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Students take on ‘World Challenge’ for conservation

Date: May 21, 2018

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A group of ten students from St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School recently completed a 19 day World Challenge expedition to Java and Sumatra in South East Asia to undertake conservation work.

Preparation for the expedition commenced 18 months ago with the students being required to work to fund their own trip and they participated in a training and preparation program leading up to it.

During their journey the students assisted with combating deforestation by planting trees and worked to build a toilet block for a primary school.

They also educated children about the environment in “Green Class” a weekly class for 70-100 children setup by locals to educate and inspire the younger generation to protect the environment in Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra.

Throughout the trip the students were required to manage their own budget as well as organise their own accommodation and transport, challenging themselves to plan and ultimately lead their own journey.

They also had the opportunity to observe wild orangutans in the Sumatran Jungle, visit sulphuric lakes and visit 1,200 year old temples at sunrise.

Year 11 student Jenna Wright said, “We are so lucky to have had the opportunity to be immersed in the culture of such a beautiful country. We learnt so much about Indonesia and ourselves. Not only did we create lifetime friendships with our peers, we made great connections with the locals who helped us break through the language barrier and become connoisseurs of nasi goreng and ‘nanas’”.

The World Challenge experience has developed real-world leadership and communication skills that these St Paul’s students will use in every aspect of adulthood including the workforce and further study.

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