A group of business students and lecturers put up with unfamiliar and challenging conditions to bring cheer to Hope Village in Cambodia.
"A 12-day journey of mindset change and challenged perspectives," was how SB lecturer Benedict Cho described Operation Cambodia which saw School of Business students teaching English at orphanages.
The group of 17 students and two lecturers from the School of Business were at Hope Village in Prey Vent from 26 August to 6 September for the community service. Prior to their trip, the students had raised funds to buy teaching materials and books for the orphanages.
Teaching at the orphanages was no easy task. The students faced the challenge of adapting their lesson plans to accommodate the children's learning needs.
It also helped that the students were unfazed when they had to eat cup noodles for their three meals and put up with electrical supply that was available for only a few hours each day.
But their efforts paid off as was evident from the keen interest shown by the children and the joy on their faces. "On the day of departure, both students and children cried and hugged," recounted Mr Cho.