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Dumfries High staff and pupils in African adventure.

In July and August of 2019 a group of eight Dumfries High School students and their teacher embarked on the adventure of a lifetime, spending four weeks in Kenya.

The group travelled with Camps International and were teamed up with students and staff from Thorpe Academy in Newcastle to create Team Duma.

Over the course of four exciting weeks, the group completed project work helping locals in the areas they visited.

Some of these projects included beach cleans and production of coral trees to restore reefs, making bricks to build a new kitchen for a school in Tsavo, and digging watering holes for wildlife. The biggest challenge was spending a week renovating a classroom at Muhaka Primary School.

Team Duma ripped up and replaced a concrete floor by hand, plastered and painted classroom and outer walls, and upcycled existing desks.

The group also donated a large amount of supplies and equipment to the school for use in the coming year.

In between, the hard work the students got to enjoy the challenge of passing their PADI open water diving qualification.

They also went on safari, getting up close to amazing wildlife like bush babies, elephants and newly hatched sea turtles and learning about local culture in the towns and villages they visited.

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Publication:Dumfries and Galloway Standard (Dumfriesshire, Scotland)
Date:Sep 10, 2019
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