It was an exciting and productive summer holiday for some students from The Ilfracombe Academy.
Thirteen Year 9 students, led by their Year Head, Lisa Swailes Smith, spent fourteen days in Swaziland working for Challenge Ministries. On the one hand they had lots of fun, on the other they made positive contributions to the poor communities around Hawane Farm and at the orphanage at Bulembu that Jon Skinner, a former teacher at Ilfracombe Junior School, helped to establish.
At Hawane they enjoyed a jeep safari, getting up close to rhinos, lions and elephants, yet helped build a mud and stick house for a local woman; they enjoyed a 12 zip wire ride across a canyon yet painted a pre-school inside and out; they enjoyed a pizza evening with the local choir yet delivered food aid to poverty stricken homesteads.
At Bulembu they got to meet the children that The Ilfracombe Academy support financially and were buddied with students from the primary school. They experienced two days in a Swazi school with their buddies as well as fun activities such as sports and a birthday party; a highlight was a two day bush camp building shelters, cooking cakes on open fires, playing Catch the Flag in the pitch dark and even killing their own dinner!
A wonderful two weeks, tiring, eye opening and definitely life changing!
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