cherish this amazing experience, I am so grateful that I have been a part of something so fantastic. What made this trip so eye-opening for me was most definitely the kids and how they grew up and what conditions they have been put through. It makes me feel so fortunate for the life I have in Australia. 
I have made so made memories and friendships with the children and it will be so hard to say goodbye to them, I will never forget this experience and there has been so much happiness throughout this trip, I’ve had an absolute ball.

~Amber Goode

Cambodia – Daily Experiences 

It has been a truly humbling experience to watch our students shine, observing them endure heat, humidity and rain all in an effort to build this kindergarten for the students of World of Hope School.The reality that we will be leaving shortly has kicked in and many students have commented on how hard it will be to leave the children and Cambodia.

Students have equally embraced construction and the teaching component of the project, many making bonds with the students in their classes. Students greet the children at the beginning of each morning and afternoon session and conclude the sessions handing out stickers and being surrounded by the affectionate children.

Each day we leave with our buses surrounded by children waving goodbye, a sight that will long be remembered by all.

This evening we were fortunate to observe traditional Khmer dancing and spend an evening out together.

I could not be prouder to work alongside these dedicated students, teachers and volunteers.

Cambodia – Visit to New Hope 

Visiting the school we worked at 2 years ago made me realise how much of an impact we all made two years ago. I am so proud of what we all achieved and am hoping that we will be able to have the same outcome this year at our new school. My highlight of the day; possibly the whole trip was seeing all those young children grow up and improve on their English skills. To see kindy children in the kindy room we made was amazing! There was an increase in the amount of children that attend in the morning I believe this is due to there being more classrooms and teachers available. 

We finished the morning with the class Eryka and I chose to work with singing us a song “Take me to your heart” This song was sung to us last time and almost brings me to tears every time I hear it. I love those children so much and I can’t wait to come back in my own time.

Cortney Ellingham 

Cambodia – Floating Villages 

Today we went to the floating village. It took about an hour to get there and we got into two groups and got in massive canoes. The canoe ride went down a river and went pass some houses on massive stilts, the village wasn’t really floating as there wasn’t much water in river. We stopped halfway at a restaurant that was floating on water.

Mathew Bruniges 

When I think about the week I have spent in Cambodia, I feel very lucky and fortunate. Each day I get to spend time with beautiful Cambodian children. They are very happy and loving, I love them so much. Being here makes me so grateful and appreciative of the life I live in Australia. 

-Hannah Fitzpatrick  

Cambodia – Day 5 

Today my group went to the orphanage, it was a really cool experience and it was good to meet some kids. Myself and Hannah went into the younger kids classroom, we went through the alphabet a couple times and they sung us some songs. Afterwards we went and did the Macarena, it was so hot in the dance room. In the afternoon we went back to World Of Hope and did some construction, I actually really enjoyed moving a bunch of rocks around. The other group taught the children to brush their teeth , wash their hands and did craft and music activities .I also got to go to Gloria Jeans, twice, it’s my favourite coffee shop at home and it was nice to go there whilst we are here. -Brianna Dewar

Yesterday my group visited the orphanage so today our group went back to doing construction and teaching at the school. This morning, and this afternoon, I did construction. It was very tiring and I ruined my nails, but knowing that I was helping made me so happy that eventually I didn’t mind. Being here is such an incredible opportunity and every day is a brilliant experience, I almost don’t want to leave.
-Zoë Moulder

Today my group went to the orphanage and went into three groups English, dance and computing. In English they sing to them and the kids showed them how to count one to ten in Khmer. In dance they got showed how to do dances and the group showed them the Macarena and the nut bush. The computing group helped the students how to use Microsoft word and they showed us how to use Microsoft exl. At placement today , we donated all the goods Mr Attwell- Gill and his family donated to all the students , they loved their new outfits.

Brenton Maroz 

Cambodia – Day 4

Just a quick overview of today! Tomorrow the students will write their thoughts and experiences about their last few days. Each group had different tasks today, one group attending Sunrise Orphanage, the other attending World of Hope School.

Teaching was in full force with students getting to know the children and working with a craft activity today .

The visit to the Sunrise Orphanage was a beautiful experience and evoked some emotions in our students today, children live and learn in the one vicinity, with traditional dance lessons, English classes and computer classes . 

The children’s books created by Ms Pretsell, Ms DeGaris and Mr Maniero classes were utilised during our teaching component at the orphanage and then donated to them . Many of the goods donated by the Wirreanda Community were donated to the orphanage today.

One can’t help but feel gratitude for our daily lives and everyday here reiterates that one is at their best when giving to others.

Cambodia – Day 3 

Today students continued with building the school , covered in mud , no modern machines means it’s just genuine hard work.

Teaching involved working through the booklets we spent months preparing covering a range of literacy and cultural components .

Could not be prouder of everyone and it is fantastic to see the students bonding so well with the children from the school but also uniting together as a Wirreanda community to do their best at the school .

Cambodia – Day 2 

Day 2
We awoke to the smell of spices in the air, it’s hard to believe we are in a different country! We arose from a heavy slumber still somewhat fatigued but bursting with anticipation for the day ahead. 

Each day, students will be divided into 2 groups & rotate after spending half of the day either teaching or building. Group 1 will be teaching in the morning and on construction in the afternoon. Group 2 will be on construction in the morning and teaching in the afternoon.

Dante will run the Soccer program during both sessions with the assistance of Celeste, Alex and Amber (who will rotate assisting with the soccer program) 
Teliah has been busy preparing music lessons as part of her teaching program & has brought some basic instruments to teach the children with. 

Todays teaching component included: introducing yourself, getting to know the children, reading them some of the books that the Wirreanda students made for them about Australia. 
Todays construction included preparing cement by hand for the foundations of the kindergarten, needless to say we should all sleep well tonight .

From a teacher’s perspective, it’s been amazing to see our Wirreanda students develop strong leadership skills and learn to take initiative during challenging tasks. We are incredibly proud our students’ hard work and positive attitude. We are all looking forward to going out to dinner together as a whole group & getting to know each other better.