Northbridge students had the privilege once again to travel to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, to take part in Nord Anglia’s Global Campus Worldwide Expeditions program. 7 students from 10th and 11th grade along with 2 teachers set out on January 17th 2017, for a 9 day expedition and returned with fascinating stories, and an incredible appreciation of the community service taking place by Nord Anglia students in Northern Tanzania. Moreover, students built confidence, leadership skills and critical thinking skills through interacting with other students and from learning about the United Nations sustainable development goals. They also developed their IB learner profile in regards to risk taking, caring and open-mindedness.
While on the expedition, our students stayed at the exquisite Nord Anglia owned, Shamba Kipara Camp, and were able to meet and collaborate with students from two of our sister schools, British International School Houston (USA) and British International School Puxi, Shanghai (China). This experience enabled students to not only network with other students from Nord Anglia schools around the world, but it encouraged them to become more internationally minded. Their collaboration with students from other schools allowed NISC students to shine and become confident leaders.
Some of the highlights of the expedition included spending two days in a local village helping a local family. Northbridge students built a goat shed, a solar lighting system, and a smokeless stove. Students were astonished by the poverty and quality of life present in the village, but were inspired by the family’s enthusiasm and appreciation for the work they had completed in their houses. Students also worked extremely hard in building the foundation for a local primary school that all Nord Anglia schools are constructing. The construction process was very difficult and challenging for our students but they came away with an appreciation of being part of a collective experience within the Nord Anglia family of 43 schools, and were proud of being able to complete one part of an entire school. Furthermore, during the community service, our students loved interacting with the local primary school children playing football and learning about their lifestyle and communicating in the local language, Swahili.
Finally our students had an amazing experience at the African Safari, in Tarangire National Park. They took fascinating pictures of the wildlife such as, lions, elephants, giraffes and zebras, and were able to learn about the wildlife for expert park rangers. They camped overnight inside the park, and woke up to a breathtaking African sunrise. The students left Tanzania with great memories and new friendships, and are excited to share their stories with the greater NISC community in Phnom Penh.