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World Challenge to Myanmar 2018

On Monday 3rd December ten students and two staff members together with their accompanying guide flew via Singapore to Yangon in Myanmar.

This will be the fourth adventure that Christchurch Girls’ High School has undertaken with the global expedition company, World Challenge. This company offers trips that last 4 weeks in developing countries to over 50 destinations- targeted at students aged between 15 and 18. The programme involves 15 to 20 months of preparation, to train team members in the necessary skills that will be required during their fully immersive and intense expedition in the developing world. We’ve had an overnight camp at Living Springs under canvas and lots of useful after school briefings.

We’ll spend time working with a school in Yangon, get to visit Inle Lake and the temple dotted plains of Bagan and trek around Pindaya with its amazing caves. As well we’ll get to do some shopping! The group gets back 1st January, so we’ll be away from our families at Christmas time, so we’ll be bringing back some interesting gifts-as well as some amazing memories and useful skills.

The school’s earlier destinations were Argentina, where we repaired and painted a school for intellectually disabled students, Ecuador, where we painted a football stadium on Santa Cruz (one of the islands of the Galapagos) and Nepal, where students assisted in a local community school. As well, the students trekked with mules in the high Andes, climbed to the glacier near the summit of Cotapaxi (the world’s second highest active volcano) and swam with sharks off the Galapagos and trekked where the air is thin in Nepal.

Sound interesting? Our next adventure is in 2020. You could be on it.