Volunteer Abroad

Fundraising is well underway for the next annual Duke’s Sixth Form volunteer trip abroad.

Following on from previous adventures in Kenya, South Africa, Botswana and Sri Lanka, in October 2018, a group of Duke’s sixth formers undertook a volunteering trip to Kenya where they worked with charitable organisations to help make a difference to local communities.

As part of their challenge, they had to raise a total of £50,000 to cover the cost of their flights, food and accommodation and also made donations to the charities involved.

During their visit they volunteered in a local school that saves girls from FGM, planted trees and cleared weeds in a sustainable garden, painted local houses and municipal buildings, and helped to build roads. They also enjoyed a marathon football match against a local Kenyan team (with a narrow 11-10 defeat for Duke’s), a day of riding rafts down local white water rapids as part of a team building exercise and took in the local wildlife on safari where the highlight was observing 5 Cheetas chase down and kill a Wildebeest!

Mrs Towers, Head of Duke’s Sixth Form, said: “This annual trip abroad is a life-changing experience for students, enabling them to learn new skills and give them an insight into different cultures.”

Previously Y13 students from JBVI took part in a life-changing expedition to South Africa, Botswana and Zambia.

After hitting their target £25,000 fundraising target, they travelled to Gaborone, in the Academy’s link Diocese of Botswana to volunteer with community projects. The group visited St Peter’s Day Care Centre and worked with orphans and children suffering from HIV and Aids. They also cleared a playground damaged in storms and bought equipment for the school.

Working in 41oC heat they helped prepare the garden at Holy Cross Pre-School and supported patients at Holy Cross Hospice, clearing a fallen tree that had damaged patients’ rooms and tackling a bees’ nest.

Team Botswana member, Skye Grant, Y13, said: “Through meeting the teachers and children, many of whom are from hugely disadvantaged backgrounds, we came to appreciate the bigger picture of what life is like in Botswana and how people cope and thrive in the face of adversity.”

“This was the first time I’d ever been to Africa and it met all expectations. I had the best time with the best people and wouldn’t have changed it for the world.”

We visited:

Table Mountain and Robben Island, Chobe National Park Botswana, Victoria Falls in Zambia where we also tried out some white-water rafting in the Zambezi!

“A once in a lifetime trip!!! We all had the best time of our lives. Working in the day care centres with the children was an unforgettable experience!”