African Adventures

Public Services, Engineering and Sociology students and staff volunteers visited Ghana to build links, update a school and even teach some lessons recently. 

They visited a fishing village called Woe in the Volta Region in the south of Ghana.  Working with African Adventures, the students helped build classrooms, toilets and painted blackboards and taught Maths and English to 5-18 year old Ghanaian children in two schools. The 11 students had a wonderful enriching and life changing experience helping the local community have a better life.  The students also explored many different parts of the country including a rural village, the mountains of the Volta region and its wonderful waterfalls.  At the end of their stay the students presented 300 kgs of pencils, games and exercise books to the two schools which were really needed and much appreciated.  Alton College will be returning to the village of Woe in 2019 to continue their voluntary support with new students. 

Student, Sammy Marshall, previously at Bedales School, went on the trip and said: "Not many people have the opportunity to go to a country where you can change so many lives but also have your own life change for the better. It was an opportunity for all of us to get to know each other, have a laugh and most importantly make a difference. The hosts in Ghana and the teachers who were hardly like teachers more like fellow volunteers, they made this life changing experience possible and truly enjoyable." 

Trips and enrichment activities are a key part of being at Alton College, learning new skills and getting involved in different life experiences. This trip to Ghana is one of a range of opportunities open to students over the year. More information about what is available http://www.altoncollege.ac.uk/sixth-form/enrichment