Tanzania Expedition 2014

At the beginning of the summer, 21 of us were fortunate enough to visit to Tanzania for two weeks; it was an unforgettable experience.

Our time was packed full of activities from swimming in the freezing cold Marangu falls, to climbing 3,820 metres through the clouds to the top of Little Meru. In the first week we completed four days of community service where we dug a 65 metre long trench ready to lay down pipes for a new toilet block - the primary school only had four toilets for 500 children, the new block will provide around 20. We also built nearly 100 desks and the children were so grateful and helped us at every opportunity they could. We also spent time with the them playing games, which was a great way to end our community service.

In the final week we climbed Little Meru which wasn’t easy, but the view from the peak was amazing, especially as we could see Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. We then went on safari where we saw lions, hippos, elephants and much more!

One of the main highlights for me was the culture nights, they were very interactive as everyone got involved with the tribal dancing - even Mr Perkins and Mr McDonagh, which was very entertaining! We also learnt about the tribe’s culture and traditions. Visiting the local orphanage was sad but the children were really well looked after, we brought skipping ropes, balloons, balls etc. which the children loved playing with.
To finish the trip we went out for a lovely meal. It was sad to be going home but I have so many good memories which I will never forget. If you get the opportunity to go on the Tanzania trip I would definitely recommend it, we all had a really fantastic time!

Lauren Mercer
Upper Sixth

Independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 - 18 in Somerset