This summer, 26 pupils from Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Horncastle, spent four weeks in the heart of India.
The kids from the local grammar school, aged between 16 and 18, along with three members of staff, worked with the World Challenge organisation to take part in an adventure abroad that was both challenging and rewarding.
The trip took place between Thursday July 12 and Friday August 10, which means the kids and staff took time out of their summer holidays in order to make the trip possible.
However, the challenge started a long time before this, each pupil had to raise around £3,300 in order to fund the expedition, as well as money on top of that for clothing, equipment, and visas. Therefore, the two years previous to the trip were filled with fund raising and working, as participants are expected to collect the money themselves rather than have parents pay for the trip.
As well as teaching the value of money, the expedition also gave students an idea of the necessities and difficulties when travelling abroad: it was the children who had to organise all travel arrangements, accommodation and food. This was no small task as the trip included a week spent on a charity project, two weeks of trekking and a week of rest and relaxation.
Upon arrival in India, the children split into two groups of 13 before venturing off into Manali. Both groups helped to paint a local school, which also gave them a chance to experience life in an Indian town. Charlie Bishop, 16, one of the students who went on the trip, said: “It was really good having interaction with the kids.” She mentioned how they even had time to play a bit of volleyball with them.
The next part of the trip was the trek, which students spoke of as the most challenging part. Beth Searby, 17, said: “It’s the altitude that really takes it out of you.” And, with the treks reaching altitudes of over 4,000m above sea level, this is no surprise. However, in spite of this difficulty, Libby Crane, 16, said: “It’s so rewarding when you’ve actually finished.”
The rest and relaxation period gave the travellers the opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra and take part in many activities, such as elephant riding and white water rafting.
QEGS will be embarking on its next World Challenge in the summer of 2014. This expedition will follow the famous Silk Route in Asia, which runs through Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Those who participated in this year’s trip strongly encourage people to participate in the next, promising an unforgettable experience. As a result, students are already signing up for 2014 and fundraising events will soon be starting once again at QEGS.
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