Friday, 27 July 2018

All checked in

Dear all,

Just a note to let you all know the team have all checked in at Kilimanjaro airport. Alex, Steve, and Amanda, the Inspire leaders have had a great time with the team, and praised their hard work and ability to pull together 

Many thanks for your support through the weeks!

Josh and all at Inspire Worldwide 

Final day in Tanzania

Today very sadly marked our last day in Tanzania. We woke up and said goodbye to various students across the school and various staff; especially Jospehine, who seemed heartbroken that we would no longer be wolfing down her meals! The six hour journey began with two hours of being thrown in every direction from a very generous African massage. Eventually, we reached tarmac and left the bus for lunch looking like we had all had the worst fake tan from the huge amounts of dust we had managed to gather! After filling up, we finished our journey led by DJ Ted (including controversial amounts of Will.iam. and Katy Perry) outside Arusha at the most luxurious place we had seen for weeks; there were sit down toilets and showers with hot water in the same place!!!! Now we just wat for the flight and to leave the hotel at 3:30… Harry.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Final day at Radley

The last day at Gehandu ... and what a day it was. After a slightly hurried cramming of lines for sketches and songs, we promptly started half an hour late for the last cultural assembly. A four and a half hour epic full of incredible singing, dancing and acting from the Gehandu students, and less so from the Radley boys… but who performed valiantly, including “Three Lions”, “Seek ye First”,  “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, declamations and sketches. Highlights included, Gehandu 6th form girls, the first 6th from students at Gehandu, singing a self-composed and personalized song. Form 4 and 3’s large repertoire of songs and dances and John Peers’ declamation and a slightly shoddy speech from George E-W in Swahili to the school
A representative of the District Council was the guest of honor and gave one of the many speeches thanking Radley for the strong partnership that the two schools have. After lunch in the newly constructed dining hall we had lunch with Form 5, our pen pals and the Gehandu teachers. Significantly weighed down, the Radley boys headed out for one the biggest contests of the year; Radley (and the best Gehandu Dons) Vs the Gehandu 1st XI. A tense game ended in a 2-2 draw going to pens.. Radley clinching it at the last moment. A large press conference followed; many photos were taken of both teams, Red Army and supporters.
We were honored to each have our own tree to plant, celebrating a very successful trip and the first time Radley have stayed at Gehandu. After an amazing dinner with the Gehandu teachers we headed off for our last prep session with the students.
Will is still recovering from his wrestle with a squatting toilet. He refused to comment but likened it to a Chocolate Yazoo. No more needed to be said…
Thanks for following our Trip, see you soon
George and George










Wednesday, 25 July 2018

The kiln is fired!

Luckily enough today we were allowed a lie-in. So the wake-up call came round at 7’o’clock! Business resumed as usual. We taught our final lessons, and by all reports they were a success. All the classes seemed to be delightfully engaged, and enjoyed all our antics (such as John dramatically dying 4 times for the purpose of an exercise on journalism (confusing I know…)). Following these exciting final lessons, we had library and computer lessons with some of the students. This is a great chance to have study sessions in very small groups, with some pupils who have never used a computer before, and it allows them students to talk with us Radleians to improve their English.
Following our lunch, in the afternoon we conducted rehearsals for the much anticipated Cultural Assembly tomorrow. We have prepared 3 sketches, 3 songs and 1 declamation. Hopefully we won’t be too shown up by the incredibly impressive Gehandu students.
We also visited both boarding houses, which gave us an insight into the daily lives of the pupils. The girls’ boarding house consists of rooms of two bunk beds, and one of which had the added bonus of a beehive! Meanwhile the boys boarding consists of two rooms: 29 sleep in one, and 42 sleep in the other! There are plans in the works for a new boarding house to be erected soon. This was a humbling experience for all of us as we realised the luxury in which we live.
For the remainder of the day we have been spending a lot of time informally with the students. It is a pleasure to get to meet them all, and they certainly enjoy the opportunity to talk to us. Equally it is great for us to be able to bathe in the sun while chatting to a few pupils.
The day concluded with a bonfire, conducted by Mr Ryder, for the purpose of firing the clay pots and crocodiles that the students have made during the week. It has been incredible to watch their talents flourish, and they are really capitalising on this opportunity to have a go at pottery.
Go to go, poo’s on fire… Marcus and John x










