A group of sixth-formers from Colston’s Girls’ School (CGS) spent their summer break teaching at a primary school in a remote part of Zanzibar.
They were the first volunteers to visit the school, which has no furniture, little equipment and classes of up to 150. The girls faced a number of challenges, not least teaching information and communications technology without any computers.
The girls, who also taught English, science, geography and maths, were struck by the level of poverty they encountered in contrast to the warmth of the welcome they received.
One student said: “The pupils were so eager to learn, not only about our language but also our culture. Their smiles and their bright faces made the experience even more special!”
The CGS sixth-formers also had the chance to swim and snorkel in the Indian Ocean and to visit a mangrove forest, a monkey sanctuary and a slavery museum.