Bridgnorth Endowed School has embarked on a new partnership with Camps International to offer students a life-changing opportunity to go on a four-week expedition to Kenya, during the summer of 2020.
The organisation, which delivers award-winning volunteer trips to Africa, Asia and South America, came into school last month, to run a series of presentations and meetings that inspired five students to sign up for the experience.
In July of next year, Lara Gunby, Isabelle Humfrey, Zara Walker and Anthony Simpson, all from Year 10, together with Alfie Bagnall from Year 9, will be heading off to Kenya to roll up their sleeves and try to make a difference.
The five will be living and working alongside rural communities, and will get involved with building and conservation projects, which could include adding new school classrooms, installing water facilities, and working on animal protection initiatives.
During their month away, students will also tackle a 4 to 5-day mountain trek through stunning landscape, travelling across open savannah’s and equatorial rainforests to reach the summit of Mount Kenya.
Isabelle comments: “I’m particularly looking forward to the community project, which may be working with children at the school. It’ll be exciting to see animals in the wild, especially the elephants.”
Anthony adds: “I’m really interested in protecting animals and am strongly against poaching. I’m also keen to see African culture first-hand.”
The next step is for the students to throw themselves into a fundraising campaign, as they will need to raise around £4,000 each to cover the cost of their transport, accommodation, kit and vaccinations.
Head of Humanities at Bridgnorth Endowed, Mr Clayton, will be leading the programme. He concludes: “This will be an amazing experience for the students, a chance to develop new skills and values, encounter a different culture and embrace new challenges.”
“It will be an opportunity to give something back and to appreciate anew what we enjoy in the West. It will be a great adventure!”