Trip has benefits beyond classroom build
Three Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School Year 12 students recently returned from a week-long mission to Sri Lanka where they helped to build a new classroom.
Emily Anderson, Harri Walter and Patrick Reilly were joined on the Round Square Service Trip by 42 other students from around the globe, representing nine different nationalities.
“When we arrived it was all a bit nerve-racking, on top of being tired from school, but we got there it was an awesome experience,” Emily said. “You almost fell into the routine straight away.”
The group worked for almost two weeks constructing a new classroom for a school in the Wasgamuwa National Park while others helped to plant orange trees around rice fields to prevent conflicts between the locals and the elephants keen on devouring the crops.
“It was a real eye-opener,” Patrick said
“Being with students from all over the world, learning about where they’re from as well as being in the heart of Sri Lanka and not just in the more touristy part.”
The trio was accompanied on the trip by BCGS teacher Belinda Walker, who said the group made her very proud through their commitment and initiative.
“It was so hot and humid, with so much sweat!” Harri said.
All three of the students said they were still in contact with the friends they made while there and described the trip as a must-do.
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