During the Easter holiday, a group of ten Year 10 pupils and two members of staff set off from Heathrow to Accra, Ghana. They went to work with the charity "The Young Shall Grow" supporting poor rural communities in Ghana. Their task was to work in a school in the Keta region teaching English and helping to improve the facilities.
Two weeks later they arrived back at Heathrow having made some wonderful friends in Ghana. They travelled to the rainforest, braved 40m high rope-ways above the forest, saw the horrors of the slave trade, fed monkeys sitting on their arms, witnessed poverty and hardship, and worked with the most welcoming, supportive and joy-filled people on Earth. Living with power cuts, high temperatures, unreliable water supplies and poor roads was a challenge; however, the group says that they will never forget the warmth of the people. They opened their lives to the Chigwell party and showed them how to relax and be filled with joy.