THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS: EXPEDITION TO MOROCCO
10 February 2020 | Darren Smith
In July 2020, fourteen Years 9 and 10 students will embark on a trip of a lifetime to Marrakesh, heading onwards for the Atlas Mountains that lie to the south for a 10-day expedition. Their aims are to experience an entirely new environment through a 4-day mountain trek and to learn something about the Berber people’s culture in the region. Ultimately, however, their hope is to be a part of a team helping to improve the lives of a rural Atlas mountain-based community.
The students themselves chose the itinerary and main thrusts of the expedition, being particularly keen to involve themselves in a physically and emotionally demanding project where they felt they could make a real difference to a deprived rural community.
In order to be able to take part, they have to self-fund the total cost of £1,300. This has begun well with a series of bag-packs organised by parents and individual activities, such as cake sales. They are also having a sponsored walk – aiming to walk the majority of The Esk Valley Walk on 13th July.
The students wish to extend their grateful thanks to Stokesley Rotary Club, who have been extremely generous in donating £100 to each individual towards their funding. All being well, the students will be aiming to also raise funds for the project – at least £400 collectively – so that they can contribute to the work there to the greatest level possible.