“Taking part in the Bronze International Award expedition trip to Lin’an (located west of Hang Zhou city), has been the most memorable experience of my life so far.
The International Award programme gave me a chance to set goals and achieve them in a fun and exciting way. I have been able to explore many new activities that I haven’t had the chance to before and pursue my own interests. Although the award includes aspects of service, skill and sports, the expedition for me was the best part of the whole award.
Most importantly, what made it great wasn’t the fact that I completed it the first time round, but because of the people that I shared this experience with, an experience that I wouldn’t want to share with anyone else. During the expedition, not only did I have a chance to spend more time with my friends, the sense of achievement was also great.
The expedition was truly amazing; even if we weren’t very fortunate with the weather! The weather wasn’t constantly bad during our 3 day challenge, but when it was, our excitement to face the coming obstacles never went down. Although I have only touched on the basics behind the International Award, words cannot be used to describe the true experience behind it. I don’t have a single regret about participating in the International Award, not walking in the rain with soaking feet nor tiredness from hiking numerous hours, not one! So if any of you who are thinking of doing the award in the future, I would recommend people like you to give it a go because if you never try, you would never realize the unbelievable satisfaction that comes after completing the award.”
- Fred Liu
“This year was the first time I did an International Award and it was a great experience. Although the weather was bad we had a fun training day with one night camping at school and having so much rain, thunder and lightning on that night we were fully prepared for the real trip to Li‘an.
After a 5 hour bus ride we finally arrived at our hostel where we stayed one night and were split into our hiking groups. After a good night‘s rest in the hostel and before starting our 6 hour hike, we learnt navigation skills that we would have to use in order to not get lost (... despite that we got lost twice! But always made it back). Each group set off at a different time, and we began our journey through the beauty of the mountain forest.
We camped one night and cooked our dinners right next to a stream with crystal clear water, a rare sight in China. Luckily it only rained in the evening when we had already put up our tents and were safely sheltered inside them. The next morning we packed up our tents, ate breakfast and followed a river, heading down hill, towards our final destination. 4 hours later we were back on the bus on our way home. Sadly we had to say goodbye to our great guides who helped make the trip even better. Overall it was an unforgettable and extremely fun journey that let us enjoy the nature. I can’t wait for next year’s silver award!“
- Anne Zimmer