‘A life changing experience’

Sandy Wallace with a Masai
Sandy Wallace with a Masai

A Kirkcaldy teenager has recently returned from the trip of a lifetime completing a ‘World Challenge’ in Tanzania this summer.

Sandy Wallace (17), who left Kirkcaldy High School before the holidays, travelled to the African country and spent a month there, working in local nurseries, experiencing the culture and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

The teenager told the Press: “It was a life changing experience that I will never forget.

“We climbed Mt Kilimanjaro which took four and a half days.

“There were times when I didn’t think I would reach the summit. We had to walk uphill for eight hours a day whilst trying to overcome the altitude sickness.”

Sandy had the chance to spend time in Dar Es Salam, as well as on safari and visiting a traditional Masai village during his month long trip.

But he said the most rewarding part was doing voluntary work at a nursery in Moshi.

He said: “The school kids were from very poor families.

“Despite all the difficulties the children faced they were so full of life always smiling and singing, I loved my time with them.”

Sandy also had the opportunity to take a full lesson and taught them how to learn the alphabet through pictures.

Before he was able to complete the World Challenge Sandy had to raise a total of £4000 through various fundraising events.

He said he’d like to thank everyone who helped him raise the money and have an experience he’ll never forget.