Theo Spyrides, Jack Pepper and Emet Halkin, students in Year 11 from St Columba’s College, won a national competition for a trip to Kenya with CAFOD. Only two people could go so Jack Pepper very generously gave his place up for the other two students.
Theo and Emet will be working on two projects, focussed on sport, in Kenya from the 23rd June to the 1st July.
I am very excited to go to Kenya. I can’t wait to learn, come back, and raise awareness about the troubles over there. I am guaranteed to be changed by this trip. We fly out the day after my last GCSE, which is perfect timing!
The selection process was intense. After winning an interview, we dedicated the next two weeks to prepare for the interview. We wrote a three minute speech and created a Power Point presentation to give to the CAFOD selection board.
When we got to CAFOD’s head office, we went to the interview room. After the presentation, we had a gruelling 30 minute interview but I think we coped well under the pressure!
We’re very excited about winning this trip and plan to tell other school students from around the South East what we learn at CAFOD’s Great Generation Conference to be held in October 2011.
>> One of the CAFOD partners that Theo and Emet will be visiting is St John’s Sports Society, which works with young people in Nairobi’s slums, helping them to develop sporting talent, leadership skills and discipline. Click here for a video.