Expedition to Ghana – The experience of a lifetime for Royal School students

Expedition to Ghana – The experience of a lifetime for Royal School students

18 September 2019

Having spent the past 18 months raising money and preparing for their trip of a lifetime, 23 students from Year 11 and 12 at The Royal School finally made it to Ghana, in West Africa, in July.

The students and accompanying members of staff worked with two different schools while they were in Ghana, Dornorgbor and The Lord’s Academy, teaching classes and working on building projects (making concrete bricks to build a perimeter wall and toilet block).

During the evenings, the group took part in a variety of activities to help them learn about Ghanaian culture. They visited Anloga market, walked through the village and surrounding countryside to the beach, saw ladies weaving traditional Ghanaian fabric by hand and were measured by the local seamstress for traditional African garments and learnt how to play a Mancala board game called Oware.

All members of the party had taken a second suitcase full of gifts, many of which had been kindly donated by the wider Royal School community. The pencils, paper, books and other stationery were given directly to the two schools and items of clothing and shoes were taken out into the community.

In the middle of the stay, the group embarked on an Adventure Weekend. Travelling to the Central region of Ghana, where we were taken on a tour of Cape Coast Castle and visiting Kakum National Park rainforest the following day.

Mr David Guest, staff member, said, “On our final day in the schools, we were given a warm send off, with much dancing, drumming and exchanging of gifts and handshakes. There is no doubt that for our young people, this trip was hugely enriching and a life-changing experience.”

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