Tanzania trip gives pupils new perspective on life

A group of 22 Bourne Grammar School pupils spent four weeks on a Camps International expedition to Tanzania this summer, where they worked on community projects, learnt to scuba dive and went on safari
A group of 22 Bourne Grammar School pupils spent four weeks on a Camps International expedition to Tanzania this summer, where they worked on community projects, learnt to scuba dive and went on safari

A group of 22 school pupils went on a life-changing trip to Tanzania.

The teenagers from Bourne Grammar School returned from the four-week Camps International expedition in Africa with a fresh outlook.

While in Tanzania, they worked on community projects that included seaweed farming, house building and clearing a water hole for wildlife.

Owen Raffan, 16, of Ryhall described the trip as “truly life changing.”

He said: “I particularly liked getting my hands dirty on the project work,”

The pupils had worked hard throughout the last year to raise money to be able to make the trip.

Rachel Richardson, 17, from Bourne, said: “All the projects we undertook were so rewarding and we could see first-hand the difference we were making to the communities.”

As well as working on community projects, the pupils were offered the chance to complete PADI open water scuba course in the reefs of the Indian Ocean.

They also experienced a safari and camped in the foothills of Mount Kilmanjaro.

Teacher Mark Heslop, who accompanied the group, said: “As well as fully immersing themselves in the African culture, the students picked up the title of The Dream Team from the director of Camp Tanzania due to their work ethic when completing the projects.”