In January of this year 19 students from Clifford International
Program, accompanied by 3 teachers, traveled to Africa for a once
in a lifetime opportunity. The students signed up for the trip with
hopes of experiencing a new culture, meeting new people, and learning
about a part of the world to which they had never been. Little did
they know the trip would be one of the most unique and transformative
experiences of their lives.
The students of Clifford School were outstanding ambassadors of
our school and their own countries, embracing every opportunity
with an open mind and open heart. The cultural experiences, ranging
from Swahili lessons, cultural hikes, a safari, and volunteering
at a Kenyan school were extremely exciting and enriching. The Kenyan
people were welcoming and inspiring, leaving an imprint on our students
which will undoubtedly last a lifetime.
A key component of the trip was our students participating in the
construction of an all-girls Secondary School. The work was challenging
and physically exhausting, but also incredibly rewarding.
The students went to the construction site determined to be agents
of change and, in doing so, committed themselves to making the world
a better place. While the trip lasted only 12 days it created memories
and experiences which will last a lifetime.