Edinburgh College Year 11 students and their teachers helped built a 22,500L water tank for a community in Central Santo, Vanuatu, during their recent ADRA Connections trip.
“The Connections trip is well-established as Year 11’s rite of passage, helping wean students off the comforts of home and develop independence,” said Ledua Brooks, a teacher at Edinburgh College and one of the trip leaders.
Students and teachers made strong connections with the community, with the locals helping with the more challenging tasks, and women and children joining in the concrete mixing.
“I really enjoyed the Connections trip. It is my first mission trip and it was not what I expected,” said student Anika Homann. “I thought we would be working the whole time, but I was able to spend time with the community, and the locals helped us build the water tank. One of my favourite days was Sabbath. It is so amazing how much the community gets together and worships God. I think that is something we can learn from and bring back home.”