Students invited on a trip of a lifetime

Students are being invited to sign up to be part of a trip of a lifetime to Africa where they can learn new skills.

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Camps International officials are asking people in Year 9 and 10 to put their names down to travel to Kenya for a month in July 2021.

They will be taken on a four-day safari, go scuba diving for four days and volunteer in the local community for 20 days. During the scuba activities students will get the chance to gain their Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) scuba qualification which means they can dive anywhere in the world.

Trina O’Connor, teacher at Pool Academy, has been on a similar trip to Cambodia and is hoping for a large group of students to sign up.

She is holding a parent presentation meeting tomorrow night (October 2) in the MU2 at 6pm.

She said: “It is a life changing experience and totally enriching. It is really worth it.

“I encourage as many people as possible to come. If anyone has any doubts at all, come along to our meetings and we can iron them out.”

The trip will cost individuals £4,320 but students have two years to raise the funds.

Miss O’Connor will be holding a fundraising event on Wednesday October 9 at lunchtime in DT3.

Over the summer a Year 11 student took part in the Camps International trip and travelled to Tanzania.

She said: “Going on the trip has given me more confidence and made me more aware of what we take for granted – the little things like a hot shower, a bed, having your own space in the house.

“The trip went so quickly. I want to go back. I have the travel bug now.”

Christiana Richardson