Over the past three weeks, 17 Radleians have been in Tanzania on a fantastic trip that included the climbing of Mount Kilimanjaro and a week teaching to students at Gehandu Secondary School to name just two of the activities.
Summiting Kilimanjaro was the challenge that occupied the first week of the trip. 12 of the group made it to Gilman’s Point following a 7.5 hour final climb through the night at an elevation of roughly 5700m above sea level. Of this group, 5 boys made it on to reach the summit at Uhuru Peak (5895m). Following the Kili climb, there were a couple of days on safari, with some amazingly close encounters with lions and elephants most memorably.
The final week involved the boys delivering a series of lessons to students at Gehandu Seconcondary School. The lessons covered a range of topics from Biology to Civics and English. It was great to see how funds from Radley have made such a huge difference to the quality of life at the school, for example the recent installation of a water tank and pump meaning that students no longer have to carry water in buckets.
As well as teaching, Radleians also spent time showing students how to use the newly installed computers and participated in a debate with their pen pals from Gehandu. One of the highlights was also the closely fought football match between the two schools. Overall, it was a brilliant experience and involved many elements that the boys will remember for years to come.