In July, Mike Eslick set off with 14 other science teachers to teach in African orphanages, take a safari adventure into the Serengeti and climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Michigan Technological University’s Institute for Leadership and Innovation coordinated the Xsci Africa trip.
Eslick, 49, said he applied for the program to gain experience to bring to the classroom and cross two items off his "bucket list": go on a safari and climb a big mountain.
Throughout the trip, the teachers kept a journal to document the trip and record their emotions.
While the group visited St. Timothy’s Schools for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, they taught for an entire day for grades 3-7.
Eslick — who teaches in the Oceana County school district — said the group gave children toothbrushes, toothpaste, and glow sticks and other toys. He also gave away a guitar from Firehouse Guitars to a student who took an interest in playing the instrument.
“It was like Christmas,” Eslick said.
The second part of the three-week trip included a safari adventure through the Serengeti. Eslick said they saw thousands of wildebeests, zebras, cape buffalo and other wildlife.
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