A North Wootton teenager has returned home after a once in a lifetime trip to volunteer in Tanzania.
Frazer Stanford spent four weeks making a difference in the East African country after joining a Camps International expedition last month.
The 16-year-old drummer from Lynn band Jimmy Rockit got involved with building a local school, keeping a waterhole free for the animals to drink at, building a house for an elderly man in a village in the foothills of Kilimanjaro and maintaining a ‘mumma’s’ house in Tanga.
The former pupil of Lynn’s King Edward VII Academy also enjoyed learning Swahili, tried his hand at bush crafts with the Maasai and climbed to the summit of Mount Meru, one of Africa’s highest mountains/.
“It was without doubt the best experience of my life and I would definitely recommend it to anyone,” he said.
He was joined by around 20 other students and teachers for the trip, including fellow former KES students Oliver Crown and Shauna Thiart.
Frazer, who has just started studying music at Lynn’s College of West Anglia, raised £3,800 for the trip through sponsorship and fundraising.
Much of the money was raised when Frazer and three other members of Jimmy Rockit, brothers Zach and Harrison Stanford and Bradley Carr, played a gig at the top of England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike in Cumbria.
That was followed by a second performance at The Tan Hill Inn, England’s highest pub, last July.
Frazer thanked his many sponsors, paying particular thanks to Adrian Flux insurance, Kenneth Bush and The Insurance Office.
He also thanked those who helped make the highest gig possible including the A10 Auto Centre, which provided a mini bus, Rural Broadband, which provided portable Wi-Fi so the band could stream the gig live, and Jason Fuller, who managed the event’s website and Facebook and Twitter accounts.