School life: North Halifax team worked hard in Tanzania

The two groups hiked over 4000 feet to the top of Mount Meru
The two groups hiked over 4000 feet to the top of Mount Meru

For four weeks during the summer holidays, thirty-two students and three staff took part in a Camps International expedition to Tanzania. In preparation for the trip, students took part in numerous fundraising activities and worked very hard to raise the money needed for the expedition.

The journey began in Moshi with students engaging in a range of cultural activities and spending time working on improvements to school buildings near to the cam we were staying in.

While staying at the first camp in Moshi, students learned how to make a local dish with beef and bananas. The students learned how the farmers prepare their land for planting banana trees and grow their crops. They also learned about how to peel and prepare the bananas and collect water from a local river in buckets on their heads.

The NHGS students also got to play football against some of the local school students and managed to do Mr Langhorn proud by gaining a 4-2 victory.

The next part of the journey involved going on safari and camping out in the bush. The party managed to see animals ranging from elephants to vultures and took part in bush crafts and learnt how to hunt, kill and cook their own prey.

From safari, the group moved onto the trekking phase of their expedition. This was the most gruelling phase of the journey and saw the group ascend 4,566 feet to the top of Mount Meru.

After trekking came the more sedate and serene surroundings of Camp Tanga. This saw students enjoy time by the beach and take part in projects to help the local community. This involved building mud houses, making school furniture and marine conservation.

Throughout the journey the students were a credit to the school and conducted themselves impeccably. All who attended will take away memories that will stay with them for the rest of their lives, and more memories will potentially be made in South America in 2018.