About Us


We are 6th Form Students (age 17-18) from the Coopers’ Company and Coborn School, a co-educational comprehensive school in Upminster, Essex. Our school mission is to “'Love as Brethren”. We have a long tradition of travelling abroad on trips which try to live up to this goal. They are always more challenging than the norm and they supplement adventure with truly worthwhile projects for the benefit of third world communities. Each expedition combines a personal challenge with a community project.

It was on one such trip, to Namibia in 2004, that we first came across a village near Livingstone in Zambia where the school facilities for the local children were inadequate for their needs. As a result, in 2006, the team managed, arguably, their finest achievement to date. A two classroom school was built, resourced and made operational. Named, Twabuka Community School, work to extend the school in the 2008 expedition meant that the school roll has now risen to over 140 children.

2008 also saw the start of the Egg Company – where it is hoped that the introducion of a chicken shed will eventually generate revenue for the community.

Whilst the pupils of the school have done the majority of the fund-raising (over £21,000 for the 2010 expedition) the actual work on site has been managed by Alan and Oriel of Nomad African Travel Ltd. In addition to being our tour operators they have done a sterling job in moving the project forward.

There was much celebration therefore when, in the summer of 2010, 30 pupils and 4 staff travelled back to Sinde Village in Zambia to oversee the final construction of much needed community pre-school and health centre.

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