Man takes time out from Africa expedition cruise to help students
We just had to share this story about a Silversea passenger who gave back.
Robert Lapin was on board Silversea Silver Cloud last April cruising the west coast of Africa. He volunteers his time to teach students in Ghana. Lapin connects with a dozen junior high school students via Skype from his home in California.
The connection Lapin has developed with the school in Ghana personifies the immersive nature of Silversea’s voyages. So when the line’s expedition ship stopped in Takoradi Lapin and his wife Temma embarked on a Silversea-arranged cultural experience, which ventured about 40 miles northeast to Cape Coast.
Other Silversea passengers also step up to the plate
Once there, the former Systems Analyst visited Archbishop Amissah Memorial Basic School at Duakor, bringing school supplies, games and clothing for the children—as did fellow guests and members of the ship’s Expedition Team.
Silversea made special arrangements for the Lapins to meet the school’s head teacher, Justin Ekor. And also to extend their visit to attend lessons with a junior high school class and upper primary students.
The Lapins continue to make donations to the school, including a laptop, speakers, and whiteboards, in addition to sponsoring five children.
A partnership with Ekor
“The school’s level of enthusiasm and determination to create a promising future through education is impressive,” says Lapin. Once back in the States, Lapin created a permanent connection with the school, via the Internet, to continue teaching and monitoring the pupils’ academic progress.”
Lapin partnered with Ekor to establish the Lapin-Ekor School Enrichment Program. His vision is to teach Cape Coast student the skills and attitudes necessary to become leaders in business and government, and good citizens of the world.
The program’s goals include the aim to acquire additional computer equipment and supplies for the school; recruit additional teachers from the U.S. and internationally; and recruit student sponsors from the U.S. to provide financial support for high school attendance.
Making a difference
Silversea’s expedition ships host expedition experts to lead immersive shore experiences. They also give informative lectures, discussions and recaps on boar along with guided Zodiac excursions, hikes, and nature walks ashore. All of which are included in the fare.
Almost all-inclusive fares
Silversea expedition fares include ocean-view suites, gourmet cuisine, butler service and complimentary beverages, wines and spirits throughout the ship and stocked in-suite beverage cabinets. Passengers also get unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi (although satellite coverage in Polar Regions may be limited).