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Gopeng Trip 2017

Classrooms without Borders

Over the past one week, a batch of student leaders has been busy planning and preparing activities and logistics for their service-learning project in Gopeng, Perak. While teachers laid out the parameters and conveyed crucial information about Temoh Orphanage and the Old Folks’ Home to students, students themselves were brainstorming appropriate activities for the young and elderly – as well as the resources needed – all with minimal assistance from the teachers.

Punggol Secondary School’s annual Gopeng Leadership Camp ties in both outdoor education and service-learning to nurture resilient and empathetic youths. The camp falls on the week after Term 4. During this week-long adventure and service-learning, students discover and develop their strengths through experiential learning beyond the classroom.

Incorporating LLP elements into the camp, both student leaders and teachers also contribute to the local community in Gopeng through their service-learning project. The project is planned and led by students themselves. Students visit Temoh Orphanage and an Old Folks’ Home, to provide assistance and to learn to put themselves in the shoes of others.

“There was a language barrier between me and the elderly and it was hard to communicate, but I could still make small talk with the little bit of Mandarin I know,” says a Secondary 3 student Goh Jun Hao.