Week Without Walls
Trip Updates (will be posted regularly on this page)
Notice: Not all trips have a social media platform to communicate with families. This is due to the diversity of circumstances inherent to each location. Some have WiFi, some don't even have a cellphone signal. Also, this site is updated once a day and updates may not reflect in "real time". As an example, if the report reads -students are having lunch- but it is already night, it does not mean they are having lunch for dinner.
Tonight we were able to experience the Chiang Mai night market. So much colour! Everybody has had a great trip but we are all looking forward to being able to share our amazing memories with you all when we get back.
A very special afternoon assisting the elderly in the community by giving them walking canes. We also visited a Thai temple and got to enjoy swimming under the waterfalls in Chang Mai.
Another fantastic day. Heading back to the first hotel tomorrow and exploring a temple and a waterfall.
Our students got to test out their painting skills today. They painted the volleyball court at a local school and met the students. Canoeing and Cave Walks were amazing opportunities.
Last day: Safari!!! A quick pit stop for snacks then onto Arushi National Park. We saw baboons, giraffes, zebras, warthog, flamingo, water buck, blue monkey, colobus monkey, buffalo and a few birds. Everyone had a great time with a stop via the souvenir shop and snack store on the way back. Early start in the morning!!
Village walk through the jungle and field to the Chaga house where students went to fetch water from the stream, plant banana trees and try banana and beef stew. After lunch we went back up to the school for project handover where donations were given, meaningful speeches were made, songs, dances and a great game of football. GWA 2 : Mbokumu 0. Go Dragons!
Students got stuck back into the project. Lots of painting, bricklaying and chipping away at walls preparing the blackboard. The tomato pasta was demolished at lunch.
First project day. A mix of painting, mixing cement, digging, cleaning and laying foundations for a wall. Everyone got stuck in and enjoyed the physical tasks knowing they were making a real difference to the school. Students were well fed at lunch with all of them digging into the stew and rice. Plenty of fuel for the afternoon. Back in camp all are looking forward to showering, relaxing and learning more swahili whilst playing some games.
Fun launching rockets today. Beautiful weather and we got to wear our spacesuits.
Team challenge competitions and some physical challenges at Area 51 provided some great experiences for our students. Our students are proving great at teamwork! Well done all.
Some late night snacks and some early morning get ups. Go Space Camp!!!
Touchdown at Space Camp!
The students have arrived safely and with much excitement at Space Camp.
We are back in Kathmandu today and have had a day of sightseeing. We will do the same tomorrow before heading to the airport. Can't wait to see you all.
An early morning wake up bungy run..... What better way to start the day. Well done Jacob with some super strong running. A hearty breakfast then meant we could get into the exciting last day at Last Resort. We spent the day white water rafting. So much fun!
A quick check in to let you know that everything is going well. We have done trekking, abseiling, rock climbing and canyoning and the kids are all enjoying it.
A beautiful day meeting the local school children and learning how to make local food! Lots of games and learning.
Just like that our fantastic trip is almost finished... The students will no doubt have many great stories to share. We had a good night at the Cambridge Theatre last night to see Matilda and the students have all been amazing.
We've got to the airport safely and apart from a minor delay on the flight all is well. We are looking forward to seeing everybody back at GWA in the wee hours of the morning tomorrow.
Had a great day in the city and settled into the hotel for the night!
There was some great storm weather at camp this morning but it didn't dampen spirits. Our students enjoyed indoor activities until the weather cleared. We then got to do some kayaking and had some fun on (and off) the pier in the water!
The Oman Coast Guard have issued a weather warning that has meant that the planned Dhow trip in Oman tomorrow has been cancelled. Ecoventure have made alternative plans to ensure that our students will still have a great day inland in the UAE and will spend the night at the Al Sahara camp where they will be staying in dormitory accommodation.
We have been lucky enough to get a second Instagram account setup with photos and video taken yesterday showing just how much our students are willing to step outside of their comfort zones. Well done to all of them on showing their ability to be "Risk Takers"
I've been for a drive to Ecoventure today and the kids were all very excited to have a visit. They are all enjoying their day with some snorkeling this morning before a well deserved lunch. The Ecoventure team had lots of positive words to say about our students. They are moving on to the Leap of Faith this afternoon.
