Youngsters from Bishop Bell enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Nepal after teaming up with World Challenge.
The 17 pupils started their two-week expedition with a seven-hour bus journey to Pokhara where their five-day trek began.
Each day of the trek presented the pupils and two accompanying staff with different personal challenges: the never ending ups and downs of the slate steps that took them higher and higher into the mountains; the 30 degree heat and aching muscles
Sophie Forster, head of RE at Bishop Bell, said, “The scenery was stunning; we followed a Himalayan river as it wove its way through the mountains, walking through rhododendron forests with snow covered mountains as our backdrop. I will never forget waking up in the morning, opening my tent flap, and gazing in awe at the snow-capped Himalayan mountains.”
Day three saw the group climb to 3,152 metres, then the pupils started the project phase of their trip. They arrived at a boarding school for orphaned children and were welcomed by traditional Nepalese dancing and a rendition of the national anthem.
The team spent every morning teaching and sharing things about their families and lives back home in the UK. Mr Yeshi’s students were intrigued to look at postcards of Eastbourne seafront and the pier.
Afternoons were filled with painting a classroom.
With money raised by Bishop Bell School’s pupils, parents and the local community, the travellers donated £500 to the school.
Miss Forster added, “The money is going towards a new generator. We were also able to buy each of the school’s one hundred students ten exercise books each. The money was gratefully received and I would like to send a big thank you to all who supported us in our fund raising ventures.”
After leaving the school and Pokhara, the team headed back to Kathmandu for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.