Departure Day is here!
After 18 long months of fundraising, hard work and effort the World Challenge students at Llantwit Major Comprehensive are set for what promises to be the trip of a lifetime. Challengers James, Elen, Bethany, Abbie, Llewelyn, Charlotte and Nell along with teachers Miss Carr, Mrs Gallo and expedition leader Chris are pictured ready for the first leg of their journey to India.
“We’re due to arrive in Delhi on the 8th July and on arrival the challengers have to find transport to take us on the 8 hour journey to Nainital,” says Miss Carr. “This experience is all about them; their ability to work together, to solve problems, to budget whilst all the time being aware of risks, the need to be safe and to look after one another.”
The team work started long before today though as the team has pulled together since day 1. As a result of a combined effort they raised sufficient funds for each challenger to receive approximately £900 towards the cost of the trip. Each student has then topped this up by part time work, helping out around the community or has come up with other enterprising ways of meeting any shortfall.
Whilst in India they will be immersed in an incredible learning environment where they will be encouraged to listen, learn new skills, ask questions and explore. Part of the time will be spent helping out with a community project before embarking on the trekking phase of the adventure. The 3 day trek involves walks of up to 19Km a day as well as the setting up and dismantling of the camp at each stop. “We’ve worked really hard on our fitness,” says Abbie, “and we’ve had to record our progress along the way. This is all part of the challenge and is something I’ve really enjoyed.”
Miss Carr added, “This has been a tremendous experience from the very start. It would not have been possible without the unwavering support of the parents to whom we are very grateful. They have helped in so many ways from organising stalls, raffles, bag packing, and of course helping to set up the fantastic “Thank You for the Music” concert that was put on at the school. The team has a lot of people and organisations to thank for their support including The Lions, The Rotary, St Illtyd’s Trust, Stage Door1, Llantwit Major PTA, The Flower Shop, Filco, The Co-operative and very many more. And of course a big thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way. If you bought a raffle ticket, attended our events or provided donations then we are extremely grateful for your kindness.
Dhanyavaad. (Thank you).
Deputy Head Teacher comment:
As a school we are very proud of the group of students Elen Jenkins, James Cousins, Charlotte Lucas, Llewellyn Brown, Nell Roberts, Abbie Farmer and Bethany Barrell for the commitment, hard work and effort they have put in to making this ‘trip of a lifetime’ happen. Mrs Carr and Mrs Gallo have been a constant support and, together as a group, they should have a memorable experience.