Hockerill’s first trip to Uganda

Posted on: 20th September 2013

At the end of the summer term a group of 21 year 12 students left Hocvkerill to fly out to Entebbe, Uganda. Together with Mr Jackson, Mrs Hodder and Miss Johnson, they spent two weeks working at Kira Farm – the flagship programme of our partner charity Amigos. At the farm our students met a group of young Ugandans (typically aged between 17 and 28) who have been sponsored by the charity to spend a year learning sustainable farming techniques and vocational skills such as carpentry, construction and tailoring. Part of the charity’s work takes place in the villages surrounding Kira farm and our students helped in the construction of three gigantic water jars – making life much easier for the people in the village. In addition our students visited a number of local school children and spent a day teaching at Green Valley primary school. Keen to see more of Uganda we left Kira Farm and travelled to Jinja, the source of the River Nile. Here we spent a nerve-wracking but brilliant day rafting down the river, negotiating several rapids on the way. We also travelled to the north of Uganda, visiting Misindi and Murchison Falls National Park for an incredible land and river safari. The trip, a first for Hockerill, was a fantastic experience for all involved. As so many of our students said, it was the trip of a lifetime.

Mr L Jackson