In the build-up to the expedition, our students enthusiastically contributed to discussions, challenges and webinars in the Global Classroom online community. They learnt about the culture, traditions, geography and economy of Tanzania, as well as the Millennium Development Goals and the role of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
Also prior to their departure, our students did a lot in our community to fundraise for this initiative. One of the largest of these fundraisers was the BISB Choir Concert, with special guest Erika Albero from Spanish X-factor as lead singer. Tickets sold out very quickly, and the success of the concert still echoes in the auditorium! Other fundraising initiatives included the very popular video game competition, numerous bake sales, as well as the stall set up at the Christmas Fair, selling boxes and cards - and they sold fast!
During their time in Tanzania, our students lived and worked together in Arusha to develop their understanding of life in Tanzania. Our students experienced a range of activities which gave them insight into the diverse and vibrant culture of Tanzania and supported learning in the local community, working directly with the Maua School to renovate the school buildings and teach local pupils aged from 4 to 16 years old.
In addition to supporting the community, the expedition also helped our students develop as high performance learners. Professor Deborah Eyre, Education Director, commented, "In Tanzania, they had to adapt to unusual circumstances, collaborate, cope with adversity, think creatively and flexibly, and learn from different perspectives. All of which help them to develop as global citizens.”
Every student who participated in the expedition left with a passion to change something; a drive to make a difference. Our students particularly commented on the fact that this trip for them was, "a real eye-opener," and something which taught them a lot about themselves, their strengths and weaknesses as individuals, and has helped them value friendships in a very different light.
Returning back to their schools as Ambassadors for Africa, they are now working with the whole school community to initiate a campaign for action, building understanding of life in Africa and strengthening links with their new friends in Arusha.