RCI Travels to Tanzania

Posted on Wednesday March 23, 2016
Beading with the Momas
RCI students learn to bead.

On March 7th, Sixteen Raiders set off on the adventure of a lifetime to London, Tanzania and Amsterdam. The London portion of the trip allowed students to explore London’s tourist sites and attend ‘“We Day UK”. Besides “We Day UK” the highlight of the London portion was a “Jack the Ripper Haunted Walk” where students were guided through the back streets of London by a mysterious historian.

Once the students left the cosmopolitan lifestyle of London they headed to Tanzania to begin the service learning portion of their trip. The students were hosted by the village of Engutokoit, in Arusha province. The work camp was situated at the base of Mount Meru and surrounded by acacia trees and in the distance you could see Mount Kilimanjaro.  The “Me to We” project that the group of students were involved in was renovating a three classroom school building that was constructed in the early 1980’s.  This involved replastering and removing a cement floor and replacing it. The work was backbreaking in the 35-40 degree heat but when completed, it was very rewarding to know that we had helped to remove a barrier to education.  

One participant, Meagan Gilchrist, stated, “the trip was an adventure of a lifetime and I was proud to participate with such a great group of people.”  Meagan identified her favourite memory as having the opportunity to interact and play with the children of the African school.

The group ended the trip by receiving a traditional Maasai blessing by the village elders before boarding their flight to return home knowing that they had in a small way helped to change the future for the children of Engutokoit.