Students have returned from a month-long, life-changing trip to Tanzania, undertaking much needed conservation work in local communities.
The trip, organised in association with Camps International, saw eleven students in Years 11-13 spending four weeks in different camps across the region, undertaking building work for local schools, completing a scuba diving course, going on safari, beach cleaning and taking part in cultural activities.
Students have spent the last two years fundraising the £4k each needed to take part in the trip. Their visit was further enriched with interaction with local communities. Students experienced a ‘water walk’ undertaken by village women multiple times a day to get supplies, tried out local recipes and helped plant banana trees, made paper out of elephant dung and visited the Maasai tribe in their villages.
Trip Leader and Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Hannah Brown, said of the trip: “We are extremely proud as Newton Abbot College to have been able to have provided this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students. It was an incredibly powerful, eye-opening experience and I couldn’t be prouder of our students for their dedication and hard work during their time abroad. This year’s adventure has been so successful that we are launching another trip to Costa Rica in 2020.”
Year 12 student, Eleanor Skinner added: “The trip was such an eye-opening experience. I really felt that I grew as a person throughout my time in Tanzania and the fundraising process really helped to boost my confidence in my abilities. It really taught me not to take things for granted; I have never appreciated a flushing toilet more!”