Students and staff from an Ellesmere Port high school have flown out to South Africa to help make a difference.
The 15-strong group from Whitby High is on a mission to rebuild a dilapidated play area at a Cape Town primary school.
The big adventure for the students started with a flight from Manchester to Cape Town before travelling daily to the project school.
Over the last five years the school says it has fostered links with many schools across the world but is ‘particularly proud’ of its continuing work with twinned schools in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
At the playground, an elephant climbing frame has been ordered and will be supplied by a local Cape Town company financed through fundraising that has taken place at Whitby High.
Pride in project
The Ellesmere Port students will also build a sun shed for small children to hide away from the hot burning midday sun, using tyres and reclaimed wood.
Students will also be working hard planting fruit trees and adding more manure to enrich their vegetable gardens.
Headteacher Bryn Heeley said: “I am extremely proud of all the staff and students who have worked so hard in planning this project.
“Their commitment and tireless efforts to raise money to fund their places and provide the materials for the project is an inspiration to us all.
“Their efforts will make a real difference to the community and be a life changing experience for our young people.”
The students are also visiting world heritage site Robben Island and Table Mountain while in the country.