Chesterfield College’s African Adventure has a big impact

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A group of 9 students and 2 staff have just returned from a volunteering expedition and trip of a lifetime with African Adventures to the coastal town of Woe in Ghana where they worked on projects that made a big difference for the local children, the community and to them.

Following a year of fundraising events, including a Santa Dash, a cycle to Africa fitness challenge and a quiz night, the team generated over £3000 to help them on their way to Ghana.

During their stay, the team worked alongside local people to renovate a building at Tegbi Primary School to provide a safe and comfortable environment for the children at to learn in. The construction projects included removing and replacing a roof, painting the interior and exterior of the building, relaying a floor and plastering.

Other students planned and delivered maths, English, science and art lessons to the Ghanaian pupils. In return, the children taught the group from the College songs and dances as well as a great deal about their spirit which students said made a big impact that will stay with them for years to come.

The headmaster and school pupils held a special ceremony to say thank you to the team for the work that they had carried out and for the donations of educational resources, toys and clothing that they had given.

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When Sports student, Emily Bottom returned from her African adventure she said:

“We were excited to learn about new cultures and work with the young people in Ghana but I don’t think any of us appreciated how much of an impact the trip would have on us before we went. We were really taken out of our comfort zone but it has helped us to understand different cultures and given us experiences we will never forget. The little orphan girl who came and fell asleep in my arms has made a big impression on me which has made me think very differently.”

Stuart Allen, Director of learning for the Health, Wellbeing and Society Directorate at Chesterfield College and main organiser of the trip said:

 “We are truly thankful to anyone who supported an event, donated prizes, and donated funds or their time to make this African Adventure become a reality. The work the volunteers did in Ghana leaves such a lasting footprint for the local people and also inspires the students to add value to their own communities.”

 “This kind of life-changing opportunity helps us to ensure our students can develop their knowledge, skills and experiences outside the classroom to make sure that they really stand out from the crowd. I know for some of the group it has helped them to get a clearer focus on the career they want to pursue after college.”

Chesterfield College is planning another African adventure next academic year to allow more students the chance to take part in such an inspiring and life-changing experience.