Our students who are going on the Vietnam/Cambodia immersion trip in the June/July holidays. This week, they write for your perusal their hopes for the experience and their motivation for travel. Please keep the group in your prayers over the break.
The journey is all about experiencing a cross-cultural immersion, in particular the different culture, food and life issues that people of the majority world face each day. As well as being able to form relationships with, and learn from, each other how we might share those resources we each have in disproportionate abundance. Along with gaining an understanding of how in two places of such horrific history – Vietnam and Cambodia – the people have endured.
We are going with five other students and three teachers from Emmaus College in Jimboomba, who are all very friendly and like-minded people, as we found out at social afternoons of Putt Putt and also last week's Social Justice afternoon. We also spent time again as a whole group on Wednesday afternoon and evening. Already we are firm friends and know that these people are going to have an impact on our lives forever.
On our trip, we will be experiencing and exploring the countries of Cambodia and Vietnam and have the opportunity to visit churches, kindergartens and schools. A core element of the journey will be to spend some days living within a community at church facilities to engage with local people in a village context to experience life as they live it. The main aim of the trip therefore is to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and experience what everyday life is like for the people of Cambodia. We aim to serve the community and to be able to be an active part of their society.
We will also have the opportunity to explore historical sites such as the genocide museums in Toul Sleng and go to the many temples such as Angkor Wat and experience the life of the people and even have an elephant ride.
Our personal reasons for going:
“I want to be a part of this trip as it is an opportunity to experience somewhere different and new; to lead myself into the service of others. It is also an opportunity to learn about the history of both Vietnam and Cambodia and what events in the past have led to the formation of the countries and communities they are today. To experience firsthand how these communities have rebuilt their faith and moved past the war they faced whilst still embracing it." — Alice
“I wanted to be part of this trip as it is a unique opportunity to experience the unfamiliar in terms of culture and language along with historical importance and everyday lifestyle of a group of people who, despite all the horrible things that have occurred, still find happiness. Also, to learn about how their faith has guided them through the war and the aftermath." — Charlotte
“I wanted to go on the trip to be able to learn about a new culture that is so different from our own. It is an incredible opportunity to interact with new people and experience a different way of life, and witness the work of the Church as it meets the material, pastoral and spiritual needs of the communities served by its presence."
“I wanted to go on this immersion because I wanted to walk in the steps of Dominic and gain an understanding of how much we have to be thankful for in our lives. I think it will be amazing and truly eye-opening to see how other people in our world live and how we can work together to improve the lives of others through acts of service for others." — Lauren
We are all looking forward to the trip and can't wait to come back and tell you all about it!