Friday, 16 December 2011

First Aid Volunteers from St John's Ambulance reflect on their time in Cambodia

From January 8th-29th 2011 a team of 7 St John Volunteer First Aiders attended a joint project with Antipodeans Abroad based in Siem Reap, Cambodia. During our time we ran different health workshops which included; oral hygiene, hand washing, basic hygiene, nutrition, manual handling, kitchen safety and a series of first aid sessions in burns, fractures, snake bites, wound care and bleeds.

We visited several additional schools in and around Siem Reap during our time. During this time we taught over 1 000 staff, students and community members. In the course of three weeks we distributed over 350 toothbrushes and toothpastes, books, beginners English books, whiteboards, poster, charts, flyers, sports equipment and several water filtration systems for the water pumps.

Thanks to the Australian Youth Council for their hard work and organisation of this project. Everyone on the trip thoroughly enjoyed the experience and skills in which we gained. The trip was truly a worthwhile trip and I would recommend it to any-one and everyone. From Aaron del Pino.

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