During the 2019 July school holidays, a team of 15 people (students, alumni and staff) spent ten days in Phnom Penh, Cambodia working with Freedom International.
Upon arriving in Cambodia, we were quickly immersed in their culture and history through visits to the Killing Fields and S21 Genocide Museum where we learnt more about the atrocities that occurred at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. Although difficult to take in the horror of how so many men, women and children were tortured and executed, it also gave everyone an insight into how this has shaped the Cambodia of today.
We participated in preparing Khmer meals, which included buying and cutting up a whole chicken – head, feet and all. Rice is a staple in Cambodia, so 2 cups of rice per person always accompanied our meals of spicy vegetables with fish, chicken or pork and sometimes soup. For a little extra protein, the team also got to eat frogs legs and even tried tarantulas (some said it tasted like chicken but others beg to differ).