Life changing experience.
IN DECEMBER A GROUP of Y11 students visited Gambia along with the Box Youth Project, this has become an annual event with many students remaining involved even beyond their Farringdon days. Members of the news team who went have told us their best moments: Matt Cape - working at Kullukochi Community Pre-school, helping to paint a 100 metre wall and playing games with the children.
Anya Hughes - I will be affected forever by my Gambia experience; we got involved in a lot of cultural activities and helped out many people by distributing resources. I really hope to be involved in this project again.
Lucy Butler-Brown - We visited the only college in Gambia, the classroom conditions were shocking, a normal class size was about 60-70 students, they had only chalk boards and no computers. It made me feel so differently about what we have here. Class ages ranged from 18-30 in the same room; tthere was a nursery in the college and the babies were lay out on mats on the floor, so the women could go to college.
Emily Bell - Gambia was one of the most wonderful experiences I have had the chance to take part in. It was such an eye opener, I think I have a wider outlook on life now and a different respect for how much I have. One particular thing I remember is that the children from the pre-school remembered us even when they were just walking around the village.
Ewan Stead - Gambia had so many opportunities, so many different traditions. I enjoyed seeing the smiles on people's faces and the feeling of fulfilment and achievement when helping people; giving them the barest necessities was met with overjoyed expressions. Even though less fortunate the people were so positive and welcomed us with open arms.
Students in Gambia