The CBNL sponsored programme has seen students from a college local to our UK HQ visit schools in South Africa and Mozambique to help teach lessons and get involved in school life.
We catch up with student Martha Hallett-Morley...
"South Africa 2011 was the absolute trip of a lifetime.
"In just three and a half weeks we experienced so much of a country that has so much to offer. We experienced the wonderful South African culture: the food, the music, the dancing; we pony trekked across the snow tipped mountains of Lesotho where we stayed in the little of huts of Malealea; and spent a weekend in the contrasting sunny beaches of Durban – with shark infested waters!
"We made some wonderful friends there and visited some amazing places.
"The time we spent in Edendale Primary and High, taught us a great deal about the culture and school system of South Africa.
"We were able to compare our school to theirs and, whilst gaining some great teaching experience, we were able to share some English traditions.
"For many of us the highlight of the trip was spending our evenings in the orphanage, with Virginia, Keitu, Gontse, Dipuo, Lucky, Thabang and Bassiame. We got incredibly close over the two weeks we spent with them, and it brought many tears saying goodbye.
"They taught us a great deal, and we definitely left a strong impression on each other. I know most of us are planning to return in a few years and visit them again.
"Despite having heard wonderful things from previous years, South Africa managed to defy expectations in every way, and proved to be a truly life-changing experience."