A Real Cultural Exchange in Tanzania
Friday, 16 August 2013
Twelve Year 10 girls experienced the trip of a lifetime when they headed out to East Africa to spend two weeks learning about life in Tanzania, particularly the Maasai culture, and helping out at the KCEM Education Centre.
You can read their regular blogs from their time in Tanzania here.
This is the second time Bolton School girls have been to visit Tanzania, thanks to the School’s connection with LivLife, a charity which has been set up by two old boys of the School, Max Griffiths and Sam Yates, to provide free education centres in villages of Tanzania. The project aims to give children and adults the skills they need to help break away from poverty and live by their own culture. It provides the country with help in English, French, computing, numeracy and literacy.
Whilst out in Tanzania, the girls helped out by painting signage for the main educational centre and enjoyed teaching the children English and playing games with them. They painted educational murals such as the alphabet and parts of the body in the two outreach centres that the school has, and completed a 20km round trip in the heat to reach one of these outreach centres! As part of the trip, they visited the Maasai Cultural Museum, and went on a day's safari to Ngorongoro Crater where they came face to face with lions, giraffes and many other animals. They even got to spend an evening as guests in a genuine Maasai Boma complete with a traditional Maasai barbecue! The trip allowed the girls to fully immerse themselves in African life and provided a real cultural exchange.
The girls were a credit to the school at all times during the trip and their excellent attitude and behaviour was commented on frequently by staff at KCEM Education Centre.