We believe in the power of young people to change the world and create a better future for everyone. Schoolies with Impact is an opportunity for you to travel, become a Global Citizen and join a movement that will change lives all around the world - including yours.
This will be a trip like no other! You'll start in the capital Phnom Penh and do a full city tour including the impressive royal palace and local markets. Next, you'll visit the Tuol Sleng museum and Killing Fields. While these are sombre sites, they are an essential visit for anyone travelling to Cambodia! For your volunteering project you'll be based in Battambang, a picturesque town with a beautiful river running through it. In the afternoons when you're finished volunteering you'll get to explore the local shops, trek to the bat caves, ride on the bamboo train and visit local temples. At the end of your trip you'll head to our favourite city in Cambodia, Siem Reap. Here you'll be able to get a foot massage, explore the incredible night markets and most of all see sunrise at the world famous Angkor Watt temple complex!
You will spend 5 days working with our team in Battambang on important projects that help the local community. Cambodia faces a range of social and economic issues, with many disadvantaged families not receiving the support they need. You'll get to work with the local community, running fun activities with local school children to inspire them to keep attending school. You'll be running sports, creative arts and English activities, things that these children are missing our on in their day to day schooling. You'll also get to work on a renovation project to help with improving school facilities! This could be painting a mural, creating a library, installing a hand washing station, improving a playground or building a sports field. These 5 days are your chance to make a real difference!
Schoolies with Impact isn't just about travel and volunteering. Starting midway through year 11, you will begin your global citizenship journey in Australia by attending 3 incredible workshops hosted by our partner, Character Builders. Spaced out over 18 months, these workshops will equip you with the necessary skills for your journey and allow you to meet the likeminded school leavers that will be travelling with you! You'll learn how to shape your story as you complete your own character journal, while exploring and developing your core values and character strengths. These workshops will truly set you apart from the crowd as you get ready to begin a new chapter of your life on a gap year, at university or in the workforce! You can learn more about Character Builders and these incredible workshops here.
Schoolies with an impact allows you to do something meaningful as you celebrate finishing high school. It is the perfect opportunity to do something different, step outside of your comfort zone and have a once in a lifetime overseas experience! If you want to learn how you can make a difference, develop your skills and start on the path to becoming a future global leader then this is the program for you! Want to learn more about the whole program? Click here.
Cambodia has been such an incredible experience! I am forever grateful to have been part of a team who was able to support the Khmer locals and be part of a greater good. This trip has enabled me to become more grateful for everything.Dounya Abdullatif - Deakin University Student