Trip to Africa will be an experience for Diss High School pupils

Lauren Armour, Freya Mckeating, Rebecca Hindle, Oliver Niblett and Rebecca Timson-Sheppard (not pict

Lauren Armour, Freya Mckeating, Rebecca Hindle, Oliver Niblett and Rebecca Timson-Sheppard (not pictured) will be travelling to Tanzania to help in charity projects. - Credit: Archant

Over the of summer 2017 five pupils from Diss High School will travel to Tanzania where they will help to improve the quality of life for local communities.

Between now and then each of the youngsters will be aiming to raise £4,000 which will pay for the trip and also some of the projects the pupils will be involved in.

Freya Mckeating, Rebecca Hindle, Lauren Armour, Oliver Niblett and Rebecca Timson-Sheppard will spend four weeks in the east African country as part of CAMPS International - which organises volunteer and school trips across the world.

The youngsters will help to build schools, make school furniture and help to paint classrooms.

Freya, 15, said it will help them to understand what life is like for those living in Tanzania.

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She said: 'I think the cultural difference will be a big eye opener. It will be nice to do the psychical volunteering and make a difference.'

So far the group have held a non-uniform day and will be doing a number of different fundraising events to reach their target.

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Rebecca Hindle said she is looking forward to the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

'It is something we will not be able to do again,' said the 15-year-old. 'I think it will give us a lot of experience.'

In addition to helping the Tanzanian locals, the pupils will be able to gain a scuba diving qualification and go on a safari.

Rachel Adams, head of geography at the school, added: 'They will receive a real understanding of the hardships of other people. It will help them to appreciate what they have and give them a better understanding of the world.'

The group is looking for businesses and people to sponsor them.

If you are interested contact the school on 01379 642424.

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