This annual event has always had a focus on exploring traditions and culture of a country, with the previous expeditions having been in Hoi An. An exciting opportunity to use the Mekong region as an alternative location arose and this is the first year for this new trip.
The four-day experience immediately started on arrival at the hotel in Can Tho, with a series of activities to develop team-building, creativity and an orientation to the children’s surroundings. These included catapult making, swimming pool games and code-breaking challenges.
For the following two full days we had, the children truly immersed themselves in discovering local traditions such as noodle-making, pottery, farming, cooking, fishing, blacksmiths and leaf weaving. All of this was experienced through boat rides along the Mekong river itself and a short cycle ride. We were very impressed with how the children showed respect to the local families and businesses that we visited, and how they fearlessly got involved in challenging activities such as the fishing (by hand!) in a man-made muddy trench!
The final morning saw some tired faces but also big smiles from our Year 5 students. Wearing their house t-shirts, the final set of challenges had house teams swimming relays to find jigsaw pieces of photographs that linked to what they had experienced in the days before. Other parts of the rotation of tasks included a fruit-cutting demonstration by the hotel chef and the children trying to replicate a simplified display, and also some pot decorating.
Satisfied with another fantastic meal for lunch at the hotel, we then returned on the Friday. It was safe to say that the children were ready for the weekend after all their efforts and commitment to the week. Well done! Can I also take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all the BIS staff who supported the expedition across the two weeks. Cannot wait for next year!
Mr Greg Wilde, Year 5 Leader