During my Long Service Leave this term, I have had the wonderful opportunity to travel to northern Sumatra and do a jungle trek into the rainforest with my twin sons. Apart from long treks from small village to the next and seeing orang utans and monkeys in the wild, we visited a very small and very basic school in Selang Pangeran where students come to learn English. The students walk for more than an hour (usually in bare feet and very hot weather) to voluntarily come and learn the language that may assist them gain employment working with tourists in the future, and can assist their entry into secondary and tertiary education.
Before leaving, I asked Charlotte in our Library if she could put together a box of unused basic readers and picture books to donate to this needy school. We also collected as many pens and writing books as we could find. The students were very grateful and we had a lovely afternoon, teaching them songs, doing English conversation games and finally playing in the river.
Thank you to Charlotte for assisting with this donation and please don’t hesitate to talk to me if you would like more information about this adventurous jungle trek. It was amazing!