Lessons and life lessons

Chores were the first order of the day. We were split between sweeping the road and watering plants. Ted stated that watering plants was both “satisfactory” and “fulfilling”… we’re all confused too. 
We taught more lessons today, a mixture of Bio, geography and English. Although challenging, we feel they were successful and the students enjoyed them. After pancakes with honey, we split into two groups of four and went to see the homes of some of the Gehandu students. The first home that we visited had a wonderful view and plenty of livestock milling around. The core of the house had one living room and two bedrooms, with a kitchen and toilet area in separate huts. The second home was very different and was a real eye-opener for us. The home consisted of one hut with one bed. The kitchen was in the same room and livestock also lived in this space. Shockingly this hut supported a 4 month old baby, a teenager and their mother. Their father had recently passed away. These two houses were on opposite ends of the scale and highlighted the breadth of wealth within Gehandu itself.
After this we had lunch with the Gehandu students and ate Makandi, which is 3 types of beans and other ingredients.  Rather tasteless but definitely filled us up. After lunch, two of us cooked for the students (John and Will) and two cooked for the Radley boys and staff (Harry and Marcus) which I hear involved the cutting up of still warm chickens. Whilst the boys did this, the rest of us attempted to teach some of the students touch rugby which will go down as unsuccessful. The boys couldn’t understand that they weren’t allowed to pass the ball forwards but they loved to kick and chase. 
After this we had some down time when some of the boys played football with the Gehandu students, and Mr Ryder made even more clay models. Dinner was again fantastic which brought an end to another great day at Gehandu.



Card games!

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Morning chores and acrobatics

Today marked the beginning of a slightly earlier start at Gehandu as we woke up to help the pupils with their chores around the school, such as sweeping the roads. To be honest, it was not appreciated at first in bed at 6am but as we began it became increasingly rewarding helping everyone help as a community before we began the day. This was quickly followed by a short walk to the local primary school, where we were thrown into various classes and demanded to teach! However, this wasn’t so hard as all of the children were so hyper that basically anything you would say or do resulted in waves of laughter and giggling, which is a lot easier to teach than forty teenagers!! We tried to catch onto a bit of this energy in the volleyball against various 8-10 year olds, but were very embarrassingly thrashed in front of the whole school….  We arrived back at Gehandu for lunch and taught our second English lessons, which were hopefully an improved version of (we hope) the successful pioneer lessons. Finally, we finished the school day by sitting down with various classes in the lovely weather and debating various ideas, such as; ‘Are you against international aid for Tanzania?’, which sparked an amazing debate, especially due to the level of English that the pupils amazed us with. Gehandu continued to surprise us as we thought our day had finished until some students started a competition with us about who could do the longest hand stand or trying to get Harry and George E-W to catch them after being run and jumped at…. and then to raise them above them as they spread out into a star shape!!!
Harry and George.












Monday, 23 July 2018

Sunday's blog... Church!

Today, being a Sunday, was a more relaxed affair. Starting with a lie in, which was much needed I might add, we wolfed down a delicious breakfast at 8, 8ish for some. We set off with spirits high amongst the troops to a most intriguing service at the local cathedral. It was something to behold. In sharp contrast to the somewhat minimalist surroundings emerged a purple spectacle. With spires reaching to the heavens and a modern design that in many respects echoed the architectural brilliance of the Radley coffee shop, we entered in awe. Although long and completely in Swahili we were hooked to the drama that was unfolding before our eyes. A sensual experience is how most described it. After our first Tanzanian church service we visited the seminary for a quick meal. We were greeted by an immense man, Father John, and an enormous meal, brunch.

