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Round Square 2012 Student Team
December 6, 2012

The 2012 Round Square students and their leaders have arrived!

The team's first few days in Cambodia were spent visiting many of Phnom Penh's cultural highlights including Choeung Ek Killing Fields, the Genocide Museum, People Improvement Centre's school and orphanage near the garbage dump, Banyan Learning Tree School, Wat Phnom.

A special lunch enjoyed at Friends Restaurant which trains Phnom Penh Street youth in the service industry.

Now the students are off to Takeo to start building a Family Care Centre Building at the Banyan Learning Tree Brighter Beginnings School site in Prokeab, Takeo.

The student team is achieving amazing progress with all columns up by the end of day two of the construction project.

Many Thanks to Free the Bears (www.freethebears.org) for our fantastic VIP tour of their Asian Bear Rescue Centre located at Tamao Wildlife Sanctuary and Rescue Centre. This "A Mine Free World Foundation (www.aminefreeworld.org) project" is funded and built by Round Square www.roundsquare.org.

UPDATE: December 14, 2012
At the end of week one - Construction of the Banyan Learning Tree Family Care Centre is way ahead of schedule, with walls up and rendering in progress!

UPDATE: December 21, 2012
It's the last day on our project site here in Prokeab village, Takeo District as the team of 21 international students put on the final coat of paint on their Family Care Centre project.

In the past 2 weeks, the students have put extraordinary efforts into the construction of this 2-room brick and cement building that will provide valuable programs for the rural people in this community.

They also completed the Playground Project (Dan's Playground), which was built with funds donated in memory of our very dear friend, Dan Blix.

The students have also had the opportunity to visit Siem Reap and it's famed temples of Angkor Wat and the Cambodian Landmine Museum. A morning boat journey there took them to visit the Kampong Phluk stilt village. In Takeo, they took another boat journey to the hilltop temple of Phnom Da. The students have also prepared 80 bicycles that will be distributed at a special ceremony tomorrow (December 22).



UPDATE: December 23, 2012
A Team of 21 international students on a Round Square service project celebrated the construction of a two-room cement-construction Women's Centre at a gala ceremony held December 23rd in Prokeab village, Takeo province.

The morning ceremony included the distribution of 80 bicycles to area children, 10 village-level chicken businesses and Women's Hygiene course books to the first 10 women who will receive instruction at the first program undertaken at the centre.

The ceremony also included the distribution of over 100 tubes of Toothpaste and toothbrushes after a dental hygiene education session provided by Dr. Chho Sontary of Arunreah Dental Clinic in Phnom Penh.

Cambodian children also had the opportunity to play at their new 'Dan's Playground' onsite which was also constructed with help from the Round Square students.

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Day 6 of the RS 2012 Student Team
Day 6 of their international service project here in rural Takeo province.

They are erecting the walls of their two-room Family Care Centre building and have started construction of their secondary project - a playground for area children built in memory of Dan Blix.

The team completes construction of both projects in an amazing 8 days!


21 international students from Round Square begin building a Family Care/Women's Centre in rural Takeo province, Cambodia. They will build a brick.and cement two-room building with metal roof that will provide educational and vocational programs to rural people in Trapeang Thom district.



Our team of 21 international students on a Round Square International Service Trip to Cambodia visit the People Improvement Organization School and Orphanage on the outskirts of Phnom Penh's main garbage dump. They enjoy a morning of dance presented by the PIO students and then join in the dance craze. PIO was founded by CNN top-ten hero Phymean Noun.

Rebecca Gross speaks about her RSIS experience in Cambodia

Grade 12 student Rebecca Gross talks about the Round Square International Service Project she participated in December 2012, in Cambodia.

About Glenlyon Norfolk School
At Glenlyon Norfolk School, our mission is to challenge and support our students to do their best through truth and courage in learning and in life. Glenlyon Norfolk School is at the forefront of international education. It is one of three schools in BC and one of seven in Canada that is an International Baccalaureate school from junior kindergarten to Grade 12.

Thanks to Duncan O'Brien (Pier 10 Media) for not only creating this video, but ALSO granting Banyan Learning Tree permission to post it!.


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