AT TAYLOR'S: Anna Berney (berney.a@gardenschool.edu.my)
PROJECT PARTNER: Refer to 'Partners' section
It’s the time of the year again, the moment, every student of Garden International School (GIS) has been looking forward to every year. Ms Anna Berney and Ms Shamsiah Ismail, the two coordinators of the programme have been working hard to develop trips to ensure students had the best experience possible, with lots of community service which will not only benefit the community or the environment that the students had been working in, but also enabled them to develop valuable skills and broaden their experiences. Discovery Week 2015 took place during the week of 28th June 2015 till 4th July 2015.

Some highlights from the program as follows, for more details on the respectively trips, click on the trip titles:

Habitat 4 Humanity Phnom Penh & Kuching
A group consisting of 16 students and 2 teachers set off on a trip in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Kuching, Sarawak respectively, with a goal to help those in need by building them a sustainable home to live in. The four-day trip required students to undertake a part of the construction of a house for the less fortunate, under the supervision of Habitat 4 Humanity (H4H) supervisors.
Tioman Trip
The trip headed by Ms. Alice Williams has been successfully running for seven years partnering with Little Planet and Juara Turtle Project. Students got the opportunity to go jungle trekking, kayaking and snorkelling and did team building activities on the beach. Another focus of the service activities was creating a waste management system for the village using Reduce, Reuse and Recycle principals.
Cambodia Trip
This trip has been running successfully for six years. Students spent their time at the Angkor Rural Children Education Project (ARCEP) centre where they taught English and Maths to the children in the rural village school in Siem Reap. Besides that, they also helped to dig more fish ponds for the sustainability of the centre and donated to replace their school roof.
Reach Out
Reach Out activities are all non-residential trip based in and around the Klang Valley. There were four different options for students to choose from: teaching, painting, day trips and special Olympics.
Vietnam Trip
The five-day trip saw students learning on local cultures and history, while partnering with British International School Vietnam to work with street children from different orphanages.
Going Native
The project was newly introduced where students worked with the indigenous community in Gombak, Selangor. The students helped to set up a ‘Herb Garden’ in front of their community centre and taught the indigenous children English and Maths.
Redang Trip
The trip offered an opportunity for students to obtain a PADI Open Water Diver license, while contributing and taught English to local children in Redang. The students also learnt how to propagate corals.
The Kuching Experience
Kuching Experience aimed to help the less privileged children of the Salvation Army Boys Home and the Children’s Home in Kuching by spending time with them, playing and learning about their local cultures.
Chengdu Trip
This Discovery Week trip took students to the Bifengxia Panda Reserve in Chengdu. It was an unique opportunity, as the students had a chance to see areas of the reserve that are not normally visited by the public, worked as volunteers cleaning the Pandas, delivered bamboos and helped collecting Panda data.
Chiang Mai Trip
Students had the chance to experience many different activities that weren’t possible in Malaysia such as bathing elephants and visiting sacred Thai temples. They headed to an international school in Mai Rin and experienced some Thai culture and spent some time in the indigenous village, helping to paint the school there.

For more information on the program, please go to the “In The News’ section, or email Ms. Anna Berney at berney.a@gardenschool.edu.my or Ms. Shamsiah Ismail at shamsiah.i@gardenschool.edu.my 

Written by Amelia Ooi