Students from Helsby High School travelled to Cape Town to strengthen links with their partner schools.
The school has been part of the AfriTwin programme for more than five years and is partnered with Settlers High School and Hector Peterson High School in the South African city.
Twenty-two youngsters visited tourist destinations such as Robben Island – where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned – and spent three nights with a host family from Settlers High School.
Thanks to Helsby High’s fundraising efforts, the group was able to take a number of pupils from the partner schools on day trips, such as an excursion to Table Top Mountain.
Year 12 student Sylvia Hayes said living with a South African family sgave her a real insight into their culture.
She said: “It was a life changing experience which really broadened my perspective and I completely fell in love with the country and its people, despite such a short time there.
“I left feeling inspired by the amazing people I’d met, astonished by the welcome we received, and wishing to return.
“We had the opportunity to spend a day in the less privileged Hector Peterson School, located in a township. Needless to say, it was shocking to see the contrasts between their school and ours, but the warmth and friendliness of the students was overwhelming.”