Pupil Shares His Volunteering Experience

St Peter's School

Pupil Shares His Volunteering Experience

David VI Form Speaks

St Peter's Sixth Form students have many opportunities to hear from visiting speakers, but we also have a wealth of talent and experience amongst our pupils. As part of a new lunchtime series, our Sixth Formers address our staff and students on some of their own experiences.

Our latest talk was from David with his ‘Tales of Tanzania - volunteering in Africa’ following his Operation Raleigh trip there last summer. During his month long expedition David worked with a team of young people from around the world, as well as residents of the village where they were hosted, to complete the building of a new lavatory block at the village primary school.

Despite the initial language and cultural barriers, David quickly became accustomed to life with his host family, through games of Jenga, and watching Chinese TV with English subtitles and a Swahili dub. He also got to know the village in general through a universal love of football, and ‘Why is the the white guy so fast?’ is still his favourite quote of the trip.

David and the team worked to decorate and fit out the lavatory block as well as teaching in a local school about the need for good hygiene and hand washing. They also helped educate teenage women on menstrual health. The new block was colourfully decorated and also included women’s hygiene facilities.

David took the initiative to undertake Operation Raleigh in a summer holiday and provided us with inspiration about making good use of gap years and holidays – and the value of reaching across cultural barriers.

Many thanks to Ben Fuller, Head of Politics, for this report.