Perth Glory and Football West SEDA student Jamie Sutton was one of eight students to return from Cambodia on a student-driven program giving back to remote communities.
Students were involved in building a classroom at a local school and had the opportunity to run Perth Glory Skills and ALDI MiniRoos coaching clinics.
SEDA also donated football equipment including balls, cones and bibs to ensure children in these schools continue to have the opportunity to play the game.
Sutton, who also completed a workplace placement with Football West said the experience was invaluable for his learning.
“My personal highlight was running a soccer clinic to the school students, it is amazing that we were unable to talk in the same language but put a football on the floor and we can communicate by playing.” he said.
The students began planning for the trip in February where they took part in fundraising initiatives to help fund the project.
The funds raised were enough for students to build a new outdoor classroom for 850 students.
The school project lasted five days where the SEDA students worked directly alongside the local community to build the classroom.
“Travelling to Cambodia and interacting with the local communities in remote areas was fantastic,” Sutton said.
“It was a great opportunity to engage with people who are disadvantaged and do not have the basic school materials or foundations that we come to take for granted back at home in Perth.”
SEDA students were also able to purchase 400 books, 300 pens, a new principals desk and donate two laptops. The SEDA students’ uniforms were also donated.
The trip was planned, run and reviewed by the SEDA students and will take place in Vietnam in 2018.