Students from Derbyshire have made a big difference to children in Africa during a volunteering expedition and trip of a lifetime.
Nine students and two members of staff from Chesterfield College worked alongside local people to renovate a building at Tegbi Primary School in Ghana.
The projects included removing and replacing a roof, painting the interior and exterior of the building, relaying a floor and plastering.
Other students planned and delivered maths, English, science and art lessons.
In return, the children taught the group from the college songs and dances.
Sports student Emily Bottom said: “We were excited to learn about new cultures and work with the young people in Ghana but I don’t think any of us appreciated how much of an impact the trip would have on us before we went. We were really taken out of our comfort zone but it has helped us to understand different cultures and given us experiences we will never forget. The little orphan girl who came and fell asleep in my arms has made a big impression on me which has made me think very differently.”
The college team raised more than £3000 towards the trip by a year of fundraising events, including a Santa Dash, a cycle to Africa fitness challenge and a quiz night.
Stuart Allen, director of learning for the Health, Wellbeing and Society Directorate at Chesterfield College and main organiser of the trip said: “We are truly thankful to anyone who supported an event, donated prizes, and donated funds or their time to make this African Adventure become a reality. The work the volunteers did in Ghana leaves such a lasting footprint for the local people and also inspires the students to add value to their own communities.”
Chesterfield College is planning another African adventure next academic year.