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Planned trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

Planned trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
The flooded caldera of volcano Laguna Quilotoa.
Planned trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Island tortoises.
Planned trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
Quito at night.
Planned trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
A blue footed booby.
Planned trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
White water rafting.
Thursday 5th September 2013 by C. Freeman

Following the success of this year’s expedition to Venezuela plans are already being drawn up for the next adventure – a month long trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

The trip is scheduled to take place in summer 2015 and it will also include trekking and a community project, an unforgettable opportunity to experience the life and culture of an Amazonian tribe.

Humanities teacher Mr Houghton will accompany the Brooke Weston students, as well as an expedition leader from organisers Outlook Expeditions that are based in north Wales.

Highlights of the trip will including trekking up Laguna Quilotoa, a dormant volcano filled with water coloured turquoise by natural minerals. Its caldera measures 2.5km across and trekkers will take part in acclimatisation in order to reach its height of 3840m. There will also be the opportunity to experience white water rafting as well as visiting the historic town of Quito.

The six day trip to the Galapagos Islands will be another highlight as students will see the famous giant tortoises and penguins. The group will sail around the islands and snorkel at various sites seeing spectacular marine life including the Whale Shark. The community project will take place within an Amazonian community.

Outlook Expeditions said: ‘The Yanapuma NAPO is a fantastic project which aims to promote sustainable community development in this extremely rural and cut-off region of Ecuador. Whilst living and working with the villagers you will have a truly unique opportunity to learn about Ecuador’s varied ethnic origins and cultures, whilst providing genuine help to a much needed development.

‘The people of this region have suffered terrible setbacks and environmental damage beyond their control, and to be part of and learn from these communities is a brilliant way to help their cause and make sure their plight is not forgotten.’

‘Since 2001, Outlook Expeditions has sent thousands of young people around the globe on overseas expeditions. Outlook’s aim is to provide quality expeditions that not only offer a once in a lifetime chance to explore new places, but also opportunities to develop key skills such as leadership, communication and teamwork. Developing these skills offers participants a head start in becoming mature, confident and capable adults and concrete evidence of skills to support university or job applications.’

Mr Houghton said: ‘This will be an amazing opportunity for our students and the fact that it includes a stay on the world famous Galapagos Islands makes it even more special. Students currently in Years 10, 11 and 12 will be able to sign up and we are publicising it early to allow them two years to raise the funds to take part. Further information on enrolment and costs will be given out in assembly and at an information evening that parents will be invited to attend.’

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