Eye-opening trip for Weston students

PUBLISHED: 20:00 24 May 2014

Weston College students Carla Bray and Fiona Fogg with children from Ayr Lutton School.

Weston College students Carla Bray and Fiona Fogg with children from Ayr Lutton School.

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A TRIP to Gambia gave Weston students a chance to learn about a different political regime, education and the origins of modern slavery.

First year Weston College students, who are studying sport and public services, were also joined by Weston’s Neighbourhood Inspector Sharon Bennett.

The students met Gambia’s police team, fire service and visited Kunta Kinteh - an area known as a focal point of modern western slavery and made famous by the TV series Roots.

The trip was self-funded by the students, with additional cash provided by the college to go towards providing stationary and books for Ayr Luton School.

Student Charlie Merino, aged 20, said: “The whole experience was a real eye-opener, and it was very emotional and humbling to see people who have nothing approaching life with such happiness and gratitude.

“It’s taught me to never take anything for granted, and I think it has fundamentally changed my outlook on life.”

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