Felsted students went to Uganda and Bali to make a “huge difference” this summer

Biology students from Felsted studied about the loocal ecology of Bali.

Biology students from Felsted studied about the loocal ecology of Bali. - Credit: Archant

Uganda and Bali were educational and inspiring summer destinations for Felsted students this year.

Mungo Rogers meets Ugandan primary student, Wilson.

Mungo Rogers meets Ugandan primary student, Wilson. - Credit: Archant

The Ugandan group met 20 students from their partner schools, Great Lakes High School and Nyakabungo Primary, who are working on their A-level science – a course that Felsted has helped to make available.

Felsted has worked with a charity, Volunteer Uganda, to raise £8,600 over the past four years for this project, including £7,000 from a colour run.

The teenagers also taught lessons, painted classrooms, and opened a dormitory for 40 orphans.

Volunteer Uganda was founded 18 years ago teaching 70 children under a tree, but now it has four primary schools, one secondary school, and one university, as well as water, health and solar projects.

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Felsted Chaplain, Reverend Little, a trustee of Volunteer Uganda, said: “I’ve never been more convinced that we are making a huge difference and inspiring a sustainable future for the people of south western Uganda who neighbour Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest.”

The Bali group studied forest plantations, rivers, plant ecology, terrestrial ecology and animal behaviour in the region.

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They also went to a village and played Gamelan music, learnt how to make bricks and prints, and trekked across a volcano – Mount Batur.

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