Nepal, Summer 2014, Shree Mahendra Primary School: This summer I was lucky enough to lead an expedition with a lovely group of Students from Sutton, Surrey to Nepal. Whilst in Nepal we climbed to Annapurna Base Camp as part of our personal achievement phase and worked on a community project just outside Kathmandu. There was a team in the school before us and they dug the foundations and started to lay bricks of a wall to enclose the school, my team then came in a completed the project. Two weeks (between both teams) of solid hard work from young people who have never worked in this sort of environment, let alone with these materials and limited knowledge. It was evident and voiced that the school students, teachers and local people were thrilled with what we had done (the local people because it gave them somewhere to hang there washing over the weekend) they couldn’t have been more grateful or thankful. This project not only achieved its aims in terms of completing the school wall but in developing the UK school students and giving something back to a developing world country. The headmaster of the school sent us a thank you letter, was very grateful and would love to see students from the UK again soon.
Expedition Leader, 2014.