When we arrived back at Gehandu we were presented with a second lunch which after our first lunch may have seemed a tad excessive but again found a safe home all the same. Our plan for the afternoon was to visit the Mbulu Market. The initial shock on arrival at the market was simply the scale of it. It covered a considerably large field and was packed full of stalls selling everything from tyre flip-flops to live goats. With music blaring and a whole plethora of colours and smells on display we walked through the market in groups of four. Highlights included Harry rather too heavily petting a goat, being offered some rather special, we were told, “medicinal herbs” and George E-W being hexed by a witch doctor only to stand his ground and hex him right back in his face.. We were all a bit exhausted after our day and week so our afternoon consisted mostly of games of Bananagrams and reading which was definitely needed before an eventful week ahead.
Signing off Will R-C, Edited (reluctantly) by the Edge.


Saturday, 21 July 2018

One more mountain...

We started the day with the usual 6:30 wake up, followed by our 7:30 breakfast. As it was Saturday we didn’t have any lessons so instead we climbed a local mountain (really just a hill) with our pen pals and the 6th Form girls. The walk was a worrying reminder of the recent Meru climb, but it gave us all good time to chat with our pen pals and learn more about them. As we reached the base following our descent we were mobbed by around 50 primary school children and we had an hour of playing as they toyed with our hair. We all felt like gap yah students, posing for photos that some would consider “instagramable”. Regardless, it was a very surreal experience.

Upon return we had lunch and had a couple hours to ourselves to reflect on our time at Gehandu so far. Following this there was another session with Mr Ryder (‘Teacher Tom’), making crocodiles and various other objects out of clay. This project is clearly a great benefit to the Gehandu pupils as for some this is their first encounter with art, which they relished. Then we had a second football match, with Radley once again victorious (this time 6-1). We saw star performances from the A Social trio, Stuart-Bourne (2 goals), Peers (rock at the back), and Rogers-Coltman; the latter of which scored a stunning volley which was quite contrary to the Will we know.

Finally, following a day filled with activities (especially physical ones!), we came across a small conundrum. The key to our house (in which the eight of us boys and Mr Jewell are staying in) had been misplaced which resulted in us all having to vault a 2 metre wall in order to enter and exit the compound.
The key is yet to be found…

Signing off, Marcus and John x












Friday, 20 July 2018

Lessons and learning...

After the usual breakfast carb- load we taught our first lessons this morning. Ted and I taught Bio, George E-W, George R, Marcus, Will, John and Harry all taught English. The lessons were successful with all the Gehandu students engaging well. However, there are, of course, improvements that can be made by all. We hope to implement these on Monday. 
Following evaluations of our lessons with the Radley Dons we split into two groups to either read to the children or help them on computers/tablets. It was great to see how excited they were when we showed them just a few of the things a laptop could do! 

We were also sent to “Religion” sessions today (which happen every Friday here). Each session seemed to vary greatly with John and George E-W listening to a sermon whilst Harry, Ted and I were involved in an all-singing all-dancing affair, it was thoroughly enjoyable. However, when we were invited to contribute our rendition of I Vow to Thee My Country probably fell slightly short of the mark!

This afternoon four of us were lucky enough to help prepare/serve food for the evening meals. Ted and George E-W helped serve food to the Gehandu boarders whilst Will and I were butchering chickens for our meal – not the carrot peeling we were expecting! 

Today also saw the first match in the Gehandu vs Radley football series. Big hoofs from the defense and set piece goals ensured our rather English play style; even Harry (Walther) Kane couldn’t score from open play! However, we did emerge victorious netting three goals to their two (although, technically we scored four due to a Radley player’s own goal!). It must also be noted that we were loaned three Gehandu players (to make up numbers) and some would suggest they were somewhat decent…  

Henry Williams










Thursday, 19 July 2018

First day at Gehandu

Today was the first day at Gehandu! It was everything we hoped; however, it was still unbelievable as it managed to surprise and enlighten us at every opportunity without fail. 

We began with a lovely breakfast, which was quickly followed by assembly of the whole school as we stood in front and were introduced by the “Jewel of Radley” as he followed this with a successful, in respect to entertainment, attempt at keepy-uppys in front of the whole school with the ball falling into the front row… This was quickly followed by a Swahili lesson from the students, which was unbelievably impressive. 

