It was a life changing trip for kids from Wheatland Crossing School. On February 16 a group of kids set off to learn more about the Maasai Mara culture in rural Kenya.

"It's through the WE organization, the ME to WE, it is a charity based out of Toronto and their premisis is to get young people engaged and active in making a change," explained Kathy Gerritsen, a teacher at Wheatland Crossing School who organized the trip.

The group was gone for 11 days in total, and did everything from visiting hospitals and schools, to weapons training with the Maasai warriors.

"We went into rural Kenya, into the Maasai Mara area in Kenya, and stayed in a camp which was basically your rustic tents, showers, toilets; and then got totally immersed into the culture," said Gerritson.

Gerritsen is very passionate about travel and knows what an impact it can be to bring students to certain areas for life changing experiences.

"A lot of what they took away was how good we have it here in Canada; also that the culture in Kenya, they are so hard working and appreciative of the opportunities that they get," advised Gerritsen.

She said that they are looking into what they can do to help local issues here, or do some fundraising to support the Maasai Mara in Kenya. Gerritsen says she will continue to plan these trips for the kids and hopes that the more students that go, the bigger impact it can have here at home.


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