Kind-hearted students from Sandwell College used their study trip to help poverty-stricken orphans in Goa for the fifth year running. Around 30 travel and sport students visited the Mango House project, presenting children with sports equipment and toys.

Travel and Tourism students made snowmen from socks and rice with the children, cut out snowflakes, and coloured and decorated characters from Frozen. They also donated a huge soft toy collection to give to the children on their birthdays.

Sports students visited the Chimbel pre-primary school where they ran an all-day sports festival, entertaining 50 children with football, cricket, skipping, badminton, catch and rugby games. The students raised more than £400 before the trip to sponsor a child at the school and buy sports equipment.

They also passed on their own football shirts from past seasons and Wolves kit donated by the club. Thomas Cook Airlines generously provided a free luggage allowance for the learners to transport the extra cargo.

Travel lecturer Julie Greenway said: “This trip gives students a real experience of a long haul destination and flight, which many will not have already had.
“They experience another side to the resort when they help those less fortunate than themselves, which may be quite a culture shock.”

A spokesman for the charity said: “The equipment donated by the students will continue to provide the children with a lot of fun in future.
“It really was a happy day for everyone involved and we say a huge thank you for it.”

ready to entertain a group of 50 children with all manner of sporting activities. The students threw themselves into entertaining the children with so many games including football, cricket, skipping, badminton, catch and even rugby. Lots of sporting equipment was donated which will continue to provide the children with a lot of fun in future and every child received a t shirt. As you can see it really was a happy afternoon for everyone involved and we say a huge thank you for

More information about the project is available at www.mangotreegoa.org

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