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Oakwood Park Grammar School - Blog 4

Friday 21st Friday was our last full day of work at New Hope Children's Centre. After an early start, we worked throughout the day, continuing the projects we had been working on previously and ensuring they were ready for the finishing touches on Saturday. We rewarded ourself for our efforts with a delicious dinner of chicken and chips which went down well with the team!  Saturday 22nd We spent the morning completing the second coats of paint, adding the finishing touches and laying astroturf in the picnic area. We clean tidied up and surveyed our work, before climbing on a bus with all the children from the…

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Oakwood Park Grammar School - Blog 3

Wednesday 19th: After a filling breakfast of eggs and bacon, we had an early start working on our projects. The nursery painting was pushed forward as the colours on the walls were given their next coat of paint and the mountain mural was given its finishing touches. The team in the new offices continued to prep the walls for primer and painting and spent a long time ensuring that the rooms were clean and dust free, ready for the next step. In the playground, the new picnic area the group had shovelled sand from the day before was flattened by both…

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Oakwood Park Grammar School - Blog 2

Monday After a beautifully picturesque flight from Lima to Arequipa, over snow-capped mountain peaks and deep valleys, we were met by the team from New Hope Children's Centre, and made our way to our home for the next 7 days. The team enjoyed a fantastic lunch at New Hope, before being given a tour of the centre and finding out more about the work we will be doing here. The rest of the afternoon was spent playing football, volleyball and table tennis with some of the kids, before a dinner of Peruvian hotdogs. Just before bed we experienced an earth tremor! This…

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Oakwood Park Grammar School - Blog 1

It has been a very busy first couple of days for Oakwood Park Grammar School's Vine Trust Expedition to Peru. The expedition team arrived in Lima on Friday night after a long day of travelling. On Saturday morning, after a big breakfast which included sampling some new fruits and cheeses, we walked down to the edge of the ocean in the Miraflores area for a spectacular view across the South Pacific. As it is currently winter in Lima, the water is too rough for swimming, but many surfers can be seen from the early hours of the morning out on the waves. We then…

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Culloden Academy - Blog 2

Tuesday 27th Today we woke up early and travelled to Tarangire National Park. We saw lots of zebras, wildebeests and giraffes. The most impressive animal in my opinion were the elephants. We were also lucky enough to see a leopard slouching in the middle of a tree. In the evening, we camped out in tents which had very comfy beds in them. We also star gazed and I saw two shooting stars! Wednesday 28th This morning, we had a very early start, we left our tents at 5.30am and began our second day of safari. By the end of the day we seen all of ‘The Big…

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West Calder and James Young High Schools - Blog 2

Tuesday 27th We mixed up the groups today, as well as switching the work sites. I went to Maro Upendo's site. I find it extremely humbling to see the conditions these families live in and we can all see that the houses we are building will make such a big difference to their lives. Today, we spent time passing cement and bricks along a chain of us to where they were needed. The fundis (local builders) were very nice and the work was good fun. We sang some songs and practiced our counting in Swahili. Once we had finished at the worksite for the day, we stopped at the supermarket…

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