World Challenge 2017
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World challenge 2017 – Malaysia
In July this year, sixteen of our Year 10 and Year 11 students flew out to Malaysia on our latest World Challenge expedition. Over the last 18 months each of us had raised £2600 by doing bag packs, a sponsored Snowdon hike, car boot sales and securing sponsorship from local firms. As soon as we left school on the Friday morning we, as a group, were fully in charge of everything including the budget, food, transport, accommodation and making sure everyone was healthy. We travelled to Asia on the impressive Emirates A380 (with an ex-Middlewich High student working as cabin crew), however once we were in Malaysia we were getting around on cramped buses, trains and taxis.
Whilst in the country we helped at the United Learning Centre where people volunteered to teach under privileged children. Many children were refugees from Burma. To help the centre we cleared rubbish from the surrounding area so that the children had a safer place to play and also we dug out the drainage system. We also took over the role of the teachers to teach children ranging from 5 to 18 years old. As well as teaching them about life in England we had also prepared PE, Music and Maths lessons. Even though some of the children were naughty at times they were so grateful for everything they had and were lovely to spend time with. We learnt a lot about the importance of being thankful for what you have.
When we were in Malaysia we also hiked through the jungle in the Cameron Highlands. It was steep and slippery as it was monsoon season. We were very lucky as we managed to get out of the thick undergrowth just before the rains started. The jungle was much different to Delamere forest, full of exotic sights and sounds (as well as vicious plants which would cut through your clothes if you got too close!). When we were in the jungle we treated ourselves to cheese slice and Pringle sandwiches as a break from the rice dishes we had been eating for days.
After all the hard work we did have a few days of rest and relaxation where we went and explored Malaysia. We went to an island where we spent time on the gorgeous beaches and spent a lot of time seeing the sights of the incredible city of Kuala Lumpar. We also went white water rafting through the beautiful mountains which was a highlight of the trip for many people.
Many great friendships were made on the trip and we have all learnt many lessons which will stay with us forever. It really was a once in a lifetime opportunity for which we were all grateful.