Our Year 10s have arrived safe and sound after a delay on their second flight. They have all settled into their tents and are ready for a nice chilled out afternoon while waiting for the other schools to arrive.
We all met up at the school by 10:30pm on Saturday, all of us sleepy but buzzing with excitement. We departed at 2:30am from DXB Terminal 1. Before we took off, we swapped seats around to sit next to who we wanted to. The 5 hour flight felt more like an 8 hour flight. We then landed in Nairobi and had to rush to catch our next flight, even though there was no need due to a delay. When we eventually reached the Kilimanjaro airport, we were all dead tired from travelling and waiting. On the way to the camp, we saw what life was like for most Tanzanians - a farming lifestyle where you tend to cattle all day and the amount of animals you own translates to your wealth. Upon arrival at the camp, we unpacked, had lunch and toured the camp.
Daniel Hurley 10SOR
PS: The fourth photo shows Mrs Connolly shortly after failing miserably at her life guard training.
Today we went on a short hiking trip around the local area. We saw how the locals live, what they do when they are sick and saw some primary school students. The Witch Doctor showed us all the herbs she has and which ones to take for different sicknesses. We were accompanied by 2 local tour guides and 3 teachers. We then went for lunch surrounded by banana trees. The food was great. After lunch, we split into 3 groups and parted ways. We went to different houses to help families where the husband had died and one person was left to care for lots of children with no income. We were then again split into 2 groups - 1 group building a goat shed and the other building a stove out of sustainable resources. A tiring but really interesting day that made us all realise how lucky we are.
Livvy Tomlinson 10SOR
Today we did our school service which involved brick laying, plastering, and smashing up rocks with a sledgehammer (though this was mostly Mr Malcolm!). We were told, "This is going to be really hard" by Victoria, our group leader, but we didn't believe her. We got to the site, a government primary school, and our task was to build accommodation for the teachers as they have to walk for over an hour in the heat every morning to get to school. I did brick laying, and let me tell you, it is a lot harder than it looks. I also mixed sand and cement powder, which was interesting. The technique was like this: we made a cake and then added the icing sugar, then made two mountains and then made one mountain from the two, to then make a volcano, all to make cement! After doing that for sometime, we went and ate lunch at a children's centre. The food was great and we played Ring a Ring o'Roses with a little local girl. After this we went back to camp, with a lot less energy, and continued on ...and on...and on! There was a really nice moment when one of the students from Champittet School sent his drone up to film us at work and all of the students in the school came running out to see what it was! Judging by their reaction I'm certain they'd never seen one before. They probably thought it was a UFO! We finished by cleaning all the equipment and carrying it all back to the store. We then headed back to camp with a few tired, sunburnt builders and a lot of satisfaction and pride about what we had done. Mhairi Winfield
Funny thoughts of the day from Mrs Connolly's group:
Livvy: More cement ended up on me than on the wall...
Fraser: I got caught in a cement storm..
Oisin: I got so scared because I saw a spider that I laid a brick.
Sabrina: I nearly got Tom's foot stuck with cement
Lisa: I had a nice trip...over a pile of bricks
Andrea: Today I laid bricks, chucked cement at Tom and made cement... But I especially had a hot shower at the end of the day.
Tom: Andrea chucked cement on me
Mr Malcolm's group is on safari so photos will follow.