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Trip of a lifetime as Sir John Colfox School students travel to Kenya
A TRIP to Kenya proved to be the experience of a lifetime for a group of Bridport students.
The team of six from the Sir John Colfox School travelled to Africa in the summer holidays with Camps International to undertake a number of community projects.
They included helping to concrete a classroom floor – not an easy task in an area affected by extreme water shortages – deworming 121 goats, digging pits to plant trees, repairing elephant proof fences and building an adult education centre.
But it wasn’t all hard work.
The trip included a four-day PADI open water diving course and a bush adventure day that included training on identifying animals by their tracks, building shelters, archery and fire lighting.
A full day safari was a fitting end to the expedition.
“The trip was truly life-changing and a unforgettable experience for students,” said trip leader Dr Jo Clare.
“The students approached the project work in the local communities with a really positive attitude and great enthusiasm.
“They were incredibly hard working and a pleasure to travel with.”
The work in Kenya stretched the students both physically and emotionally and cemented very special friendships.
The students all felt it had been worth the two years of hard fundraising and would do the trip again if given the chance.
Michael Charnley, who was part of the group, said: “It is a really satisfying feeling to know that our group has helped a community.
“In Kenya they have so little but are also so happy. We take a lot for granted – unlimited water, electricity, tools and education to name but a few.
“The 18 months fundraising was hard work but so worthwhile.”
“All the students and the school would like to thank all those who supported and sponsored the trip and made it possible” said head teacher Kay Taylor.
“It was a fantastic opportunity for the students to do something that made a difference.”