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2020 MIA expedition provides education on the mountain for Northbridge Grade 10s

Nancy Calimlim
Nancy Calimlim (5 posts) Language and Literature Curriculum Leader, MUN Coordinator, DP English B and MYP English L&L Teacher View Profile

At Northbridge International School Cambodia, education is not confined in the four corners of our Secondary building. We take it outside: on the mountain.

Northbridge International School Cambodia - Grade 10 MIA

They creatively swung, not a club, but their hands in throwing a disc in a 9-Disc Golf game.

Their body strength was put to the test as they spidered to the top of the wall, with some not wanting to come down, not because of too much excitement but because of acrophobia. 

Northbridge International School Cambodia - Grade 10 MIA

Vkirirom’s mountain was the school and home for our Grade 10 students for a three-day learning experience, which started with a series of team building opportunities. 

Divided in six groups, a friendly competition emerged among the Grade 10 students. All enjoyed the non-stop pivot as they dizzily hit the claypot. 

Northbridge International School Cambodia - Grade 10 MIA

Centipede race, Hula race, and zumo bubble got the best of their competitive spirits; a testament of the veracity of teamwork.

The beauty of nature stole the dark clouds in their heads as they trekked the mountain, and their exhaustion was satisfied by the lull of the flowing water in a boulder-filled stream. 

Northbridge International School Cambodia - Grade 10 MIA

Before surrendering to their tents, they serenaded their night with music as they played guitar and sang to their favorite tunes, proving that the demarcation line set by their teachers would not and could not break their camaraderie. 

Students educating students at Chambok Primary School, a local school in Kirirom, was the highlight of this trip. Although everybody came prepared, the Grade 10 realized the necessity to adjust their lessons according to their student learner profile.

Northbridge International School Cambodia - Grade 10 MIA

Apart from feeling fulfilled from having imparted knowledge and skills, it was a reflective journey for the Grade 10 students after learning the importance of adaptation. 

Grade 10 went back to Phnom Penh from their mountain experience with an enlightened sense of teamwork, camaraderie, and service. 

Before the MIA trip, I knew that every moment would be magical. From singing in bus rides and outside tents, playing games together, and taking photos of rocks and leaves it was simply organic. The majority of things I've learned were based on teaching the kids my lessons about music and how to play in a band. Initially, it was hard for us to teach them anything because our material was in English and the children would only speak Khmer. So on the spot we came up with a plan and taught them what rhythm is and what a band is. And from what I learn from that music teaching experience is that music is such a powerful language, we had just taught rhythm and the whole class was involved. Keven
Northbridge International School Cambodia - Grade 10 MIA
This grade 10 MIA was an overall beautiful experience. This trip was able to show me the different side of nature that I've never seen before in Cambodia that is hidden away in the thick jungles. It was also able to revive memories and feelings that I experienced during my trip in Tanzania simply because of the tents and the early morning weather. This 3-day trip also has taught me that not all things go your way and that improvisation is a great skill to have. Being able to go on a trip to see students who aren't as fortunate as I am, and being able to get the opportunity to teach them a few things or two while being surrounded by friends who have the same mindset is a blessing and I am forever grateful for this experience. Kimlay
Northbridge International School Cambodia - Grade 10 MIA
I was lucky to be a part of our annual MIA trip. This year we went to Kirirom where we were exposed to many things: out of our comfort zone from sleeping in a tent to showering in a forest. We were able to step away from our busy school and city life to spending quality time together and getting to know each other on another level. We were able to learn and build a stronger relationship with ourselves, our friends and our teachers. Last but not least we were able to go to the local school and put a smile on the students’ faces. I really enjoy and treasure our MIA trip because it allows me to hit a restart button and get me back on track. Pich
Northbridge International School Cambodia - Grade 10 MIA