Continuing with our range of Community based Service trips, GET recently organised another successful trip with the American School Doha, Qatar. The school sent an impressive 60 students to the beautiful African country of Tanzania, returning once again after several other trips to the country organised between GET and the school. The destination was the small town of Arusha in northern Tanzania where they participated in a large scale building and teaching project with a small local school in need of development – St Pius Elementary School. The project was prepared in advance over the past several months of planning with the buying of necessary materials to ensure the group literally came of their flight running!
On the project blue-print: building a classroom from the foundations up; plastering and painting several classrooms; and providing sports coaching and hand-crafts workshop to the children of the school. With 60 eager students on-site and specific tasks divided between the group, the project finally got underway. Over three exhaustive days the building project was a huge success, and the group left many smiling facings on the children and teachers of the school, who had also been keen to participate and assist where they could. The smaller group of students on the same trip, who offered their services in coaching the local school children various sports and arts and crafts, also had huge success with their activities.
To compliment the site development and interaction with the children, the American school also sent a teacher in advance of the trip to offer in-sevice training in ‘differentiation’ to the local teachers, and are currently planning to offer a similar, more extended programme in the summer this year.
After the challenge and hard work was over, it was time to enjoy the rest of Tanzania with a two day R&R (rest & relaxation) safari to the Ngoronogoro Crater, to see the Big 5 and experience the culture of this amazing country, visiting a local Maasai Boma (village), where they took part in local traditions, particularly the famous Maasai dancing! They also visited the working plantation and beautiful hotel Gibbs Farm for a tour and lunch. A fantastic one night stay in the famous Sopa Lodge overlooking Ngorongoro Crater was the icing on the cake for a well-deserved group of students and teachers.
A successful trip all-round and a fantastic job well done! The group are hoping to return to the same school next year to continue their relationship with the school. A big thank you to the school, students and teachers from us here at GET and the community of St Pius School of Arusha!