Video: Belfast teens make a difference in South Africa

Fourteen young people from opposite sides of the peace line in Belfast are settling back into home life after a two-week trip of a lifetime to South Africa.

Paul McCusker, a leader with the Belfast2blanco project which saw the teens visit a very deprived township to help out within the local community, said their experiences have inspired them to make positive changes to their lives back on the Shankill and Ardoyne.

The team pictured with some of the locals in Blanco

The team pictured with some of the locals in Blanco

“It was a tough experience, very worthwhile, but hard too because people in the area are living in extreme poverty,” he said.

After cleaning up the streets, replacing broken windows, helping with the food run, visiting and helping in the nursing homes, organising a fun day for the local children and visiting the sick, the group now intends to continue meeting each week and discussing good things they can do for their local communities at home.

Check out more of the group’s videos here on YouTube and visit for more information.