Cutting firewood to raise funds for their African trip are Taieri College pupils (back, from left) Kristen Hackfath, Aleisha Adam, Nicola Lord, Sean McDonald, Finn Hodge, Isaac Knowles and (front, from left) Samantha Offen, Anna Gamble, Ashleigh Hammer and Kate Beattie. Photo supplied.
When a group of Taieri College pupils asked if they could go
on a school trip to Africa next year, the staff said, ''yeah
sure - but you have to organise it yourselves''.
So 25 pupils are doing just that.
They have split into two groups, and plan to go to Kenya and
Tanzania in June and July next year as part of a World
Once they reach Nairobi, the two groups will go their own
separate ways and follow their planned itineraries.
Taieri College tour co-ordinator Brenton Hackfath said
experiencing the culture and way of life of Kenya and
Tanzania would be a life-changing event for the pupils, but
they would also learn a lot before they even left the school.
The groups were in the process of ''nutting out'' where they
want to go, and coming up with a collective agreement on the
destinations, he said.
''Essentially, the idea is that the kids run it, and the
teachers and the World Challenge leaders go along as back-up,
in case things go pear-shaped.
''The kids choose their itinerary, the kids choose the
projects that they are going to work on while they're over
there - so they do some work with an orphanage or a school -
they have a challenge type of exercise like a trek, and the
last little bit involves some rest and relaxation - they have
a bit of a sight-see.
''I'd be surprised if they didn't want to do a safari at the
end of it.''
Mr Hackfath said a lot of the education was in organising the
''A major part of it is the life skill of learning how to
budget and learning how to organise where you're going, and
working with other people that you wouldn't normally work
The trip follows a similar World Challenge journey by 16
Taieri College pupils in 2012. They organised a successful
four-week educational expedition to Botswana and Namibia.
The pupils are among more than 7000 secondary pupils who
travel on expeditions every year to one of 50 destinations
around the world. Destinations include Africa, Asia, South
East Asia, South America and Central America.