Thursday 9th October 2008 by C. Freeman
Staff and students who are travelling to Peru on a month-long expedition next summer have chosen their itineraries. The 21 students and two staff have split into two separate groups. They will all fly to Lima, the capital of Peru, for a couple of days' acclimatisation before embarking on their separate adventures.
Mr Nicholls's group will undertake a five-day trek around Salkantay and a two-day trip to the El Misty volcano in the south of the country. Miss Watts's group have chosen the Ausangate route, which is an arduous six-day trek. Both parties will also take part in a community project and schedule in a few days of rest and relaxation and a trip to the world-famous Inca site, Machu Picchu.
The trip is being organised by World Challenge who have more than 20 years' experience organising trips to destinations across the globe. Programme manager Alison Peet said: 'I'll meet the students again on their build-up day before they go and give them all their last-minute information. My role is logistics, making sure that the trip happens and putting it all together.'
She outlined the different treks that the groups could choose to do and gave advice on the climate, culture and challenges that they will face. When they arrive it will be the Peruvian winter so night-time temperatures can plummet to minus 15 degrees. They have to pack adequate clothing and supplies and will need iodine drops to purify the drinking water. Each member of the group will act as leader for a day and the students will have to plan and book their own transport, food and accommodation and manage their budget while in Peru.
Ms Peet said: 'The students probably learn more about themselves than they do about the country that they are visiting on these trips. They come back much more confident, more able to express themselves, much more organised and they feel basically more ready for university or life outside school.'