Tuesday 18th November 2008 by S. McGown
Sixth Former Edward Lockwood is funding his own long-haul trip to Peru by organising holidays closer to home. Edward did work experience at local travel firm, Rodgers, and has now taken a job co-ordinating their holidays. The company run breaks to traditional UK destinations such as the Isle of Wight, Bournemouth and Llandudno.
So far Edward, who processes bookings, arranges payments, deals with the hotels and schedules pick-up points and itineraries, has organised around 16 holidays. He said: 'It's a lot but I've learned so much about the business environment. I want to go into a business, to manage things and see an outcome. I want to be hands-on, organising something, making something actually happen and seeing the results.'
Edward initially spent two weeks on work experience for the company and also worked for them over the summer holidays. He now spends about half an hour each evening organising details so that the trips run smoothly. He also regularly updates the website of his dad's business, BL Caravans, and at the weekends also works at Top Lodge café in Fineshade Woods, dealing with customers and serving refreshments.
He is one of 21 students and two staff who are travelling to Peru next summer on a trip organised by World Challenge. Each student had to raise nearly £4,000 to cover the costs of the month-long expedition where they will visit the ruined Inca city at Machu Picchu and spend time trekking and working on a project in the community.
Students have raised money by a variety of means; from weekend jobs, car boot sales, sponsored events and odd jobs. Edward's endeavours means he has raised enough to cover the trip itself and he is now earning enough to cover the vaccinations and spending money he will need.