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Tyldesley teenager helps build school in Tanzania
2:20pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
TEENAGER John Tooley is back home after an amazing trip of a lifetime that began in mid summer.
After two years of preparation and fundraising, John, a former student of Fred Longworth High School at Tyldesley, set off on an unforgettable adventure.
He met his team at Winstanley College, where he has been studying, and left for Heathrow Airport the following day on a World Challenge expedition to Tanzania where they spent time at a local school teaching pupils as well as helping with building construction.
“The first few days consisted of acclimatisation, undertaking a few small treks during the day and camping in a Masai village,” explained John who celebrated his 18th birthday during the adventure.
The team spent the second week of their stay in a local school where extra classrooms are being built and after a quick training session from a local builder they were laying concrete blocks to create a platform for the next group of World Challengers to complete the walls before the roof is put on.
“It was a very enjoyable experience for both us and the children; it was great to see their enthusiasm for learning and their friendliness towards us,” said John who lives in Tyldesley. He is shortly due to move to West Yorksihre where he will study sports science at Leeds University.
“The trip really was an experience of a lifetime and something that will stay with me forever. In addition to seeing another part of the world I made many lasting friendships and my appetite for further travel was stimulated,” he said.
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