A DEDICATED guide leader and teacher will be travelling more than 6,000 miles this summer to take part in a voluntary schools project in Kenya.

Sarah Jenkins, a leader with 1st Earley Guide Unit and Earley Senior Section Unit, is heading to Nakuru to represent guide leaders from across the south west of England.

She is no stranger to African travels, having previously taken part in a teacher exchange programme to Zimbabwe.

“I am looking forward to experiencing a new culture and meeting and working with the Kenyan teachers and meeting Kenyan guides,” she said.

“The trip is a great opportunity for me to combine guiding and teaching.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to experience a different education system, to working alongside the Kenyan teachers, learning from them and also sharing new strategies with them.”

During the two-week trip, Sarah and the rest of the group will be volunteering in two schools and offering support to teachers.

More than 60 disadvantaged Kenyan children will receive help from Sarah and her team of guide leaders.

Sarah will have the chance to visit a giraffe sanctuary and elephant orphanage, as well as a nearby slum located on a mountain of rubbish where some of the disadvantaged children live.

The group will also be going on an overnight safari in the Masai Mara.

Sarah added: “I have previously been on a teacher exchange trip to Zimbabwe. I anticipate that there will be some similar challenges, such as the large class sizes and lack of resources.

“I am also prepared for a very different style of teaching to that in the UK.”

The trip is organised by African Adventures and provides humanitarian and financial support to a range of educational projects.