(Miami, FL -- September 12, 2019) After traveling to the West Coast of Africa aboard Silver Cloud in April of this year, Silversea guest Robert Lapin is volunteering his time to teach students in Ghana. From his home in California, Lapin connects via Skype with 12 junior high school students and their teacher in Cape Coast, providing English and mathematics lessons for two hours per week. The connection Lapin has developed with the school in Ghana exemplifies the immersive nature of Silversea’s voyages; guests are able to travel deep into destinations, enjoying enriching experiences with local people, as they discover the authentic beauty of the world.
When Silversea's ultra-luxury expedition ship called in Takoradi on April 16, 2019, Lapin and his wife, Temma, embarked upon a Silversea-arranged cultural experience, which ventured about 40 miles northeast to Cape Coast. Here, the retired 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. The Lapins have since made additional donations to the school, including a laptop, speakers, and whiteboards, in addition to sponsoring five children.
Through Silversea's regionalized destination expertise, special arrangements were made for the Lapins to meet the school's head teacher, Justin Ekor, and to extend their visit to attend lessons with a junior high school class and upper primary students.
"I was impressed by the school's level of enthusiasm and determination to create a promising future through education," said Lapin. "Upon reaching home, I decided to create a permanent connection with the school, via the Internet, in order to continue teaching and monitoring the pupils' academic progress."
Lapin partnered with Ekor to establish the Lapin-Ekor School Enrichment Program, with a vision of instilling in every 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.
"We are very moved to learn of Mr. Lapin's experience in Ghana and his desire to make a difference in the lives of the children he met during his expedition cruise along Africa's west coast," said Conrad Combrink, Silversea's Senior Vice President of Strategic Development for Expeditions and Experiences. "It's an honor to know that Silversea helped create a bridge between young students in Ghana and Mr. Lapin, a person inspired to improve the lives of others. This is a testament to the deep and immersive connections that Silversea can unlock for guests."
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