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On the 8th of July 2015, 17 young Nudgee men gathered at the Brisbane international airport, excited and uncertain about what the next two weeks would bring. With open minds the students set out for an unforgettable immersion trip, one that would likely change how we see the world. After a long nine hours, the boys stepped off the plane to find ourselves half a world away from home and the luxuries we all took for granted. Spending the first 3 days of our journey sightseeing in Saigon, allowed us to acclimatise to Southeast Asian cultures and prepare ourselves for the trip ahead. As we travelled by minibus over questionable roads through to Cambodia, as students we were struck with the wealth gap between Vietnam and Cambodia. Khmer farmers were at the mercy of the wet season to decide on the success of their yield, while their Vietnamese counterparts were ‘lucky’ enough to have irrigation systems to allow them to farm all year round. It was this simple difference in farming technology that leads to an ailing Cambodian economy for the majority of the dry season. This was the Nudgee students first real opportunity to distinguish the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ in Southeast Asia. We continued on our journey to Kampot, the home of the famous Kampot Pepper. Here the students saw first hand the Cambodian education system. From kindergartens to universities, we learnt the importance of the gift that has been afforded to us, Nudgee. From schools to villages to cities, the Nudgee students travelled throughout the Cambodian countryside for an experience that ignited our hearts and minds and no doubt will compel all to see our world in a different light. -- Corbin Duncan

“Our Cambodian immersion experience was an incredible journey which sought to allow us to see the world in a different light and to walk with the Khmer people. One of the most striking qualities about the Khmer people was their mental fortitude. Although they are among the poorest people in our world, they are some of the brightest people I had ever met, if there is one thing that we have learnt from this immersion, it is that wealth is a state of mind. ”



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