Having the opportunity to take part in the Tanzania project in 2015 was an extraordinary experience.
I’m extremely proud to say that I have accomplished a lifetime dream and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has played a part in helping me achieve this.
Overall, being in Africa has touched my heart in ways I could have never imagined.
By interacting and spending time with the children of St Michael’s school I have learnt a great deal about myself as a person. I’m thankful to have had the privilege of meeting all of the wonderful individuals in Tanzania who have inspired me with their culture and opened my eyes to the many elements of our lives that we take for granted in the UK.
I was overwhelmed by the hospitality I received during all occasions throughout the trip. It was truly an honour to get the chance of getting to know some of the students and learning about their hopes and aspirations for the future. Each student at the school has an inspiring urge to learn and achieve greatness. Their passion towards education is something that students in the UK severely lack.
Furthermore, I believe that the headmaster of the school, is an asset to the students. His courage and self determination to help the school thrive is phenomenal. He has the best interests of the students at heart and consistently goes out of his way to improve St Michael’s school.
Being a part of the Tanzania project has allowed me to develop my character by constructing new life skills and taking part in activities that are outside of my comfort zone. An example of this would be having the opportunity to read during Sunday mass and opening an Art workshop with Andi, Maria and Megan.
I’d like to thank all of the individuals in Iringa who have assisted in making sure that our trip to Tanzania is a success, by organising everything from our accommodation to arranging different opportunities we took part in, such as visiting the school for the deaf and experiencing the natural beauty that Tanzania has to offer.
Furthermore, I want to thank all of the youth leaders for their incredibly hard work and dedication towards the project both in the UK and in Africa.
However, specifically I’d like to thank Andi and Maria who have continuously helped and encouraged both myself and Megan during the course of the two years that the project has been running.
Additionally, they have both voluntarily took it upon themselves to look after the Young people throughout the expedition, and have supported us in everything from ensuring transport to Woking Youth Centre on Thursday’s, to personally taking care of any members of the team who had during not been well during our stay in Africa.
They have also formed great bonds amongst all the Young people and therefore given made us feel comfortable in our environment.
Lastly, I would like to thank the David Tilly Foundation itself and of course, our group leader Matt on behalf of the Tanzania Group. Without the extent of their determination, courage and hard work towards the Tanzania project we would not have had this wonderful opportunity. Their work has inspired me to take part in activities similar to this in the future.
I sincerely hope that other young people get to experience such a wonderful opportunity in the future, if the Tanzania project continues.