On December 7 Trek for Change embarked on a wonderful adventure with a group of 14 students and 3 teachers from St. Augustine’s College, Brookvale.

After a some long flights we finally touched down in the IBSH Home in Arusha, Tanzania. We took the group on a walk around town and the group were awestruck at new sights and sounds completely different to Sydney. The purpose of the trip was to complete the construction of a new classroom for Jitihada Primary School and the boys had their work cut out for them. It was tough work everyday but the boys showed incredible initiative and grit to get the job done. It felt like we never stopped mixing concrete by hand and transporting it bucket by bucket to the build site but the hard days were extremely rewarding as the new classroom began to take shape.

When we weren’t working hard we had plenty of opportunities to get immersed into the Tanzanian culture and lifestyle. We got to see a traditional tribal show from a local Massai group, went on a trek to a secluded waterfall, we ate and drank at some of the local restaurants and finished our adventure with a 2-day safari seeing Tanzania’s rare and exotic wildlife.

It was an incredible 2 weeks for all involved and we were so thrilled that the group got to experience a different part of the world all while getting their hands dirty and enriching their own lives and the lives of others.

We thank St. Augustine’s college and the whole group for their generosity and hard work in contributing to the improved education of the students of Jitihada.