« We left the school at 4:30am on a Sunday before heading to Geneva. After two long flights, we arrived at Kilimanjaro International Airport at around 10pm before driving to Shamba Kipara Camp. We were divided into two groups and went to sleep in our tents, where we had a nice (and well deserved!) sleep.
The next morning, when we woke up, when heading to breakfast, we could already feel the warm temperature, much different to the weather we had back in Switzerland the day we left, a difference of about 30-35°C ! We got into our groups and drove to a school so we could start building a house for teachers. In fact, teachers in Tanzania do not have the choice of where they teach, some have to walk 20km per day only to go to school to teach! That seriously affects the way of teaching, they are tired and want to go home earlier, so our job was to make those teachers’ lives easier by building a house to host them next to the school. We laid bricks on the house and plastered the bathrooms for two whole days in the sun: it was important to wear hats and drink at least 2.5 litres of water per day! At lunch, we went to eat at the Seeway orphanage, where we got to meet really lovely children!
The two days that followed were an experience: we went to visit Tarangire National Park! We arrived there after a 3 hours drive in an enormous open roof truck and laid our tents before going on a 4 hours safari: We had the chance to see elephants, lions, impalas, zebras, giraffes... A great experience to sleep in a tent in the savannah! Some said they heard lion roars at night, or seen an elephant passing by…
At 5pm the next day, we headed back to camp and took a well deserved shower!
We spent the last two days in the house of a family in need. They had no electricity and very few belongings. With our help, they now have two smokeless stoves, a goat with a handmade shed and solar lights!
During this week, we all made a lot of new friends as there were students from other Nord Anglia schools: Dubai (NAS) and Bangkok (St. Andrews). The hardest thing in this trip wasn’t to build a house or to build a shed, but to say goodbye to what we considered family for a week. If I could do this again, I definitely would! »
Victoria, 13th IB
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