Today we had an extremely busy day planned!
We departed the university campus early in the morning to visit Tumba Technical College. The students were in the middle of their exams however the lecturers were extremely keen to show us around the campus. Their sustainable energy systems were of particular interest to the team. They use solar power in order to provide electricity to the school and heat their water.
After the tour we drove for a couple of hours to Musanze where Sonrise school is located. Unfortunately this visit didn’t go quite to plan due to lots of roads in the area being closed off for the cycling cup. We were determined to reach the school on time so made the decision to walk for 45 minutes with our materials.
The school visit was extremely successful, at first the pupils seemed hesitant to ask questions, however after some encouragement from the head boy and girl we received lots of thought provoking questions. Many of the students were even interested to know how they could continue their studies in the UK.
Unfortunately because of the road closures our plans for the rest of the day had to be changed. Originally we planned to drive to Lake Kivu after the school visit, however we decided as a team it wouldn’t be worth it as the sun would have set by the time we arrived.
Instead we visited the National Volcano Park which was located close to the school. The entrance to the park was decorated with a variety of large wicker animals which the girls took as a photo opportunity. Although the weather wasn’t the best it was amazing to see the volcanoes so close up.
On the drive back to the accommodation we discussed going on a night out. Ellen had been in the two previous years she came and wanted us to experience the nightlife there. Five of us from the Glasgow Team and Lydia went out for some drinks at a bar and then headed to a nightclub called Envy. We had a great night dancing and were extremely happy to find that the club sold food!! We all enjoyed some brochettes and cheesy potatoes before heading home.
The FemEng in Rwanda Team 2019 🙂