Monks’ Dyke students visit Africa

FOURTEEN students from Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College, Louth, accompanied by teachers Nick Barton and Sarah Beaumont and an exhibition leader from World Challenge, travelled to Mozambique and Swaziland during July and August to experience southern Africa first–hand.

During their stay they helped a project to build a school for vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the tiny village of Zembe. The Headteacher of the school was full of praise for the group, thanking them for ‘answering the call to come all the way down here, hold hands with us and confront the challenges of the jungle’.

They climbed the highest mountain in Mozambique, Mount Binga, trekked through Ngwempisi Gorge in Swaziland, went on safari in the beautiful Gorongosa National Park and snorkelled with giant whale sharks and manta rays plus got a close encounter with a pod of hump-back whales. Student Katie Wilson said: “The trip has given me independence and made me appreciate things I have in life. I would recommend the trip to anyone as it was a once in a lifetime opportunity”.

Plans are in place for the next expedition, to Cambodia and Thailand in 2014.