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Zambia visa charges hit school charity mission

Students at Wye Valley were left facing a £2,000 visa bill A group of 22 sixth-form students and three teachers from Wye Valley School, in Buckinghamshire, almost abandoned plans for a charitable trip to Zambia this week after they discovered that they faced nearly £2,000 in visa charges. "As well as teaching Zambian students to be young leaders, we were going to install 40 computers, train teachers and coach sports," said Sue Pomeroy, head of the sixth form. "We've been supported by our local Rotary Club and were delighted to reach our £19,000 target. All the equipment we take with us we will leave in Lusaka, so we feel we will be doing quite a lot to support the country. Despite all this, we now have to find another £1,875 to get into Zambia."…(read more)