In July 2015, nineteen students departed heathrow on a trip of a lifetime. Bound for Granada in Nicaragua, the team set off albeit a little late. If the students thought they were in for a challenge, it started right at the beginning. Following a 2.5hour delay from Heathrow airport we arrived in country 16 hours later to begin with challenge one; no luggage. The entire team spent the next 24hours in the same clothes from the previous morning in high humidity and with the desire to shower.
Jumping and screaming with happiness at the return of our luggage and the thought of having a shower followed by putting on clean clothes, the team set off to hike two volcano’s. No sooner had we hiked Ometepe island we were returing to the mainland to embark on our voluntary project. In the community where running water is in short supply as it is collected from rain water and where the toilets are long drops, the students fully appreciated the severity of poverty around the world. The project was to build a safe path for students to walk on during the rainy season which would ensure they attended school all year round. Working in temperatures of around 32C with high humidity it definitely pushed the challengers to maximum capacity but this did not stop them. They got stuck in and completed the project with pride and satisfaction.
Following this, the group travelled to Monteverde Cloud forest, zip lined the longest wire in latin America at 1.5km in length soaring above the rainforest canopy and white water rafted. The group then enjoyed a few days of relaxing before we departed to come home.
Watch this space for World Challenge 2017
C Fenner and A Loveridge