Students start to plan Central America trek.
Students who have signed up for Thornton’s inaugural World Challenge next year have begun to plan their school expedition. The 22 students in Years 10, 11 and 12 will be embarking on a month-long trip to Nicaragua and Costa Rica in summer 2018.
This week, Dom Clatworthy, a World Challenge training manager for Buckinghamshire, came into school to talk the two teams of girls through the process and alert them to the possibilities and adventures that await them in Central America.
‘You now need to map out the core and the structure of what your expedition will look like,’ he said. ‘Today, it’s about getting a framework in place and deciding how you are going to spend your time in these countries.’ The 28 days, he continued, would be split into four phases: acclimatisation; trekking; a project; and rest and relaxation.
The destinations are two of the most culturally and geographically diverse offered by World Challenge. With plenty of resource materials and help in managing their choices, the two teams had two hours to start zooming in on activities of particular interest and planning trekking routes and projects.
What type of terrain did they want to trek, and did they want to go wild camping or stay in hostels? What theme would they also like for their project – rural education, conservation or reforestation, for example.
These findings the students then presented to their parents. In future meetings, the girls will again be encouraged to take complete ownership of their expeditions as they firm up their proposals.