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Immersion Memories

Eleven months later, Immersion 2017 is complete. The trip of a lifetime is complete. It

still has not sunk in. The most amazing experience we’ve ever had is over. On Friday,

27th of October, eighteen students and four teachers set off for Tanzania in

Eastern Africa. Emotions were running high as we all began to speculate about what

exactly this foreign land would be like. The reality of our visit was beyond any of our

expectations.

We started our journey with a guided walk around the town centre. The

vibrancy of the place blew me away. However, this bright, bustling exterior could not

disguise the vast poverty overlooking the city. We would come to realise this as our

trip continued. On our third day, we visited the Emusoi Centre. The Emusoi Centre

caters for Maasai girls who are in the pre-secondary program there. The girls were a

joy to meet. It was, at that point, the best day of our lives so far. However, we weren’t

remotely ready for the rest of the trip.We attended Sinon High School, a secondary school under the trusteeship of Edmund Rice. We were paired up with a student

doing similar subjects to ourselves. Everyone at the school was so welcoming, and

quite thrilled to meet us. It certainly made our induction easier. Mid-way through the

week, we played a football match against the students at Sinon. With four previous

years of defeat, our captain Adam Duffy led us to victory. The buzz was brilliant

around the school that day as we joked with the students and formed a bond that,

when it came to parting ways, we couldn’t help but break down in tears. Our week in

Sinon was accompanied with a bunch of wonderful experiences. We visited a local

orphanage which again, took us aback. The warmth of the kids along with the sheer

passion displayed by the owners was amazing. This, however, was not the reality in

the primary school. Classes filled with more than two hundred and fifty kids greeted

us as we entered the school. As we split up to pass out colouring sheets, groups and

groups of eager children crowded around us jostling for that one sheet of paper. It

occurred to us then, just how much of our simple commodities we take for granted

back in Ireland. Our trip to the Plaster House was another rollercoaster of emotions.

The Plaster House caters for injured and unwell children across the country. The kids

were so lively and upbeat, regardless of their suffering. Some of the images from the

Plaster House will surely remain in our minds for a long time. For me, it was the most

moving and magical experience of my life. It really put things into perspective, as did

the entire trip. There’s no doubt that each and every one of us took something

special from this experience. It’s been the most captivating journey of our lives. We’ve

made memories and friendships to last a lifetime, and I’d like to say that we’ve made

a difference in someone’s life. Summing the experience up like this will never give it

justice. The journey was, for the most part, a frenzy of emotions, blended with laughs

and tears that we’ll cherish for the rest of our lives.

Josh Moffatt (5 North) .

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