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AXMINSTER: Dana’s trip of a lifetime to Africa

Thursday, 04 September 2014

EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME: Dana and pupils of a school located in the foothills

EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME: Dana and pupils of a school located in the foothills

A teenager from Axminster has praised those who helped make her dream trip to Tanzania possible. Seventeen-year-old Dana Barker spent four weeks in Africa, helping out in schools and at community/village projects. She travelled as part of Camps International group, the company describing itself as a “not-for-profit ethical journey” organiser. Dana, who had spent a year raising £4,000 to make the trip possible, was part of a group comprising 22 youngsters (21 from the UK and one from Germany) and three teachers/leaders. During the month-long stay, the group toured five different camps around Tanzania. Group members undertook a variety of tasks, ranging from laying the foundations for a new classroom at a school to maintaining and digging waterholes. Dana said: “It was an experience of a lifetime. All got along really well and I made lots of new friends, a German is now my best friend.. “We went to five different camps, one near Kilimanjaro, and worked on different projects in all of them.” “We built an office for teachers at a school, built the foundations for an extra classroom, visited a nursery, built mud huts and dug waterholes. “At one school the kids sang for us in Swahili, it was so touching. “I hope to continue to raise money for Camps International and its projects.” Dana, who will start studying to become a veterinary nurse this month, also said: “A big thank you to the people who helped me get to to Tanzania. I’m very grateful.”

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