Tuesday 16th November 2010 by C. Freeman
Students who are going on the World Challenge trip to Botswana next year have been put through their paces on a practice expedition. 18 students and two members of staff headed to Ashdown Forest in Sussex where they had two days honing their survival and camping skills. The students had to contend with wet weather and walking with loaded backpacks to build up their stamina and give them an insight into what is expected of them.
Mr Nicholls said: ‘We had one night under canvas and the rest of the time was spent learning skills that we would need including how to get across rivers, cooking on meths stoves in the open and what to do if someone gets lost. The students also learned some first aid and how to stretcher someone using a parachute that is part of our kit.
On the second day we had to pack up our wet tents and yomp around with them to give students an idea of what it is like to be walking for reasonably long distances with full packs.’
This will be the third World Challenge adventure that students have faced. Last year a group went to Peru for a month while Poland was the destination for a party of students this year. The Botswana contingent will do a bag-packing session in Morrisons this Christmas to raise further funds for the trip, which takes place next summer.