To share the story with a wider reaching audience, Botswana & Zambia 2019 renamed to Africa Youth Experience, nicely abbreviating to 'AYE' a play on words that combines the African and Scottish connection.
The trip cost will be covered by individual and group fundraising efforts. As 6th year pupils, the boys had the option to consider a range of organisational offers, which similarly involve a self-funding aspect. However, at an average cost of around £4,500 for a 2/3 week duration, the boys & family members collectively came to the conclusion that this was not the best fit.
The team have a combined love of health & fitness, outdoor life and adventure - and like many young people, they were excited about undertaking a trip that would mark the end of school life.
In 2012 and again in 2015, Tiaan Wright (6th year pupil) was able to experience the beauty that is Botswana & Zambia. His subsequent love of the country and wildlife have since been shared with family and friends. The Wright family connection to this part of the world is what led to the other group members choosing this region and the Home for AIDS Orphans charity as the perfect and most obvious choice as somewhere to fulfil not only a trip of a lifetime, but also an incredibly worthwhile voluntary cause.
Primary leader, Jimmy Wright, who was born in Zambia and grew up in Botswana and had his first encounter with bush life was when he was only weeks old. Jimmy's son, Tiaan who will be making his 3rd trip to Botswana and Jimmy’s dad, Roger Wright, who now resides in the UK having spent more than 40 years living in Botswana & Zambia. Roger still heads out to Botswana 2-3 times a year for approximately 6-8 weeks at a time.
Businessman Paul Burns & his son Sean.
Father & son duo Derek & Matthew Crabbe, Callum Morrans, Elliot Duff, Ronan McLaren & Daniel McGarrie will all be making their first trip to Botswana and Zambia.
Departing from Glasgow Airport on the 2nd July - they will fly to O.R Tambo in Johannesburg, where the group will reconvene with Jimmy & Roger who will fly out in advance to collect vehicles. Once stocked with supplies, first stop will be Khama Rhino sanctuary, then Nata Sua Pan. From there they will head to Mwandi where they will volunteer. After their 10 day stay here, they move onto Victoria Falls followed by some bush camping life before returning to Johannesburg & flying home.