Study Tour in Cambodia for High School Students

26 Mar ~ 2 Apr 2012
Participants: 9 (incl. 3 educators and 4 students)

I've been participating in activities of Meguro UNESCO Association for almost two years, and joining the study tour in Cambodia was one of the main reasons I became a member. When I was at primary school it became my dream to help developing countries after I read Mother Teresa's biography, but I never actually had a chance of visiting those countries. When I heard, by chance, about the Study Tour in Cambodia, I applied for it with a strong desire to take a look at the current situation of developing nations, and was luckily selected as a tour member. However, the tour last March was cancelled due to the Great East Japan Earthquake, since the tour participants were from various regions in Japan. When I heard that it was cancelled, I had feelings of regret but accepted there was no choice.


After paying close attention to Cambodia and Japan's devastated area for a year, this March I finally had another chance to join the tour. Because our tour had been postponed, I had a year to learn about Cambodia more deeply, and also open my eyes to take another good look at Japan, my home country, facing difficulties due to the earthquake disaster. This Study Tour was preceded by two days of training in Japan, followed by the main programmes, such as visiting Terakoya Community Learning Centres, a world heritage site, the Cambodian Mine Action Centre, the Killing Fields, the Old Market in Siem Reap, and cruising the Tonle Sap Lake. Consequently, we could learn about Cambodia from various angles through UNESCO activities, seeing the arena of the Cambodian Civil War as well as having interaction with local friends. This Study Tour had a deep impact on me and will surely be a turning point in my life.

written by Sayaka Hamana, Youth Member, and translated by Sumiko Hattori
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