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College students enjoy month-long trip in Africa
11:31am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
A GROUP of sixth form students have return from a month-long expedition to southern Africa this summer.
The 15 students and two members of staff from Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, in Darlington, spent 30 nights camping in Botswana and Zambia, where they took part in community and youth events.
The team had spent two years fundraising to take part in the expedition, organised with the help of World Challenge, a youth development organisation.
Teacher Beccy Stannard said: “On arrival in Botswana, we were thrown straight in the deep end and wild-camped for five days in the Kalahari Desert with the Bushmen.
“We had to immediately adapt to having no running water, no showers and no toilets in the African heat. The Bushmen demonstrated how to survive in the desert, with a number of medicinal plants, and how to build a home out of branches.
“The Kalahari was followed by a mokoro ride down the Okavango Delta where once again we wild-camped amongst elephants, zebras, giraffes and hippos, cooking on an open fire and drinking Delta water.”
On leaving Botswana the group had a sunset boat safari down the Zambezi river, before travelling on to Zambia where they began their community project, building mud houses for under-privileged families.
Ms Stannard added: “The students enjoyed the challenge and all got stuck in without question.
“They worked incredibly hard both fundraising before the expedition and whilst we were there. They were excellent ambassadors for the college and it was definitely a life-changing experience.
“The staff and students would to thank everyone who supported them, without who the expedition could not have happened.”
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