World Challenge Update 1st August 2013
Team One have just completed their project phase of the expedition which lasted for 8 Days. The team were in a rural community outside of Leon working at Maryknol School. Students performed a number of tasks such as decorating the schools dining room and building a number of fences around the school. The team work incredibly hard, with the local community being so appreciative they threw a suprise ´fiesta´and opening ceremony for the new dining room complete with bonfire, dance acts and music.
Team One are now back in Leon preparing for their main Trek which will see them tackle 5 Volcano´s in sweltering heat in only 5 days, although Day 3 will see them climb for hours to the top before a much more rapid decent on a ´Volcano Board´!
World Challenge Update 24th July 2013
Team 1 returned to the mainland for an action packed couple of days which included a hike up volcano Mombacho and zip wire adventure through a coffee plantation. After Granada and the stunning Masaya Market were bought clean out of trinkets and gifts they headed to Leon where they are currently in Leon preparing for their project phase in Maryknol School. The team will be taking vital resources to the school and community as well as performing a number of much needed construction and teaching tasks. The team have been invited to a different families house each night of their stay for a traditional Nicaraguan dinner!
Team two have completed their acclimatisation on Ometepe Island and are now also currently in Leon gearing up for an epic trek through los maribos volcanic chain of 5 volcanoes in 5 days. The 3rd day is due to be even more exciting as they will trek to the top before boarding down!
World Challenge touchdown in Nicaragua - July 2013
Both groups arrived safe and well after a mammoth 26 hours of travelling. The first part of Sunday involved carrying out various admin tasks, then the groups managed to spend some time together at a nearby beach before going their separate ways. Team 1 is currently trekking and swimming on the magical Ometepe Island, tackling the 1,610m ascent of the active Volcano Concepción. Team 2 has been enjoying an adrenaline-fuelled time zipwiring through a coffee plantation in Mombacho Reserve before heading off to the Island.
World Challenge provides educational expeditions in the developing world which teach life skills and expand minds outside the classroom. What sets this bespoke activity apart from other school trips is that students have the added responsibility of fundraising to secure their place on the team.
As a school we are very excited about the opportunity that World Challenge offers to students to do something really unique that will make them stand out from the crowd. The expedition experience will provide them with a wealth of new skills which they will find invaluable in school, at university and in the world of work. Taking part in this expedition can also potentially earn students 70 Ucas points.
For the latest news and information on our next expedition please visit the World Challenge page on the VLE .