Vietnam volunteering for school students
The countdown is on for students, teachers and parents who will be on the plane to Vietnam next week.
As part of Eden Christian Academy's first ever school trip abroad, 13 students from year 10 to 13 will be embarking on a life changing journey.
The students, along with nine parent helpers and two staff members, will be away from 19 April until 4 May. They will be spending ten days at the beginning of the trip volunteering at a primary school where they will be painting and renovating the buildings, and teaching children English.
Vinh Thanh Primary School has just over 350 students aged six to 11. The classrooms were built in 2008 but have not been freshened up for nearly ten years due to a lack of funds.
ECA with Hearts For Hue, a non-profit organisation that runs projects to improve the quality of life for people in Hue city, south of Hanoi, will be organising activities for the group.
The students will be split into three groups, to complete construction, murals and teaching English.
"This is a great opportunity for the students to serve others," says Principal Willem van Rensburg.
Planned in less than a year, the staff would like to thank the community for their great support.
"We couldn't have done it without our community," Willem says.
"It's taken a huge amount of work. We've had an outstanding group of parent helpers under Katrina Howard's guidance and leadership. She has organised flights, visas and accommodation to make this happen," he says.
The school has hosted various fundraisers including car washes, movie nights and dinners.
Now it is time for the trip to happen. "The students are really looking forward to it," he says.
"This trip is a good opportunity for the students to live in another culture, and to serve others," Katrina says.
Caption: Students and staff members from Eden Christian Academy who will be heading to Vietnam this month.