Cambodia – Human Rights and Social Justice

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                      Cambodia – Human Rights and Social Justice
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                      Cambodia – Human Rights and Social Justice
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                      Cambodia – Human Rights and Social Justice

The Concept

The Cambodia Social Justice program is specifically designed for schools looking to offer a powerful experiential learning experience for senior high school students.

With strong curriculum links, this program provides a balance of potentially confronting experiences and robust discussions, complimented by providing time for reflection by students on the misinformation and stereotyped views of developing countries. Students will further develop their views on Human Rights, Social Justice and international cooperation in relation to conflict resolution.

Please note that G.E.T Educational Tours and our ground partners operate a child safe protection policy throughout all of our Southeast Asia programs. We do not visit orphanages, schools or support organisations who participate in these experiences.

Recommended time to travel: October to December is an idea time to plan your visit as it is cooler and the land can be greener during this time. March and April are also good times to visit as there are fewer crowds, however the weather is much hotter.

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 AUSTRALIA – SIEM REAP (D)

Arrive in Siem Reap, the once mighty capital of the Khmer empire, where you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, the remainder of the day is at your teachers' discretion. Accommodation for the next 2 nights is at our preferred hotel in Siem Reap.

DAY 2 SIEM REAP (B, L, D)

After breakfast, start your tour of one of the World’s most spectacular temples at the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8m high wall, drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path a row of 54 gods or demons are holding the sacred Naga snake.

From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact centre of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs.

Take a break for lunch at local restaurant, before you continue to Ta Prohm. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes the Tomb Raider Temple one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples.

Now for the highlight: The magnificent Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat was constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people.

You will be there at sunset, when Angkor Wat is less visited and the Apsaras will shine in the most beautiful light. Return to Siem Reap, and look forward to dinner.

DAY 3 SIEM REAP – PHNOM PENH (B, D)

After breakfast, depart Siem Reap via coach to your hotel in Phnom Penh. This spectacular journey takes around 6 hours. The remainder of the day is allocated as leisure at your teachers' discretion. The following 7 nights you will be based at our preferred hotel accommodation in Phnom Penh.

DAY 4 PHNOM PENH (B, D)

After breakfast, travel by private coach and visit the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Be prepared for the security check on arrival. The first hearing usually begins at 0900, followed by:
10:30am: Meeting with representative of the Co-Prosecution
11:00am: Meeting with representative of the Defence
11:30am: Meeting with representative of Public Affairs
Your visit concludes at 1200 and after lunch (own arrangements) board your coach for your afternoon visit to the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner. Here students will learn more about the current human rights issues at the national and international level and give them an insight into the work of the United Nations and OHCHR in particular. Following your meeting, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Dinner is provided this evening.

DAY 5 PHNOM PENH (B, D)

After breakfast, travel by private coach to visit the Legal Aid of Cambodia, arriving at approximately 1000. You will be welcomed by their executive director before participating in a discussion on their commitment to defend the poor and most vulnerable Cambodians. Following lunch (own arrangements) make your way to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for observation of the daily court process before returning to your hotel. Dinner is provided this evening.

DAY 6 PHNOM PENH (B, D)

After breakfast, travel by private coach and visit the Australian Embassy to speak with the Embassy staff on their important role in the region. Students will learn about the role the Embassy plays in aid assistance in Cambodia, as well as their focus on health, agriculture, rural development, scholarship applications and much more.
After lunch (own arrangements), the remainder of the day is allocated as leisure at your teachers’ discretion.

DAY 7 PHNOM PENH (B, D)

After breakfast, travel by private coach for a tour of Tuol Sleng Prison (S-21) and the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek in a sobering reminder of the evils of the Khmer Rouge regime. After lunch (own arrangements), continue by coach to visit the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Centre (CACC) to meet with a representative to discuss their work in advocating for the human rights of women and children and the elimination of all forms of violence against women and children.

DAY 8 PHNOM PENH (B, D)

Today has been allocated as leisure time at your teachers’ discretion.

DAY 9 PHNOM PENH (B, D)

After breakfast this morning, travel by private coach to visit LICADHO, a national Cambodian human rights organization. Since 1992, the organisation has been working to protect civil, political, economic and social rights in Cambodia, advocating for the Cambodian people and a monitor of the government. Students will meet with a representative and watch a video on human rights in Cambodia.
After lunch (own arrangements) make your way to the nearby vocational centre for a hands-on cooking class, then witness a fascinating evening puppet performance before watching the riverbanks come to life on a relaxing evening cruise before returning to your hotel. A highlight of your trip!

DAY 10 PHNOM PENH (B)

After breakfast, the rest of the morning has been allocated as leisure time at your teachers' discretion. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Australia.

DAY 11 PHNOM PENH – AUSTRALIA (B)

Return home to Australia

Inclusions
  • Return International economy airfares
  • Prepaid airport/airline taxes & levies
  • Return airport transfers in Cambodia
  • 2 nights accommodation in Siem Reap at Angkor Paradise Hotel or similar
  • 7 nights accommodation in Phnom Penh at Phnom Penh Hotel or similar
  • Tours and transfers by private A/C vehicles unless stated otherwise
  • Cooking class, puppet show and river cruise in Phnom Penh
  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch & 9 x dinners
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Daily drinking water and cold towels