in the toilet and acclimatising to blistering heat were just
some of the challenges facing a group of 40 students from
Friends' School, Lisburn this summer as they spent a month in
southern Tanzania helping at a school in the village of Msosa.
The pupils left the comforts of home in
Lisburn in July to undertake the expedition through World
Challenge, a group who provide educational expeditions in the
developing world which teach life skills, stretch comfort zones
and expand minds outside the classroom.
pupils each raised the funds needed for their travel to Tanzania
through various fundraising initiatives, and collectively they
raised over £1,000 towards the project.
During their stay the pupils undertook vital
work around the school, helping to build a toilet block with ten
toilets for the 400 pupils, who had previously shared just two
The Friends' pupils also helped out by
painting an orphanage and teaching the children in Msosa Primary
in Tanzania the pupils carried out different tasks and trekked
across the country, whilst they also went on a safari to a
The pupils' first stop in Tanzania was Dar Es
Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania. One of the participants on
the project, Shannon Rainey, commented: "Taking the first steps
into this poverty-stricken city was a daunting experience for
everyone. Despite being the commercial capital of Tanzania, it
was rundown and with children asking us for money, it made us
acutely aware of our own comfortable lifestyles."
Speaking about their work at Msosa Primary
School Shannon said, "While the boys got stuck into the manual
labour of building a toilet block, the girls taught the village
schoolchildren, where we traded some basic English for an
introduction to Swahili. For many, this was the most rewarding
part of our trip."
The pupils were also treated to a two-day
safari in Ruaha National Park. Describing the trip, Shannon
explained: "We were not disappointed. We saw lions, giraffes,
elephants and even got to enjoy our lunch overlooking the hippo
"The trip for us was an unforgettable
experience," added fellow pupil's Jane McCarty and Sara-Louise
McCammond. "We feel we have gained a lot of independence and
learnt new things about a brilliant country. We would like to
thank anyone who was involved in helping us raising the money
for the trip."