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NAISAK and International Award Expedition

18 March 2018

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On 14 March, we went for our NAISAK and International Award expedition which was for 2 days and 1 night.

We walked about 25 km. We set off from school and were dropped off at Al Ruwais. That was the start of our memorable journey that we are sure not to forget.  Our final destination was Al Zubarah Fort. The walk was very tiring. However, the end rewards were very promising. We walked from point A to point D, near the radio towers, which was where we settled for the night. We were exhausted as we reached point D. The road was rocky, muddy and sandy, however, we persevered.  When we started off we were enthusiastic and optimistic of our walk but halfway through, we were very tired. We were constantly saying “When is this going to end?” Our bags were very heavy and the weather was favourable since it wasn’t so hot. We had several breaks along the way to help make the walk more bearable. There ware no toilets so it was a huge inconvenience and we did not have a huge supply of water with us. Our teachers came to check up on us to refill our bottles. We really looked forward to our much awaited camp when we finally reached after our tedious walk. As soon as we reached camp, we sat down for about 20 minutes because we were too tired to even move. Soon after, we got to pitch our tents as that would be our “homes” for the night. Having attended the training, made the process a lot easier.

After everyone was done pitching their tents, we made our food using the gas stove. We also made a huge campfire which we used to burn marshmallows and make sausages. That was the best part of the whole trip. Everyone enjoyed themselves at that time. It was also pitch-dark at that time and we couldn’t see anything and walking was so difficult. After that, every one of us gathered around the campfire to sing songs under the starry sky. We were having a whale of a time and it was a one of a kind experience for all of us. Ms Harvey told us to make “2 stars and 1 wish” where we had to state 2 things that we liked about the trip and 1 thing that could have been better. My team and I stayed up till 10.30 before we decided to call it a night. We headed back to our tents and set up our sleeping bags to go to sleep. That was the end to our long tiring day which will always be etched to our minds. We woke up at about 5.30am to start our day and head towards Al Zubarah Fort which was our final destination. The distance was 11 km. The walk was exhausting but we pulled through and conquered any obstacles. Personally, the hardest part for me was walking with the heavy rucksack on our backs. It was the first time for me walking with heavy weights along such long distances. My favourite part of the entire trip was the fact that every one of us could spend time together and had fun as a group. We worked hard the entire day and were proud of ourselves for accomplishing the walk. We were weary after the 2 days of walking but felt really satisfied with ourselves for managing to finish the walk. All the effort we put into our expedition finally paid off with the help of our very supportive teachers and dedicated team of students.

We are looking forward to the International Award final expedition next weekend and the NAISAK Award students are working on their final projects.

Team: Mysha, Vanshi, Nurin, Suhasini

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