By RENATO GANDIA, SUN MEDIA
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Ali Johns and Niki Leung want to know more about the horrible effects of communist rule in Cambodia that created the infamous killing fields in Southeast Asia.
The Rundle College senior high school students and 18 others aren't satisfied learning from books and second-hand accounts about the effects of the country's violent past.
Next month, they are going to see how Cambodians have recovered from the rule of the Khmer Rouge, a communist guerilla group, in the mid-1970s.
"We're hoping to come back with more knowledge about a different country and culture," said Leung.
Johns said her group has been meeting for eight months and has been studying Cambodia's culture and history.
Teacher Sarah Dunsford initiated the trip after she was inspired by a talk about a project called Room to Read Cambodia and another NGO that provides humanitarian aid to the Asian country.
Every year, the school organizes an international trip for its Grade 11 students and Dunsford thought Cambodia is an apt choice for this year.
She hopes everyone who goes on the two-week trip learns to appreciate more the things they take for granted.
The students are raising money to support three NGOs: The Cambodian Children's Fund, Resource Development International and Room to Read Cambodia.