The packed nature of the day proceeded to sitting in on multiple lessons to see how things worked and teaching pupils how to use computers or how to read in the library. This hectic morning was rewarded with a lovely lunch of chicken and other dishes and then meeting our pen pals for the first time. There were difficulties at first with communication and a little shyness from some pupils at Gehandu; however, things were quickly underway to becoming unforgettable friendships for an unforgettable week.

Harry



















Safari!

Technical difficulties in-country have meant that we have just received the blog from yesterday!...

We awoke early and had breakfast at our hotel. The food continued to be different but delicious, despite the sleepy-heads among us. We set off for the much anticipated safari Ngorongoro crater. Before starting we drove to a vantage point over the crater and were taken aback by the beauty of the view over the crater. The safari itself was fascinating, as we saw many animals. Our favourites included getting up close with a herd of zebras, and watching a pride of lions sleep. We had a lovely packed lunch while watching hippos laze in the sunshine. As we were departing the crater we paused for some logistical reasons, three of us were reading in our vehicle when suddenly a baboon (plus its baby under its arm) leapt into the car, outfoxing those outside, and glared down the three of us trapped in a car. A surprising yelp left Will’s mouth while Marcus (me) sat terrified. Luckily the baboons left us alone and swiftly departed.
We then experienced an incredibly interesting journey. We were travelling to Gehandu School in a very 70s-esque bus. The journey lasted around 3 hours, all on the bumpiest road of all time, which we all embraced with laughter. Finally, upon arriving at Gehandu we were greeted very warmly by all the staff members. We shared introductions over a very tasty supper, and finally retired to our rooms. We’re having much fun and are looking forward to the next week here at Gehandu.
Signing off, Marcus and John x
















Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Snakes (and a crocodile)

Today started with a lie in (maybe a little too much for some groups), which was thoroughly deserved after the challenge of Meru. I think everyone loved having their own bed with a TV never not showing the highlights of the world cup! 

After eventually leaving the hotel, there was a reasonable drive out of the city of Arusha, which never failed to entertain us on the journey. 

However, the friendliness of the people in the region continued without fail due to the continuous waves and smiles! We began to enter more rural regions and spot more of the Masai tribe, which was simply incredible to observe as the young children shepherded the herds with unbelievable enthusiasm. 

We eventually reached the snake park after a very generous ‘african massage’ from the roads and it was worth it without a doubt! The staff at the snake park were incredible as they took us on a tour of a Masai culture museum, which never failed to enlighten us (especially on how difficult it is to blow a Masai tribe horn as our guide pushed on at trying to get a noise out of this in front of us for a good entertaining few minutes). 

Subsequently, the staff ripped the smiles off our faces by unveiling the evilest snakes we had ever seen. It was a circus of venomous snakes ranging from Egyptian Pythons to infamous Black Mambas. 

It was a simply incredible experience, although it did slide into an emotional rollercoaster as our newly made friend Eric the Guniea Pig was enjoying his lunch next to a spitting cobra when we visitied. Unfortunately, when we returned to say goodbye to our new friend he had decided it was a bit chilly and so would warm himself half way down this snake. #JusticeforEric. 

The intimidating show continued by standing about 3 metres away from a fully grown Nile Crocodile, who was simply full of adrenaline as he proceeded to lift hmself out of the sun to move forward a few steps and collape back down from the pure exhaustion.

 The Tanzanian people must have learnt the Radley culture by now as we were lucky enough to recieve an out and out, purely meat festival of a barbeque IN THE SHADE! 

Tanzania upheld its supposed ecstatic nature by almost immediately as we finished our lunch, being lured to huts by various Masai women…. to buy presents for our mothers!!! It was amazing to see all of the homemade Masai jewellery, which we were frequently told off by the women when getting a bit too ambitious with our bargaining. 

The theme of practising our bargaining continued as we stopped in a market, which could be the defintion of hectic! Even before we got out of the cars we were being sold items as two of us were forced to believe that we had met these men at Stamford Bridge until we informed them that we supported Stoke and West Ham, which slightly took him aback as he had never heard of them (surprisingly!) 

