Kind-hearted students prepare to help others in Tanzania

Some of the students hoping to travel to Tanzania with Julie Lax from Camps International

Some of the students hoping to travel to Tanzania with Julie Lax from Camps International

Kind-hearted students from Pool Academy plan to travel to Tanzania to help others less fortunate than themselves.

The group has signed up to spend four weeks in East Africa in July next year with Camps International. They will be living in rural communities and helping with local projects such as building classrooms, community centres or protecting wildlife.

There will also be a three-day trek through the tropical forests of the Usambara Mountains.

The trip in 2019 will cost thousands of pounds and students are now looking to come up with a number of fundraising ideas.

Henry, Year 10, said: “Going on a trip like this is something that has always been in my heart. I want to help people struggling.

“Every time I see children in need I see how they are struggling and I realise how lucky I am for what I have got.

“I am excited and nervous about the trip. I am nervous about the amount of money I have to raise for the trip. My mother and I are making jewellery to help raise cash towards it.”

Leah, Year 10, said: “I am looking forward to going to Tanzania. I would like to do something like this when I am older. I think it will be a good eye opener for me.”

Rebekah, Year 11, said: “I want to go and help people. I am looking forward to the experience.”

Will McKenzie, Pool Academy teacher, said: “This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for this group of Pool Academy students to travel and work on real local improvement projects in Tanzania.

“We wish them all the best for their fundraising effort and the expedition in summer 2019.”

Julie Lax, from Camps International, said: “We have got seven travelling students from Pool Academy which is absolutely fabulous. These students will have an amazing time and it will give them a chance to really experience a whole different culture and environment.

“It will be four weeks away in July 2019 but it is 18 months beforehand full of fundraising and independent thinking, writing letters and make the decision on finances. So it is not just four weeks; there will be 18 months of personal development before they go.”

If anyone has any unwanted gifts of raffle items to help with fundraising please bring them into school reception.