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Students among those who worked to complete a house during their Camps International Kenya trip - View Full Size Image
Students among those who worked to complete a house during their Camps International Kenya trip
Students among those who worked to complete a house during their Camps International Kenya trip - View Full Size Image
Students among those who worked to complete a house during their Camps International Kenya trip
Students working on a school sign during their Camps International Kenya trip - View Full Size Image
Students working on a school sign during their Camps International Kenya trip
Some of the students who recently enjoyed a Camps International trip to Kenya - View Full Size Image
Some of the students who recently enjoyed a Camps International trip to Kenya
The Loreto College contingent arriving home from their Camps International trip to Kenya - View Full Size Image
The Loreto College contingent arriving home from their Camps International trip to Kenya
09/08/2018 LORETO STUDENTSí KENYA ADVENTURE

A group of ten students and one teacher from Loreto College spent the first month of the Summer holidays in Kenya, carrying out voluntary work as part of the Camps International project.

The students, who are all in Year 12 and Year 13, followed their GCSE and AS Level examinations with the month-long adventure.  They were accompanied by Loreto Maths teacher Mr Fearghal Collins.

Loreto’s Social Justice Co-ordinator, Mrs Lorraine McCool, introduced the project at Loreto College, and the students involved were all involved in 18 months of fundraising for the adventure, feeling that this gave them the opportunity of putting the Loreto value of being an agent of social change into practice in the most real terms. 

The trip probed to be the adventure of a lifetime for the students and Mr Collins.  A huge range of activities included a cultural exchange, sampling (and climbing to access) fresh coconut, helping to build a house and some scuba diving, in the first few days alone.  Other highlights of the trip included some relaxation time at Diani Beach as well as digging the foundations for a primary school, finishing the building of a house and handing it over to a family, repairing classroom walls and an outdoor sign in a school as well as exploring Kenya’s amazing landscapes and going on a safari expedition.  They also learned a lot about local culture, including learning some Swahili and some traditional African cookery; they also took part in conservation activities, as well as making many unforgettable new friends.  One memorable experience for sixth form student Conor was providing free haircuts for local residents!

Returning home to Coleraine at the end of July, the group really felt that they had made a difference and all agreed that whole experience proved completely unforgettable.  Accompanying teacher Mr Collins commented that he simply could not be prouder of our students, who had been wonderful ambassodors for Loreto College and for Northern Ireland.