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ACS Egham students return from life changing expedition to Tanzanian school

Published Monday 6th of January 2014 11:23:59 AM

Travelling to The Voice Secondary School in Arusha, Tanzania, students volunteered to help renovate classrooms and assisted in lessons. The Voice Secondary School provides a safe education for all Tanzanian youth, in particular albino children who are often neglected and ostracized.

Living in basic camp conditions, ACS Egham students worked in teams to commence the foundation work for extra classrooms for the new school. In addition to the construction work, students were involved sports, language lessons, lighting initiatives, first aid and visited a local orphanage.

ACS Egham originally intended to travel to Bingwa Primary school in Kenya, for the final year of it's five year programme to help renovate and relocate the school buildings from their previous site on top of an old saw mill to more solid foundations. For safety reasons, after the recent troubles in Kenya, the school had to divert the trip to Tanzania. However a donation of £13,000, raised through a variety of events and activities throughout the year, was sent to the Kenyan school for the construction of toilets and a last block of classrooms.

ACS Egham PE teacher, Lyndal Tonkies, co-leader of the African expedition commented:

'Every year we take a mixture of students who have been on the annual expedition before and first timers, but this year it was new for everyone. All the students worked incredibly hard, getting stuck in with every task given to them, some of which were far out their comfort zone. It was an unforgettable expedition for us all.'

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