Day 1 - Thursday 6th July

Welcome to the first of our daily updates.

Over the next two and a half weeks, you will be able to see text and images from the journey of 11 members of Humphry Davy School’s Interact group and the four accompanying members of staff as they travel initially to Rwanda to meet fellow Interact members who live and work in the city of Kigali. On Sunday 9th July, the group will travel over the border into Uganda and settle into the town of Kisoro in South Western Uganda.

They will then spend two weeks teaching, learning, making new friends and experiencing life in a different culture at Humphry Davy’s African partner school which is The Vision School in Kisoro, Uganda. On Saturday 22nd July, the group will travel north into the beautiful Queen Elizabeth National Park where they will enjoy a couple of days of luxury at the Mweyeh Lodge safari Hotel which overlooks the Kazingha Channel. These two days of fine dining and indulgence will be interspersed with a game drive out onto the savannah and a cruise along the water channel where students will get up close and personal with elephants, hippos, crocodiles, storks and many other African animals, before travelling home via Kigali on Tuesday 25th July.

At the time of writing we are sitting at Gatwick waiting to board our flight and we will wake up tomorrow morning in Africa! We filled the school minibus and trailer to overflowing this morning and despite the best efforts of the A30 and the M25, we have arrived complete with our 45 pieces of luggage. We have just said goodbye to our minibus which Phil is very kindly taking back to Penzance partly to avoid a big parking bill, but also so that HD students have an extra bus for their E5 activities week which start n Monday.

This visit has been around two years in the planning and each student has paid around £1750 to have this experience. Expensive as this is, the figure would have been far higher were it not for the brilliant support from individuals and companies and organisations who have supported the students both as a group and individually. Without this support, the students would not have been able to enjoy what promises to be a life changing experience.

Whether you are a parent, a student, a member of staff a friend of the school or simply someone who has ended upon this page, I hope that you will find these posts useful and informative.

If you would like a regular daily tweet, please follow ‘@HDSPenzance_Staff’ or you can see a longer article and more pictures via this page All 11 students will take it in turns to share text and pictures via twitter, facebook and the school website with a daily editor to oversee the publications.

Mr Royle

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