Skilled students from City of Bath College help African villagers build vital shelters

Skilled students from City of Bath College  help African villagers build vital shelters

Students from City of Bath College took part in a life-changing experience as they spent a week on a charity project in Africa.

The team of 15 students, plus staff, completed the community project in Gambia, where they built to a new grain store alongside villagers in Medina Salaam.

They spent a week adding the grain store to the village’s market building to provide a dry place to store rice and other perishable goods.

They also helped to improve the accommodation at Woulaba Garden – a locally owned and managed tourist lodge.

Trainee stonemason Luke Kingston said: “This was my first time abroad and it was a real eye-opener.

“Seeing life in a developing country really brought home how much we take for granted in this country.”

Carpentry student Chris Horler added: “It was an amazing experience, the kind of thing I never thought I’d do. To work somewhere so different to home was a great opportunity and I loved every minute of it.”

Project leader Lynne Scragg said: “The local village made the group very welcome and were really appreciative of the students’ commitment and effort.”