Girls from Year 11 and the Sixth Form embarked on their World Challenge for three and a half weeks of jungle trekking, orangoutangs, swimming with whale sharks, and learning about leadership in Borneo, Malaysia, Swaziland and Mozambique.
The two groups of fifteen girls in the South Pacific were put through their paces after days of hiking in the jungle, sleeping in hammocks and encountering orangoutangs along the way. The girls displayed great leadership qualities and learnt how to be team players, and it was fantastic to see friendships being formed across year groups. The girls had the rewarding task of rehousing turtle eggs on the beaches from the hours of 11pm to 7am in shifts, making sure that they were oriented correctly to have the best chance of surviving. The girls developed new skills and had plenty of time to reflect on their experience.
The twelve girls in Swaziland and Mozambique had an equally challenging but rewarding three and a half weeks. Highlights included swimming with whale sharks and manta rays, visiting Kruger National Park - one of the largest game reserves in Africa - and working with the local community to help build a school in Swaziland. Unfortunately, a wildfire on the first day of the trek meant that the girls had to rework their itinerary and stay a couple of nights in accommodation provided by the World Challenge team. The free pizza they were given also went down a treat after having to cook their breakfast, lunch and dinner over a fire since they arrived.
Again, the Swaziland and Mozambique group learnt a lot of valuable skills and really bonded and made friends for life.