As a special ending of an educational theme week, we planned a fieldtrip on the last day of this week. It was a fieldtrip to the temples of Angkor. It’s bizarre that millions of tourist come to Siem Reap every year to see the temples and that a lot of our students didn’t see any of this. The Angkor area is about 20 km away from our community.
With two trucks behind motorbikes we all left in the morning for Angkor Wat. Before we left we already made groups and armed with water, a question list and a photo camera all the groups started to look for answers to the questions and run the commands.
There were questions like “When was Angkor Wat build?”But there were also assignments. The students had to try to draw Angkor from the view of a bird, flying over the temple, they had to make a picture from a famous relief on the West wall but they had to build a tower from themselves too. Our idea was to make sure that the students were not only looking and walking around. It worked, the students were very busy with the question list and in the mean time they learned and saw a lot. Before we knew it, it was lunchtime.
At eleven we had to be back at the entrance to find a good place for lunch. Our own Pure! tuc tuc brought fried rice, cooked in our own kitchen at the Centre. It was finished in no time.
After lunch we visited Bayon. This temple is small compared to Angkor Wat and because everyone was looking for shade the groups were close. But also now the students were very serious in answering the questions and a lot of photos were taken.
And finally we visited Ta Prohm. This temple is famous because of the big trees growing through the stones. It’s a mighty sight and a beautiful combination of nature and culture. We didn’t use a question list for this temple it’s special enough just to walk between the debris and finding out what’s behind the next corner.
A little bit after three a clock everyone was back at the trucks. We had to go home. Some of the kids fell asleep in the truck. Everyone was tired and satisfied. It was a beautiful day.