After the end of term, a team of 24 students and 4 staff travelled to Kenya for a 2 ½ week expedition combining a mix of volunteering, medical work experience, high altitude trekking and safari. The trip was a great success allowing many opportunities for life-changing experiences which they will never forget. During the trip, the students documented their adventures in a group journal. Here is a summary of the Kenya trip by Risa, a student in 6.1: “This trip, I feel like I’ve really grown, gotten to know new people, put myself up for new challenges and faced hardships I’ve never faced before. Each and every memory I’ve made on this trip means so much to me and I will treasure all of the time I have spent with the Kenya team, peers and teachers. From teaching the most energetic, willing to learn, group of children, to watching surgeries, to climbing a whole mountain and watching animals up close, every second has been so meaningful. Looking back, I cried, I laughed, I ate and spent so so much lovely time with everyone. I would never trade these memories for anything. Now I have finally achieved something I can be MEGA proud of, and I have made my life 1000x more interesting. I can’t wait to share all of my stories and experiences when I go back home”. - The first phase of the trip was spent in the rural county town of Embu where the group stayed in a scout hut for just over a week. In the lead up to the trip the group had been raising funds for The Moving Mountains Trust charity which has been operating in Embu for about twenty years. In total they raised £9,600 from a combination of fundraising events and their own personal donations. These funds helped to support a range of initiatives in Embu and the charity organised a wonderful programme of activities for them which included:
- Teaching dental health to primary children in two schools.
- Spending time into both public and private hospitals where they were privileged to be able to watch numerous operations up close.
- Helped to run health clinics for the slum community.
- Visiting the Embu Centre for Street Children where they served lunch and interacted with many young local children.
- Food drops to the poorest families in the slums and a chance to learn about life in these communities.
- Renovation of two classrooms in St. Dominic’s Special School.
- Supporting the local football team run by the Rescue Centre, The Black Cats.