We had an extremely eventful day! Buckets of rain but that did not stop our Little Adventurers exploring the local environment and getting muddy on the bike track. They also gained new skills in the archery and fencing, as well as the "The Pen Game"! Spirits are still very high, even with soggy trainers and a low supply of treats. I know each child is eager to get home tomorrow to give you all a big hug but will miss the amazing Absolute Adventure they have had. This will be the last post of our trip. We hope you have enjoyed reading all about it and look forward to talking with your child about their experiences. And what wonderful experiences they have had!
School will send out an update tomorrow afternoon with our ETA back.
Due to predicted rain the students will not be camping on the beach tonight as originally planned. The team at Absolute Adventure will reassess the rest of today's and tomorrow's schedule at lunchtime to ensure that the students are kept fully engaged. Rest assured that the students are all keeping well and will be continuing with a modified program should the need arise.
What a day of activities! We climbed up rock walls, then tyrollean traversing across a little ravine with some abseiling back down. PHEW! Yet that was not all: there was trekking up to reach the top of Dibba peaks: also, raft building honed our team skills. Finally, a little bushcraft will help us survive the apocalypse and mountain biking will help us survive the apocalypse and mountain biking will help us survive without cars. Now the grand finale to our day is a game show.
After a very warm send off from our Parents, we made our way to the Omani boarder at Dibba, stopping of for a well-deserved break and re-fueling at the half way point. There was lots of paperwork and handing over of documents but eventually we entered Dibba with lots of hoots and cheers. The local goats were looking at us slightly strangely! Once we got all our bags off the bus we headed to the big majlis where the Absolute Adventure leaders introduced themselves and had a run through of roomings and activity groups. Then it was lunchtime…….as you can imagine everyone was ravenous and ate their body weight in food! Everyone loved the chicken burgers and pasta, along with salad and fruit – yum! Students are now in their activity groups getting to know their instructor and playing some fun team building activities. Later we will have dinner and then it’s onto the evening activity. I think there are going to be some weary faces before bedtime today!
I am excited to become certified tomorrow. Today we just relaxed due to bad weather.
Today was such a relaxing day as we played football and worked out.
I am exited to get the open water certification tomorrow
The nitrox theory was harder than I thought, yet I still managed to get my certificate. It was exhausting but fun
The whole group of young people have been wonderful all trip. I and the staff are very proud of each of them. Well done all and thank you!
Today I got to learn about nitrox, why it's used, what are the dangers associated with it etc. Apart from that the night dive was canceled due to an upcoming storm ⛈ !
I got to do some great deep dives at anemone garden and wreck. Got to see great marine life (sorry for not telling the group about the turtle) Tomorrow: "I feel a storm brewing"
I fell backwards off the dive boat yesterday. We saw a huge lion fish today, we saw 3 turtles yesterday and a stingray today.
Today I finished the course and I have a diving certificate! I've seen beautiful fishes and I really enjoy diving.
I saw a stingray
We got to dive a wreck.
Excited to be a certified diver!
I am now a certified diver!
We finally got our certificates and saw a turtle, time to do nothing all year
The storm front that is predicted to hit Dubai tomorrow (20/11) is only expected to produce light rain along the Fujairah coast. Divers Down have already made alternative plans to run a first aid course indoors at the hotel should rain affect the day's diving plans.
A few updates from our students today:
Today I dived 3 times
The views in Fujairah are phenomenal
We saw a turtle
The food is nice and the views are amazing and the teachers are very nice
The three dives in a day were exhausting but it was all worth it after seeing three turtles and scorpion fish.
Did the first dives for the advanced course and it was amazing
wallah we saw fish 🐟 and turtle 🐢
Great first day. All is grand. Below is some comments from the students:
The sky and beach are beautiful, this place makes me feel at peace ;)
The boat ride was very bumpy
The day has been really good and I learnt a lot:)
Need to read yet another course/ program book!
The boat ride was really fun. The hotel has a calming vibe.
The dive today was amazing. I learned how to get water out of my mask, as well as, learning how to put a regulator on under water.
The food was great and the first diving lessons were fun
The dive sites were amazing and the team was really helpful
My first dive session was very fun and interesting!
The weather was kind enough to allow for 3 dives today. The boat is parked up at Lima Harbour for tonight (just in case the weather that was expected hits tonight). The students are all very tired but have all had amazing experiences.