On Monday 21 October 2019, 19 students aged 14 to 16, from four Derbyshire schools within the Bolsover district - Frederick Gent, Shirebrook Academy, Stubbin Wood and Tibshelf Community - jetted off to South Africa on an adventure of a lifetime!
The students are all involved in I-Venture. This is a unique programme offering opportunities for young people, who might not otherwise have a chance to participate in this kind of life changing experience.
The team are spending ten days under canvas (no hotels in sight). They'll travel (mostly on foot) to a variety of locations to undertake an international citizenship programme. This will include:
- delivering first aid training to local communities
- working with two local schools
- studying the wildlife population
- conducting an environmental impact study
- learning about other cultures
The students had to apply and attend a team selection day. They undertook a series of challenges, in order to earn their conditional offer on this experience of a lifetime.
Additionally, the students and their families had to raise funds for the expedition. Each school team was tasked to raise a minimum of £10,000. Therefore, they were ever present running stalls and competitions at local events, presenting to different groups and forums to secure contributions, and setting up community events to benefit local residents… all to reach their target!
Clare Talati, Director of Derbyshire Education Business Partnership (DEBP) who co-ordinates I-Venture said, “The programme is an intensive project starting with a rigorous recruitment process and then a huge fundraising task. All the students who have gone to South Africa thoroughly deserve their place and we look forward to hearing about their experiences."