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Zambia Expedition 2019 Preparations Underway

The Arnewood School’s Zambia Expedition 2019 is up and running…


A group of 15 Arnewood students will be taking part in an expedition in the summer of 2019, to Livingstone, Zambia.

Over the next 20 months, the students will be preparing for their expedition. This will include teambuilding events, finding out what their strengths and weaknesses are, as well as preparing the required resources needed for such a major event, including funds.

The students have a large say in all decisions relating to the expedition. This will include liaising with organisations in Zambia and the UK, as part of the pre-expedition preparations as well as raising the funds to support the three projects that they are planning to complete whilst there, some £7,000.

The expedition is community/charity based with the students working on the three/four different projects for approximately one week each.

For the first project, the students will split into two groups, completing two projects. One half will be working at an orphanage, running music workshops, sports events and craft workshops.

The other half will be working at an old people’s home, firstly painting and decorating the residents’ rooms, about 20 rooms, and then preparing a celebration tea and event for the residents.

For the other two projects, the students will be working as one group. The second venture will be in a rural village where they will spend a week completing a building project in support of the village school.

They will be building an accommodation block for the students of the school who live 20km or more away from the school. Students closer than 20km, which is a distance that is further than the Arnewood School to Lymington, walk to school each day. Students over that distance walk to school on Monday and stay for the week, walking home on Friday.

Whilst in the village the students will also have the opportunity to work with some of the students from the village in the special educational unit.

The final project will be a conservation/environmental project where the students will be involved with a charity that works with lions and elephants in or around game parks.

By taking part in this expedition, students will have the chance of a lifetime. A chance to give instead of taking and an opportunity to learn how others live. They will start to gain an understanding of how hard life can be for some people and add value to their own lives. The students and their parents know that this will be a life-changing experience.

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