Over the summer holidays 31 of our year 10 and 11 students travelled to Zanzibar to carry out a volunteering project with African Adventures, a travel organisation that matches volunteers in the UK with community projects in developing areas of the world.
The year 10 and 11 students who went on the trip each raised an amazing £2000 through a number of fundraising efforts such as raffles, supper clubs and even a concert. The money they raised helped to fund the work that they carried out at Fuoni School, located in the centre of the island, where our students helped primary school children to improve their English skills as well as helping them with subjects such as basic maths.
Trip leader, Mr Ewens, said, “This has been a wonderful opportunity for our students to make a difference to the lives of children not as fortunate as ourselves. It has exposed them to a different culture, with different values, and they have grown as people because of it. It has been the most amazing, yet heart-rendering & moving experience, and will stay with them for ever.”
Year 11 student, Victoria, said:
“Zanzibar 2018 was by far the best trip that I’ve ever been on. Not just because of the gorgeous white beaches or the perfect turquoise sea, but because it was an experience that changed who I am as a person. When I left Blatch at 2am that morning, I really didn’t know what to expect. I had never left Europe before, I had only been on holiday without my parents once before, and I definitely did not have any teaching experience. However, something within me urged me to go, and it was honestly the best experience ever. I was first met by beautiful children and their families, grinning and waving and dancing as our coach drove along their road. But the best part was teaching in Fuoni School. The children there were so eager to learn and get it right, and they were so excited to see us arriving at their school every day. I even managed to get them incredibly excited about the height, length and width of a cube! Their joyfulness has definitely had an impact on me, and now I want to go on as many volunteering trips as possible in my lifetime. I want to see the rest of the world. I want to make so many people smile. I want to infect the world with happiness and make it a better place. Just because of this trip. It’s been two months since the trip and I still talk about it every single day to my friends (I think they’re sick of hearing about it by now).
I would go back right now if I could.”
We’d like to say a huge well done to all of the students and staff who travelled to Zanzibar – the trip was clearly a life-changing experience for everyone involved. We’d also like to thank everyone who kindly donated to our students’ fundraising efforts and made this incredible trip possible.