Louis travelled to Malawi this year and has written a lovely insight to project work on expedition, have a read folks…
When I mentioned I was going to be sleeping in a tent and working in the world’s poorest country for a month during the school holidays most of my friends asked why. I don’t know if I really knew the answer but I had a pretty good idea it would turn out to be worth it and it was.
My School’s Camps International summer 2016 trip to Malawi was like nothing I’ve ever done before. A month flew by in what felt like a week.
We started off in Kumbali where a group of 15 of us helped to upgrade the local kindergarten into a primary school. There were various jobs which needed doing including gardening, improving the toilet block and building a bamboo fence to protect the fruit trees from the wildlife and the children.
Next, we went onto Kuti Wildlife Reserve where we helped renovate a training centre at which cardboard briquettes were made to be used as a sustainable fuel rather than chopping down trees.
Then we set to work on a secondary school at Cape McClear on the banks of Lake Malawi where we helped to lay a cable to bring electricity to the headmaster’s office and painted and plastered it.
Improving the quality of schools to try to combat poverty through education was an important part of the trip but it was not all hard work and one of the most rewarding parts was meeting the locals, particularly the kids, who had very little but were so friendly.
In our down time we went on jeep and boat safaris, saw elephants, hippos, zebras, giraffes and crocodiles and climbed the highest mountain in Central Africa, Mount Mulanje on a three-day expedition at the end of what was an unforgettable trip.