Cody Smith, a Canowindra Year 12 High School student, will spend two weeks of his summer holidays volunteering as part of an organisation www.ProjectsAbroad.com in Cambodia helping a centre for special needs children in Phnom Phenh. One of Cody’s passions is Humanities. He is currently studying the Arts, Modern and Extension History and has spent holidays in Indo-China (Thailand, Laos and Cambodia) as well as Indonesia. Cody has been inspired by Asian society and the plight of the Cambodian people, especially the children, when visiting there in 2014.
Earlier in the year the school sent out a flier from ProjectsAbroad to students in years 11 & 12 introducing a series of volunteer opportunities in various countries around the world; an opportunity he jumped at, an opportunity to `help out’ and `make-a-difference’ for people less fortunate than ourselves. Cody’s volunteer experience commences on January 7th through to the 23rd and will be based in Phnom Phenh.
He will be required to work with other high school students and young adults from around the world between the ages of 17 and 21. The volunteers will be required to engage and stimulate children through fun, creative and educational activities as well as songs, art and crafts and sport in a structured environment. Volunteers learn from their chosen placements and from the people they meet and vice versa. Mutual learning and mutual respect is what cultural exchange is all about and we wish Cody all the best on this adventure.