It wasn’t a scheduled part of their 10-day service learning trip to South Africa, but an impromptu project that was literally hands-on proved memorable for some Providence Day students.
The nine students, who went with six faculty/staff on the spring break trip, happened to stay on Noordhoek Beach -- where 19 pilot whales beached themselves. Students and sea rescue personnel worked for three hours to save the whales. Among them, from left: juniors Rachel Rolband, Ansley Calandra, Bayley Cron and Taylor Dowell.
“Going into this trip, I knew that I was going to get to do some amazing things,” Bayley said. “But as a lifelong animal lover, getting the opportunity to help save the lives of the beached Pilot whales was more incredible than I could have possibly imagined. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget.”
Karen Brand, director of strategic marketing and communications for the school, said one of the whales the students worked on made it back into the ocean successfully.
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The group traveled to South Africa as part of the school’s Global Education program.