Experience of a lifetime for Westonbirt School pupils
PUBLISHED: 14:21 13 October 2011 | UPDATED: 21:38 20 February 2013
Nine girls from Westonbirt School, aged 15-18, embarked on a lifetime adventure to Southern Peru on a World Challenge Expedition in July. The school's 'World Challenge Team' raised money for the trip through a series of fundraising activities
Nine girls from Westonbirt School, aged 15-18, embarked on a lifetime adventure to Southern Peru on a World Challenge Expedition in July. The schools World Challenge Team raised money for the trip through a series of fundraising activities, including a Harry Potter Day and a Westonbirt Lecture with mountaineer Kenton Cool.
The expedition took the pupils, together with Westonbirt School Housemistress Maija Calvert, on a three week journey from Lima to Cusco, where they adjusted to the altitude (which sat at an incredible 3100m) and prepared for their trek. After many snowy peaks, a hale storm, superb views and freezing nights the team finally arrived in Lares, where they bathed in the stunning thermal springs. From there, the expedition travelled to the world-famous fortress city of the ancient Incas, Machu Picchu, founded in 1911 by American historian Hiram Bingham.
The main focus of the expedition was the project phase, which took them to Puno, next to Lake Titicaca. The team spent time with local school children, renovating the schools classroom. During the project phase the team had to produce their own meals and do their own washing which was somewhat of an experience with just one well, their only source of water!
After an exhausting but thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding few weeks, the team returned back to Westonbirt where they reflected on their time in Peru. Housemistress Maija Calvert described the expedition as: Quite simply, exhilarating. The girls and I felt incredibly privileged to be part of such an amazing journey. I think I speak for all when I say that the entire experience is something I will never forget. I would do it all again tomorrow if I could!
To view further photos from the World Challenge Team trip, please visit www.westonbirt.gloucs.sch.uk