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Countdown to Tanzania

23 February 2016

Thirty more days until we officially leave for Tanzania and we could not be more excited for this incredible opportunity! 

On March 24th, we will be saying goodbye to China and hello to Tanzania. As excited as we are now, we are currently trying to get as organized as possible - getting our vaccinations, handing in required documents, but most importantly, raising lots of funds! Many of our students have sacrificed weekends, lunch times, week nights, in order to sell as many goods as we can possibly sell. Nonetheless, we still have a long way to go, but below are things we are currently working on:

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Continuing to raise funds through bake sales

We are prepared to hold more and more bake sales in upcoming school events, as baked goods are always a good idea to get everyone's attention. These bake sales will be held during the upcoming parent evenings and sports events; however, our main target is the school production of Beauty and the Beast. 

Planning and carrying out a sponsored run

​Hopefully, we will be able to carry out a sponsored run of 210km - the base circumference of Mt Kilimanjaro - split between the students on the team. Though some of us may be more physically active than others, we will all be making contributions in order to work collaboratively. However, this will be an extremely challenging task for us, but we are hoping that the hard work will pay off.

Designing t-shirts for the trip

Every participating Nord Anglia school was asked to design a t-shirt for the expedition, with the most creative and appealing t-shirt winning a prize of a goat, which they would then be able to name and donate to a family. This is an exciting opportunity for us to get creative and design a one-of-a-kind shirt and we look forward to seeing the final result!

Selling coffee

Since Tanzania is well known for its coffee, some of our parents are ordering and selling Tanzanian coffee, which is available for order through this link:

Each bag of coffee costs 100 RMB and 50% of sales will go towards the expedition.

If we were asked what we were most excited about for this expedition, it would probably be to firstly, to even set foot in the great continent of Africa, but also to experience their culture and traditions, something many of us have never done before. Though living in an international environment has already encouraged us to be open-minded, living the experience will be something completely new. But more importantly, we look forward to the interactions with the kids, and the contributions we will be able to make in their environment and in their lives. This service element of the trip is what will make this journey extraordinary as we aren't only going there to experience a completely different lifestyle, but we also get to help the kids in Tanzania in any way possible. 

Another crucial part of this trip is the Global Campus and Nord Anglia, since we will not be the only school going on this trip - we will have the chance to meet new faces and make new friends of all nationalities and cultures that live all around the world, who also attend a Nord Anglia school just like us. The Global Campus has allowed us to interact with other students before the trip, preparing for memories that will last a lifetime. 

We can't quite get out heads wrapped around the fact that we will be setting off for Tanzania in precisely a month! We are all thrilled to embark on this journey and we hope that you can follow along with us on what will be an amazing experience.

By Alice Lindquist and Sammi Huang, 12B