As part of the IB Diploma CAS Programme, some of Ascot’s Year 12 and 13 students had the opportunity to visit Mae Sot on an Operation Smile mission this past week.
Operation Smile is a charity organisation that the school raises money for throughout the academic year. They provide free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children. During the trip, students spent most of their time at the hospital, interacting with patients on the ward and learning about the patient’s situations. This had a huge impact on students and was quite emotional, with students reflecting on their own privilege and lives.
Students also went into surgery and witnessed the various operations, a great opportunity for aspiring doctors and dentists. In the evening, the local culture and beauty of the region was explored with excursions to night markets and waterfalls. It was a truly memorable, impactful trip that will aid in our students becoming compassionate citizens who want to make a difference to the local and global community.