For detailed information on the World Challenge experience please go to the following link
It's official, World Challenge 2018 has been launched!
Students from SHFGS will be travelling to Southern Africa in 2018.
Please see the link to the launch powerpoint presentation below for further details including the Information Evening for parents and students in October 2016:
World Challenge 2017 - Borneo
Full details about World Challenge organisation, the destination and an application form will be available at the meeting and thereafter from the carousel at reception.
For further information contact:
Mrs Sarah Williams
Past World Challenge Trips
World Challenge 2016 - Nicaragua and Costa Rica
World Challenge 2015 - Southern India and Rajasthan
World Challenge 2014 - Ethiopia - Three teams of students spent a month in the country that has become known as the ‘home of humanity’ - where our earliest ancestors originated from. Addis Ababa was the stepping stone for trekking, project and R&R activities. All the teams completed two treks, initially in the Bale foothills, and then onto the Bale Mountains where they encountered the endangered Ethiopian wolf and got to height of over 4,000m. The trekking included one day riding horses - a new experience for the majority of the challengers and leaders.
Schools were the base for the project work where each team repaired external walls, redecorated class rooms and built desks and benches. Additionally the students provided lessons in English to keen local children whilst also finding time to play games and explore the local area where they were based. All teams also spent a couple of days in the Rift Valley relaxing at the side of one of the lakes.
Exploring and understanding the local culture in Bahir Dar - a base from where to visit the Blue Nile Falls and medieval monasteries on Lake Tana, Gonder - the historical capital city with its Royal Enclosure of palaces and forts, and in Addis Ababa - within it museums and restaurants, completed a packed itinerary.
Video courtesy of Nick Culley, Expedition Leader & Old Floydian.
2013 - Silk Route - Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan - landlocked countries that form the heart of The Silk Road. Exotic bazaars, spell-binding architecture, camel trekking through the desert, and friendly home stays - Uzbekistan, the heart of the mythical Silk Road from Asia to Europe. Combined with world-class mountain trekking in neighbouring Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and the region had it all!
Cultural experiences along The Silk Road included a community project phase in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek .Teams took part in home stays in rural Uzbekistan, either in the mountains or the desert, where teams trekked on camels between nomadic yurt camps, stayed with friendly local families each night. They learnt about customs and culture on the steppes of Central Asia, practiced the language, helped out on the farms, and met some incredibly friendly local people.
These links will take you to two videos of Team 1's World Challenge Expedition to Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan (the Silk Route) in the summer of 2013
2012 - South America - Argentina
The teams planned their itinerary with the support from World Challenge in February. The options included a project in an isolated mountain village, a canoe safari on the Rio Paraguay, learning to tango in Buenos Aires, trekking through remote villages and Inca ruins in the Andes, completing the high canopy zip wiring in Salta, seeing the awesome Iguazu Falls and tasting an Argentinean steak.
2011 - Asia - Nepal
After arrival in Kathmandu, two teams treked the Annapurna Circuit – the highest point is the Thorung La Pass at 4516m and the other the Langtang trail enabling the team to also attempt the summit of Kyanjin Ri at 4773 m.
All three teams undertook project work in different schools which involved decorating class rooms, making general building repairs, organising sporting events and teaching local children.
The treks included a great blend of culture, breathtaking scenery and challenges. For rest and relaxation the teams headed to the national parks.
2010 World Challenge - Malawi and Zambia
Highlights included climbing to the Sapitwa peak in Malawi at 3,002m, building a house for local teachers, painting a school, experiencing day to day life in a village, on safari spotting leopard, hippos and elephant, dancing with the local porters, cooking on camp fires and getting drenched at Victoria Falls.