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Kingshott goes Global

Published Friday 3rd of December 2010 01:40:45 PM

Perhaps a trip into 'darkest Africa' isn't everyone's idea of fun, but two weeks in South Africa certainly excited four children from Kingshott School in Hertfordshire who visited St. George's School in Port Elizabeth as part of an exchange programme between the two schools.

For the second year running, a group of children from St George's School and a group from Kingshott School spent two weeks hosting each other while sampling a very different life style. Cultural similarities and differences were embraced when the children went to school and enjoyed life beyond the classroom.

Having hosted four South African children in early September, and taking them to see some of the important tourist locations such as the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and Oxford Street as well as local attractions in St. Albans and Cambridge, it was now the turn of the UK based children to taste the exotic attractions in Africa. No trip to South Africa is complete without time spent in Cape Town, so a whirlwind seventy-two hours included a trip up Table Mountain, a township tour of Khayelitcha, a boat ride to Seal Island, a rugby match at Newlands and believe it or not, a swim in both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

Apart from the obvious exposure to a country very different from England, the personal learning and maturity gained by being away from home cannot be measured. The reciprocal value is undeniable. Viva Africa! Viva England!
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