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11 Sep 2019
Fundraising has already begun for an unforgettable trip to Zambia in 2020 - just weeks after a group of Year 13 students returned from a three week expedition to Swaziland.
Teacher Ricky Wickwar writes: 'Phase 1 was about acclimatisation. Students got to grips with the local surroundings, learning about the culture (watching cultural dances, visiting museums about the history of Eswatini) whilst sourcing food and water ready for the next phase.
Phase 2 was trekking. Students took on a four day trek in challenging conditions with the weight of the backpack and the heat throughout the day, whilst cooking for themselves and entertaining themselves without modern day technology. Students were camping and making their own food as well from food they sourced from phase 1.
Phase 3 was where the project work took place. Students completed three projects in four days. In the first, they had to help the eco system by taking out the invasive species which were ruining the scenery and other plant life. In the second, students had to make a 400m path through tough terrain in the wildlife park and to re route cars so they didn’t have to come in contact with animals. The final project was making a water hole for all the wildlife in the area as there is currently a drought. Students were camping in between the hard work they put in on the project. One morning we went for a walk and 50m up the road from where we were camping was a family of giraffes!
Phase 4 was where students got to relax and enjoy the scenery. Students went on a walking safari and driving safari. They were lucky enough to see elephants, white rhinos, zebras and giraffes. Students were camping in a camp site. In the evening, you could hear the lions roaring to different groups of lions which was just amazing to hear! A visit to the Nelson Mandela Museum and the Apartheid Museum en route to Johannesburg airport was hard hitting but educational
The whole experience were awesome! The students were fantastic and took a lot from it. It has inspired students to go on and explore other countries and cultures across the world and they have already started planning their next personal trip. A highlight of the trip was learning about the history of Nelson Mandela and apartheid, along with the safari when a family of rhinos were walking towards us and the ranger stopped them in their tracks and diverted them away from us. Seeing the students develop as individuals and confront challenges they wouldn’t usually face was just amazing to see.
The next expedition is to Zambia in 2020 for which 17 students are already fundraising. This will be followed in 2021 by a trip to Costa Rica which will be open to current Year 12 students.
Mr Geoff Staniforth (Headteacher)
Ashby de la Zouch
Tel: 01530 413748