The market was genuinely an unforgettable experience as there were multiple people selling you things at the same time; an overload of senses! It was an unforgettable day as we learnt the most we had so far about Tanzanaian, and furthermore African culture as a whole and we wait impatiently for the 5:30am wake up tomorrow, which is definitely another first!!

Harry.


Down the mountain... and on to safari!

We had our last day of walking down the mountain today. It was a swift descent which was fairly trouble free. 

We visited a waterfall during our walk which was a special moment and a great opportunity to take some pictures. Shortly after the waterfall we encountered by a chance a herd of giraffes, which was certainly a highlight of the trip so far. 

We arrived at the Charity hotel at midday and were exhausted. We rested for a few hours before heading off to the Cultural Centre. 

This was thoroughly interesting and gave us an opportunity to buy some souvenirs and gifts. We finished the day with a scrummy meal and a nice bed to rest our weary heads.

Signing off, Marcus and Will xxx

Ps rather blurry Meru summit piccie! 









Sunday, 15 July 2018

Summit!

Hi all,

Just a short note to let you know that the team all successfully summited Meru last night! They are now at Saddle Camp before making the final descent back to Arusha.

We’ll update you when they are in the hotel :)


Saturday, 14 July 2018

Meru

We’ve arrived in Saddle camp and some climbed Little Meru. Great views to the summit and across to Kili. A brief post today as limited tech on the mountain! 






Thursday, 12 July 2018

Preps

After last night’s disappointment with the football the boys spent today going through kit and safety preps with Inspire mountain leader, Steve and the Tanzania guides. They took a stroll around Arusha and are now in bed ready for tomorrow’s first day on the mountain.






Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Team have arrived safely

Just a quick note to let you all know the team have arrived in Tanzania, and are at their hotel having some breakfast before some chill out time, then they will start their orientation training.

Inspire Worldwide

Monday, 9 July 2018

Before you fly


Dear Radley Team,
 
We wanted to send a quick e-mail prior to your departure. We hope that your preparation and packing is going well!

Just a couple of last-minute tips:

1.       Please remember that your luggage allowance for the main hold is 1 x 30kg maximum hand luggage. Please do keep to this allowance. It should be more than enough for all your kit.

2.      Please do not to pack any walking boots on the outside of the main hold luggage. They almost certainly won’t arrive still attached, we recommend you wear your boots for the flight to keep them safe (and save on weight in your main bag).

3.       Please also pack a change of underwear, toothbrush (not paste, unless it is less than 100ml) and any other absolute essentials in your hand luggage (i.e. medication, anti-malarial tablets), just in case any main bags go missing on the flight. It is unlikely, but best to be safe.

Keeping in touch:
We have set up a blog for your group, to keep parents and friends up to date with what your team is up to. 


Your family and friends can comment on posts and photographs. We will be updating the blog as often as possible with your news. Please feel free to pass this link on to anyone who you think would like to stay up to date with the team’s activities.

Trip Information: 
Don’t forget you can find specific trip information and documents here: https://inspire-worldwide.com/radley-meru-2018-trip-info This page has some key documents (itinerary, trip information pack, risk assessments) plus general Inspire information and our Emergency number – also detailed below.

Flights and arrival: As you know you will be flying with Turkish Airways from London Heathrow. We will update the blog to let your family and friends know when you have arrived safely in Tanzania. 

On arrival in Tanzania, Steve, the Inspire Leader, will be there to meet you wearing his Inspire t-shirt. You will then take the short drive by private bus to the guesthouse in Arusha, where you will have time for some rest before in-country orientation with your leader.

If your family need to contact a member of the team urgently at any point please make a note of the Inspire 24 hour EMERGENCY number: 07557 809 467. This number is manned in the UK 24 hours a day in case of any emergency situations where your family/friends need to contact a member of the team urgently.

For all other queries, please use the Inspire office number: 01256 886 543.

If you have any last minute questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Otherwise we hope you have an incredible time and look forward to keeping your family and friends updated throughout your time in Tanzania. 

With best wishes,

Josh and all at Inspire Worldwide.