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Nepal Here We Come!

posted 7 Mar 2014, 05:12 by Google Google   [ updated 7 Mar 2014, 05:13 ]

One of the students going on the trip to Nepal this summer, Chloe Williams in Year 12, says she has always wanted to go abroad to do volunteer work with children, and now she has her chance!

Thirteen Sixth Form and Year 11 students are off later this term for a packed two weeks on the trip of a lifetime.  Together with Mr Lobb and Ms Chester, the group is flying to Kathmandu where they will pick up a bus to Pokhara.  From there they will trek for 4 days to the Everest base camp (weather permitting), to Poon Hill – the highest point they plan to reach is 2800 metres above sea level. 

Following that, they move to a community project in a primary school where they will be painting the building, putting up fences around a lake and decorating as well as interacting with the children – they are going to teach them rug making!  These few days will be followed by one night camping and white-water rafting, after which they travel to Chitwan National Park in the south of the country where they will stay in lodges and make friends with the elephants!

Each student has had to raise £2495 for the trip.  Chloe raised hers by working every shift she could at Gullivers fish and chip shop and by organising a special fund-raising night at Bombay Nite in Walton where she hired the whole restaurant and sold tickets for a special night which included entertainment, raffles and quizzes raising £600.

There is a huge list of things to take on the trip : everything from suitable clothing for all the different activities, rubble sack for waterproofing rucksacks, chlorine dioxide to purify the water, money belt, head torch, first aid kit, wet wipes, toilet roll, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, sunglasses, sewing kit, camera, waterproof camera case (for rafting!), cotton buds, foot powder, rehydration sachets, plasters, Immodium, lipsalve - the list goes on and on!

Chloe has had all her injections now – Hepatitis A and B, Cholera and malaria tablets, and is spending time practising walking in her hiking boots – she doesn’t want any blisters when she gets to Nepal!

We will be following the trip and putting reports, pictures and video on the Felixstowe Academy website when they return.  We wish them God-speed and hope they all have a fantastic, rewarding and exciting time.