The next day began like the others, early, but all students were successful in putting their tents away and ready to start the final day’s trek. Each group left in 10 minute intervals but many soon caught up with each other as students took wrong turns or got confused with the directions given. Nevertheless, all students were able to successfully navigate through challenging terrain both up and down hills, alongside rice paddies and complete their mini projects throughout their expeditions. Many of these projects are fascinating topics and include local people’s aspirations, the influence of the internet on their lives and waste management.
The students were all happy to have finished their assessed adventurous journeys and I believe this trip truly made them stronger and more independent than when they began. I’d like to finish with the words of Nhat Linh Nguyen who summarises the DofE Award perfectly.