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Monday, 01 August 2011
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 LivLife Meserani Education Centre.
You can read their regular blogs from their time
in Tanzania here.
Before heading off on their trip, the girls forged strong
friendships with the Maasai via a Skype link up in their Geography
lesson and through sending learning materials to help the
tribespeople improve their English. Two Old Boys from the
School, Max Griffiths and Sam Yates, set up the LivLife Centre
several years ago and it provides courses in English, French,
Computing, numeracy and literacy. This free education is
available to local people, mainly Maasai, who missed their formal
education in their younger years.
Whilst out in Tanzania, the girls helped out at the centre
teaching the children and playing games with them, and assisting in
the organisation of a Sports Day. They got to know members of the
Maasai tribe and their elders and helped to build a traditional
Maasai hut. The trip provided a real cultural exchange and allowed
the girls to fully immerse themselves in African life. 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 the night as guests in a genuine Maasai Boma!
During the trip, one of the girls, Scarlett Tankard, said: "I do
miss home, but I could equally stay out here forever, it has
honestly been the best trip of my life", a sentiment echoed by all
the girls lucky enough to experience it. Speaking of helping to
build the hut and meeting a village elder and his family, Jenny
Pearson said: "We are all having a brilliant time here in Tanzania
and it will definitely be a memorable trip. Many have said
today has been the best day so far, however, we are all looking
forward to what tomorrow may bring."
See more photos from the trip
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