Getting ready for two weeks in Sri Lanka

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A GROUP of students is preparing for a trip to Sri Lanka.

The students from St John’s College, a De La Salle school in Southsea, will work with De La Salle college students in Sri Lanka supporting projects which help the poor.

Students leave for De Mazenod College on Wednesday and will spend two weeks working with the students as part of a cultural exchange.

Students will help younger children with their English by teaching them English songs and games.

The group will take money and donations of equipment and clothing to local people.

Jasper Clow, from Southsea, is 15 and at the end of Year 10.

He said: ‘This trip to Sri Lanka is such a brilliant opportunity, and it’s great to do something like this with a group of my friends. I am sure the experience will make us truly appreciate what we have back home.

‘I am looking forward to learning about a different culture, helping school children and getting involved in building projects.’

Students will also visit the cities of Colombo and Kandy, an elephant orphanage, and the tea plantation in the hill country around Nuwara Eliya.