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Students' trip of a lifetime

Staff and students from Spalding High School enjoyed an amazing adventure, spending 28 days in Peru and Bolivia.

Two staff members supported 17 students in planning their itinerary while confidently managing a tight budget, booking accommodation and organising transport within both countries.

They spent time camping in the Amazon rain forest, visiting Machu Picchu and travelling across the salt plains of Bolivia in 4x4 vehicles.

A highlight for the students was the opportunity to work at the Azul Wazi project, a boys’ orphanage, close to the Incan city of Cusco.

During time at the project the students built concrete foundations and pillars for a new bathroom and spent time with the children. Many gifts were kindly donated before the expedition began which students were able to share out, much to the delight of the children living there.

Many challenges were faced during the visit including extremes of temperature, high altitude, long journeys and numerous creepy crawlies in the jungle. The group demonstrated great resilience in overcoming difficulties and grew in confidence throughout the visit.

The students developed many personal skills alongside gaining a greater understanding of the difficulties faced by people in developing countries.

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