Our World Challenge students are now in Venezuela for a month-long trip that involves trekking, a community project and a trip to Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world. The students will acclimatise to the Amazonian conditions by doing a mini-trek on the Paria Peninsula then join the Ye'kuana tribe for a project.
Then they will tackle the main trek, a five-day climb up Mount Roraima before a bit of rest and relaxation at Angel Falls. The students have been fundraising for the trip for years, and have raised money by bag-packing and car washing. The ten students are accompanied by teachers Miss Bianco and Mr Houghton, as well as an experienced guide from World Challenge.
Miss Bianco said: ‘I am really looking forward to being in the Amazon which will be such a different environment and the challenge of climbing Mount Roraima, a flat-topped mountain with views over Brazil, Guyana and Venezuela. It is just going to be spectacular. We are also going to Angel Falls which is just going to be beautiful.
‘We have got a little trek first in the acclimatisation phase on the Paria Peninsula. From Caracas you go east across the coast and we will be climbing through the cloud forest, that is a four-day event and we will be camping on the beach. A local guide will take us into the Amazon and show us the wildlife, plants and birds.
I am really excited to work with the local Ye'kuana tribe. Similar projects have built toilet blocks or else we might teach something. No-one has been with that tribe before so that is really exciting, we will be the first ones.’
‘From there we get ready for our main trek which will be Mount Roraima which is on the border of Brazil and is a flat top mountain that inspired ‘The Lost World.’ The trek itself is five days. Then we go back to Angel Falls which is going to be spectacular and we will sleep there in hammocks that day.
'We have a satellite phone in case of emergency. I have got a lot of faith in World Challenge and a lot of faith in the students. They have done a lot of research on the country. During the trip they will all have an opportunity to be the leader and book transport and accommodation and organise the food and budget. It is the trip of a lifetime and I am really looking forward to seeing how the students develop as individuals.’