Tanzania Expedition 2013
Over the summer, 18 Chew Valley Students, accompanied by three members of staff, travelled to Tanzania to live and work in the country for a month. After landing in the busy port of Dar Es Salaam, the group travelled south to a village called Kimbiji, where they worked tirelessly to refurbish classrooms at the local primary school. Working with pickaxes and paintbrushes, the group dug-up and re-laid concrete floors before painting the tired classrooms, helping to improve the facilities at the rural school. Students spent ten days working with each other and students at the school, teaching English and sport in between the time spent on hard labour! The village welcomed the group with warmth and hospitality, teaching them how to cook local cuisine and welcoming them into the local church for a lively service of singing and dancing. Friendships were formed across the language barrier and students made great efforts to learn basic Swahili whilst teaching English as well.
After a successful time at the school, there was more hard work, as the group undertook a gruelling trek through the Uluguru Mountains, west of Kimbiji. Heading into the rainforest, out of range of satellites and mobile phones, students were led by the Tanzanian guides who introduced them to the flora and fauna of the beautiful landscape. Undoubtedly a highlight was the hike to a breath-taking waterfall, surrounded by banana trees and coffee bushes.
It wasn't all hard work though. The final stage of the trip was for rest and relaxation; three days spent on safari, followed by a much needed rest at the Bagamoyo beach resort, celebrating all they had achieved. Two years in the planning and fundraising, the trip to Tanzania has been hailed as 'the best thing I've ever done' by a number of the students involved; a truly memorable experience, a brilliant time was had by all!