Students rise to the challenge on trip to Tanzania
In the summer 2017 a group of intrepid students (and a teacher) took part in the Godalming College 4 week expedition to Tanzania with True Adventure. The trip included scuba diving in Zanzibar with students obtaining their PADI Open Water certification. A safari and a 3 day trek in the Uluguru mountains, passing through several remote villages and beautiful waterfalls!
Two weeks were spent doing project work at two different schools. Students were involved in rebuilding part of a building that had fallen into disrepair. With the help of a local “fundi” (Swahili for handyman) they rebuilt a large part of an external wall using locally sourced rocks, helpfully gathered by the school children, and re-floored another classroom. This work ensured that the remote village school now had the full use of an extra two classrooms.
Outside of the building work the school children were very eager to play, practice their English or simply watch what their new guests were doing. They proved to be experts in getting campfires started, despite the best efforts of all the team a 7 year old girl showed us how to get a fire started in seconds! The work was the start of what will prove to be a several years of effort to get the school running to the standard the village elder wants. Godalming College will be running another expedition to Tanzania with True Adventure as well as one to India in 2018.
Matt Toogood, who coordinates the expeditions says ‘The College’s yearly expeditions to destinations around the world give students the opportunity to discover different cultures and landscapes whilst helping the local community through meaningful project work which has long-lasting benefits. The students work together to plan their expeditions, gaining valuable skills they can take on to university and the world of work. It can be challenging at times but students grow in confidence and learn how to tackle things that they have never come across before.’