Whitburn Academy organised a trip to Peru in association with the Vine Trust in June 2014. The group of pupils spent 15 days in different areas of Peru, one of the poorest countries in the world, where they helped to dig a trench for a septic tank and helped to lay foundations for a bridge over a stream. The group travelled with another Scottish school and had a wonderful experience that they say will change theirs and others' lives forever.
This opportunity was offered to all of last term's S5 and S6 pupils. The cost per student was over £2600, with the aim that the group – students, parents/carers and staff – raised at least half that amount per person.
Various steps were taken – there was several meetings of the group, with roles allocated, volunteers noted to lead particular initiatives, and monies sought and promised from a variety of sources – in order to reach the first of our fund “targets”. We knew we had much to do, in a relatively short amount of time, but every member of the group was fully committed and we reached our goal.
The school recieved a cheque from Morrison Facility Services for £1500 as a donation towards the £17,000 needed to fund this trip, with Tom Griffin from Morrison Facility Services coming to the school to hand over the cheque. Various other fundraisers including Ceilidhs allowed the group to reach their target amount.
Further information on their trip can be found in the blog that the group produced whilst in Peru. It can be found at http://waperutrip.wordpress.com/
A group of pupils are currently fundraising to visit Peru as part of one of the Vine Trust trips in Summer 2018. Keep watching the news pages of the website to find out about our fundraising efforts.
Further information on the Vine Trust can be found at http://www.vinetrust.org/ .