Even though the group was tired after our 20 hour journey, we were put to work the next day and every student and member of staff showed their commitment to the projects we were undertaking by working very hard. The work included brick making for local farm buildings, clearing grass and preparing foundations for a classroom that we would eventually build and making foundations for a new church for the community.
As well as working, our activities included visiting local schools, playing the local schoo’ls football team (unfortunately we lost) and a walk through the rural Kenyan communities that are yet to be really affected by western civilisation. This was a very humbling experience where we saw what life was really like on a day to day basis and we got to see how simple life was without TV, PlayStations and even electricity. We all took great joy in giving the local children pens, sweets or reading books and it was quite emotional to see how grateful each of the recipients of the gifts were. It really made you thankful for what we have back in England.
A trip to the Sweetwater Animal Reserve was the highlight of the trip for most of the touring party. As well as seeing both black and white rhino in the wild, Chimpanzees, Buffalo, Giraffes and Elephants, we also experienced seeing a lioness hunting zebra only 5 metres from our vehicle. Our guide told us that if we came every day for the next 2 months, it was unlikely we would see this again so we felt very lucky.
The final day of our adventure involved us putting on a barbecue for the whole community. The food was excellent and all very fresh. A lot of us tasted food that could only be compared to the food eaten on a ‘Bush Tucker Trial.’ It was again a humbling and emotional experience to exchange parting gifts at the end of the evening and take part in singing and dancing together as a community which we truly felt a part of.
All of us would like to thank everyone who made the trip possible. This includes the students’ parents, anyone who donated money at one of the bag packs, people who bought a cake at a cake sale or who bought a raffle ticket at one of the school events. Without your support and the support from Mr McNaughton and Mr Ip the trip would not have been able to take place and we wouldn’t have experienced the trip of a lifetime.