During the summer holidays a group of students and Miss McMullan our Maths teacher travelled to Kenya to undertake some conservation work. Our main project was working on a library in a Muslim school where the children have nothing and yet they aim for everything. I found them wiser than I could ever hope to be. It wasn’t just hard work – we all learned to scuba dive gaining a qualification as part of the PADI course. We are now allowed to scuba dive anywhere in the world and what we experienced in the deep was truly as if it came out of Blue Planet itself.
The experience bonded the group into our own family unit by the end of the trip. If you thought seeing an elephant or giraffe in a zoo was impressive then driving past them in a truck became natural in Tsavo with each animal different than the last. The highlight of the safari was definitely seeing three male juvenile lions as close as 5 meters. The memories of those moments and the relationships we forged will remain with each of us forever and I would urge that if you ever have the chance to explore a country and make a difference, then just go for it!
Thanks must go to Miss McMullan who made it all possible.
Juliet Salter, Year 13