The World Challenge programme run at Colston’s School is specifically designed to meet the needs of pupils who wish to test and extend their existing abilities, as well as those who want to discover talents as yet unseen. Working on a two-year cycle, we take a group of pupils to a part of the developing world so that they can experience different cultures and ways of life.
Travelling abroad is not merely about looking, though. What we find amazing about taking pupils to the developing world for a month at a time is that they find the challenges they face help them to develop confidence and responsibility. They have to cook for themselves, plan journeys, stay healthy and manage large budgets in regions that are, to an extent, alien to them. By organising, managing and leading a group of peers, pupils often realise that their capabilities are far greater that they had previously thought.
The pupils’ fundraising ideas have shown great ingenuity, ranging from a highly-successful murder mystery evenings, waitressing for school events and cake sales. Ultimately, the success and joy of any of these trips is derived, mainly, from the satisfaction of knowing that it has been paid for through planning and hard work.
To learn more about World Challenge Expeditions, visit their website at www.world-challenge.co.uk. You will also find information about our World Challenge 2015 expedition to Ecuador.