First time experiencing abroad through scouting

Sreydieb (right) at the welcome KAWANEE gave to all participating scouts
Sreydieb (right) at the welcome KAWANEE gave to all participating scouts
Through the “Project Sunshine 2015” organized by Singapore Scout Association in collaboration with Cambodia Scouts, Community Hero of BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center Takeo, Sreydieb Long, was invited to participate in a scouting program in Singapore. In this post, Sryeydieb shares what she experienced from her participation in the program.

Getting invited

In March 2017 a team of Singaporean Scout Association visited BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center Takeo again after implementing their activities at Takeo Orphanage Center together with leaders of Cambodia Scouts. During their visit, together with local scouts they carried some educational activities to students of the learning centers including drawing, performance and educational games. They also donated 100 children’s story books to the learning center. We have stayed in touch since then. After the second visit of the founder of the Project Sunshine in December 2017, with a new approach of reaching scouting to the grass-roots level, I was surprisingly invited to join the KAWANEE International Scout Friendship CUM Learning Journey Program held in Singapore between April 4 and 9, 2018.

Meeting scouts at a Thai school
Meeting scouts at a Thai school

Participation in the program

KAWANEE International Scout Friendship CUM Learning Journey is all about an exchange program and is a friendship gathering in Malay language between scouts of a school from Thailand and Singaporean Scout. I and other two Cambodians participated as observers. A five-day program covered having fun walking and sightseeing part of the city on Day 1; attending an informative session with Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Royal Thai Embassy, Exploring Singapore City Gallery, Chinatown, Gardens By The Bay and the hippie Singaporean nightlife at Clark Quay on Day 2; Visiting a school in town – Poi Ching – where we jointly did some activities (teaching each other, playing games, exchanging gifts and dancing) and joining a welcome dinner by Chief Commissioner of Singaporean Scout Association on Day 3; Visiting to Batam of Indonesia on Day 4 where more than 1000 scouts and villagers giving a stunning grand welcome to the visiting Scouts participated in the KAWANEE program and taking us a tour to shopping center, traditional festival, visiting a school, joining the open ceremony with scouting activities and their traditional dance; Enjoying a day of fun at Universal Studio of Singapore on Day 5 which was the last day of the program!

Project Sunshine 2015 team members visited Takeo Learning Center where they implemented their project
Project Sunshine 2015 team members visited Takeo Learning Center where they implemented their project

My learning from the program

Having participated in this program, as it is it my very first time traveling aboard, I could personally say that Singapore is an incredible place with a very clean environment and green nature as well as a country where the government care and encourage people to get higher education. The program gave me a good opportunity to learn how scouting get people connected and built networks among people from different cultures as well as learned from each other. Also, how people humbly make friendship through scouting regardless race and status. I could also observe that the program was well prepared with specific learning objectives that were set for the people attending the event organized for each day. I also could learn from him about organizing events.

Out of the things I observed and learned from my participation to the program, I would bring the aspects of clean environment and the way people make friendship through scouting to my learning center and get my students aware of them as well as get them changed the way they think and practice in their everyday life.

I would like to express my acknowledgement to Mr Foo Desmond, the founder Project Sunshine 2015, for providing me with such great learning opportunity to see a new world of out my mother land and a great chance to get to know people as well as building networks through this program.

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