Work Integrated Learning in Cambodia
Ten fourth year Law students recently travelled to Cambodia with Dr Nicola Ross and Mrs Sher Campbell as part of a government-funded Work Integrated Learning trip.
Following a short immersion in Siem Reap, students were placed with This Life Cambodia, an NGO in Siem Reap. The students wrote comparative issues papers, based on experiences and research, on the institutionalisation of children (with a focus on the ill-effects of ‘voluntourism’ in Cambodian orphanages), women with children in prisons and implementation of juvenile justice programs. This work was complemented with visits to a women’s resource centre, a refuge, experiencing a monk blessing and a visit to the new ‘reconciliation’ museum in Siem Reap. This followed visits in Phnom Penh to institutions and organisations including the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, The Killing Fields, Australian Embassy and The Royal University of Law and Economics, where the students participated in the signing ceremony in relation to an MOU. One highlight was the visit to the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung Organisation (KAS). KAS has been working in Cambodia since 1994, striving to support the Cambodian people in strengthening democracy, the rule of law and human rights.
This trip was the last of five excellent New Colombo Plan funded programs for 2016. The Newcastle Law School has received funding for 2017 for students to go to Myanmar, Kenya, China and Brazil.
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