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A busy summer: Cambridge University Summer Camps

By 15th August 2013Volunteering

All our Pembroke College Summer Camp volunteers arrived safe and sound last week in Ethiopia! They will be working with us over the next three weeks, running educational camps for students during their school holiday in three locations: Bahir Dar, Bishoftu and Gondar.

Here’s a photo gallery of the team on their 1st day in Bahir Dar, Bishoftu, and Gondar:

And here’s a message from our Bishoftu team about their group’s arrival:

“We are very excited and proud to welcome our 8 student volunteers from Pembroke College (University of Cambridge) who are taking part in the first Link Ethiopia Summer Camp Programme in Debre Zeit. After arriving to Addis Ababa on Friday and spending Saturday sightseeing we picked up the 8 enthusiastic students and headed off to the quiet and beautiful town of Debre Zeit on a sunny Sunday morning.

Once we arrived in Debre Zeit we got the students settled in to their accommodation and headed off for a spot of lunch and of course a quick game of football.

The first day of the Summer Camp Programme the students were awoken to the sound of heavy rain. However once they arrived to Ada Model Secondary School, where the summer camp programme is to be held for the next 3 weeks, they were met by warm sun and clear sky.

The Cambridge students are very excited about the next 3 weeks, where they will spend their time teaching 40 selected top students from local schools in Debre Zeit, teaching maths, English and science as well as coordinating more creative activities.

The first day of the programme included a meeting with the local students, the volunteer students, the head of the Bishoftu Woreda Education office and participating school directors, as well as Oromia TV who interviewed some of the students and covered the morning event. After refreshments the students headed off to visit the classrooms where they will be teaching for the next 3 weeks.

The first lessons commenced in the afternoon. These consisted of ice-breaker games and getting to know the students.

In our next update we will be hearing from the students on what they have been up to since then!