World Challenge is the leading provider of life-changing school expeditions which are designed to develop important life skills, helping students to:
- Develop teamwork and leadership skills
- Gain confidence and self-esteem
- Become more globally aware
At Tring School, we offer a 2 week Adventure for Year 9 students and a 3 week Expedition for Year 11/12 students.
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The World Challenge ethos
World Challenge Expeditions for Year 11/12 students
Students sign up to these expeditions when they are in year 9/10. These are epic adventures involving 2 years of the students’ fundraising in the run up to embarking on a character building, memory making trip of a life time to a far-flung destination. The students decide upon their own tailor-made itineraries so no trip is ever the same but all will include a community project phase, one long trek or two separate treks and some rest and relaxation time.
We launch these expeditions emphasising that they are not holidays – they are a challenging two year projects and the lead up is as important as an experience as the 3 weeks away itself.
In-country, the students lead themselves only overseen by experienced staff who will only step in if safety is compromised. They build confidence and learn life skills while they manage the team budget, arrange their own food, transport and accommodation and discover the local culture for themselves.
Teamwork is key to the success and students have lots of opportunities to learn how to cope in a challenging environment. One thing is for sure, the students who take part certainly return home more mature and independent with a realisation that they really shouldn’t take their everyday luxuries and parental support for granted.
World Challenge Adventures for Year 9 students, travelling at the end of Year 9
Students sign up to these adventures when they are in year 8. For the first time, in 2012, we took a group of Year 9 students to Ghana for two weeks. The progress they made was certainly worth the whole year it took for them to raise the money to pay for their place on the trip. Since then we have taken groups to Thailand, Morocco, Zambia, Laos & Belize. In 2018 we will be adventuring to Sri Lanka.
It was quite a culture shock for them but the biggest challenges for the students were to work as a team, organise themselves and their days without adult intervention and listen to one another!
World Challenge Adventure to Sri Lanka – 2018
We have launched our 2018 Year 9 trip to Sri Lanka. Students will be travelling to Colombo before heading of to the Knuckles mountain range for 3 days of trekking. The mountainous Knuckles Range is home to some of Sri Lanka’s rarest and endemic species. After the trek the students will be heading off to complete a community project and the challengers will be working with local communities. Before embarking on some well deserved rest and relaxation, we will be completing one last trek which involved 5200 steps up a mountain called Adam’s peak hopefully we will make the summit for sunrise. For more information on the trip to Sri Lanka please Click Here
Past Expeditions and Adventures
In recent years, we have offered students trips to countries such as Laos, Zambia, Thailand, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Nicaragua and India. The objective is to provide a character-building experience involving mental and physical challenges. Students taking part have completed extreme treks through mountains, up volcanoes, across plains or through jungles. They have also undertaken community projects including funding and building a rural sustainable shop in Zambia; rebuilding ancient dry-stone walls in an Andean National Park; working at orphanages in the foothills of the Himalayas; and building playgrounds or classrooms for underprivileged kindergartens or schools in places such as Chile, Borneo and Ghana. The project phases always give the students a great sense of achievement and altruism. A good proportion of the money the students raise goes towards these charitable projects and benefit the local communities they visit – so if you see our students in World Challenge T-shirts bag packing, ticket selling for a fundraising event, busking, car washing or boot cleaning, please stop to ask them about their trip and the good cause they’ll be supporting!
At Tring School, we now offer two types of World Challenge packages to our students, the 3 week Expeditions and the 2 week Adventure; both require the students to raise the money themselves by organising their own fundraising events, setting up creative enterprises and, if they can find them, securing part time jobs. Our resourceful students have done all sorts to ensure their place on a World Challenge. We’ve had entrepreneurial students arrange outdoor cinema events, host dinner parties for their parents’ friends, selling afternoon tea at open garden festivals, setting up stalls for their home-made cards, cakes, jams and candles… the list is endless.
Group fundraisers the school has helped to make possible include Concerts, Country and Western Night with ‘Dolly Parton’, a Tring Litter Pick, Quiz ‘n’ Curry Nights, and a Gifts and Promises Auction. Students can also make money by having a stall at the termly Enterprise Markets that take place during a lunchtime.