Dar­ing trip across globe

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Soon eight stu­dents from Waiuku Col­lege will be em­bark on a trip of a life time.

They will be head­ing to Costa Rica and Nicaragua for the World Chal­lenge School Ex­pe­di­tion in De­cem­ber, where they will plant trees in rain­forests, teach English to school stu­dents, visit an­i­mal sanc­tu­ar­ies, check out mar­ket places and go on multi-day treks.

Teacher Ber­nadette Cor­co­ran, who will be trav­el­ling with the stu­dents, said it would be an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence for the teenagers to look back on.

‘‘They will de­velop global cit­i­zen­ship ... to see­ing how peo­ple in less de­vel­oped parts of the world live, and grow­ing their own re­spon­si­bil­ity.

‘‘They are re­ly­ing on each other to make good choices. The end re­sult is lead­er­ship, re­spon­si­bil­ity and the abil­ity to han­dle them­selves un­der stress and strain.

‘‘What’s really cool about this trip is that the stu­dents are re­spon­si­ble for bud­gets, ac­com­mo­da­tion, ev­ery­thing.’’

She said the trip would not be smooth sail­ing, but that was part of the chal­lenge.

‘‘It will be stress­ful and they will get home­sick, but it’s the ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time.

‘‘The big­gest change will come from the four weeks we spend in Latin Amer­ica, there’s a lot of ex­cite­ment, an­tic­i­pa­tion and fear of the un­known.’’

Cor­co­ran, a ge­og­ra­phy teacher, said she was look­ing for­ward to ex­pand­ing her ge­og­ra­phy knowl­edge of the two coun­tries, in­dulging in treats, and watch­ing the stu­dents ex­pand their hori­zons.

‘‘I’m look­ing for­ward to the cof­fee and the choco­late and the kids grow­ing their own re­silience and abil­ity to deal with chal­lenges.’’

Sam Cook, Ben­jamin La­mont and Jazmin Evans will spend a month over­seas as part of a school chal­lenge.

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