FIVE pupils from Raisethorpe Secondary School are representing South Africa in the Shanghai International Sister Cities Youth Camp, accompanied by their drama teacher, Tarin Chetty. Tasmia Gani (16), Taryn Enoch (16), Nothile Mvelase (17) and Nikheal David (16) are in Grade 11 with Mduduzi Zwane (16) in Grade 10. This is the first overseas trip for them who were extremely excited about their new journey. The group spoke to Maritzburg Fever before they left on Sunday, 10 July. The camp is a cultural exchange programme that gives pupils from 20 countries an opportunity to showcase their country and its heritage through dramatic arts. Raisethorpe Secondary is the only school in SA to be selected to participate. The school was selected by the Department of Education and pupils were chosen based on their merit in the subject at the school. “We are very excited to be given this opportunity. Lots of hard work has been put into it and the group has worked constantly. They are hard workers so for me it was easy to get them ready to participate,” said Chetty. Tasmia said one of the things the group is most looking forward to is meeting new people and interacting with pupils from all over the world. “We will be exposed to other countries and have an opportunity to see how other children our age live. Our main aim is to show them that South Africa has much to offer and is not just filled with wildlife and safaris,” she said. The group iwill showcase different races, religions and cultures and give a well-rounded showcase of what the country is about. They return to Pietermaritzburg on Sunday, 24 July.