Greenwood students will spend time in the classroom with students of all ages, helping to support their learning in a variety of different subjects. The students at GPS live in settlements surrounding the school and most do not have running water or electricity in their one-room homes. All families have been displaced from nearby towns where the government had allowed condominiums or overpasses to be built, resulting in the displacement of a large population.
Prior to the trip, Greenwood students will plan and fundraise for a project that will benefit the community surrounding GPS. In 2017, our students raised funds for a bike cover for GPS that will hold 80 bicycles and 40 mopeds. We were also able to purchase 30 lunchbox tins, 50 shoe polish repair kits, many bags of fresh vegetables for families in need and five brand new bikes, and we covered the cost of fixing solar-powered lights in the settlements surrounding the school.
Students will also have several days to do a bit of sightseeing built into the trip.
This service learning trip is a wonderful chance for our students to build their perspective and to develop as global citizens, and we're happy to be able to offer it again this year.