The School’s links with Cambodia began with the construction of the RGS link school at Tiem Kram, Ratanakiri province in partnership with the charity, United World Schools, in Spring 2010.
This was entirely funded by the school community with their pantomime, Buttons Undone. Soon afterwards an expedition of 18 boys and two members of staff travelled out to teach in the school as part of a month-long expedition to the country. The expedition was a great success and was followed by a larger expedition of 24 boys and four members of staff in Summer 2013 and again in Summer 2015. Further fundraising has enabled the construction of a well and the addition of solar panels to the school. Another expedition is currently being organised for 2017, this time involving 36 boys and 6 members of staff.
The Cambodia partnership aims to benefit the poorest Cambodian children with educational summer camps run by RGS boys and to support the charity United World Schools in their work in Cambodia. Equally important is the personal development of RGS boys who develop their confidence and communication skills in fundraising for the expedition and then delivering lessons in a challenging environment. The local children speak no English, and many do not even speak the national Khmer language, so that the boys need to find other methods of communication to teach their lessons in logic, music, art and sport. Elsewhere in the month-long expedition, the boys learn about the troubled history of Cambodia and trek through the jungle, a real challenge in monsoon season. All boys who have travelled out to Cambodia have returned with greater self-belief, maturity and awareness, while leaving a lasting legacy in one of the poorest areas of Cambodia.
United World Schools have been selected by the RGS community as the school's international charity for 2015-16. It is hoped that the extra fundraising this will cause can be used to fund the building of a desperately needed aditional classroom in Trem Kram.