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Antipodeans Abroad Overnight Training Course

17.11.16

There are only two weeks left before 1 December, when we embark on our long anticipated expedition to Cambodia with the organisation Antipodeans Abroad!

Last weekend, our nine expeditioners and their teachers participated in an overnight training course at Arbury Park Outdoor School, in preparation for their three week expedition in Cambodia.

The Saturday consisted of many activities designed to prepare them for their time overseas. Antipodeans went through their rules and advice about in-country protocols, cultural sensitivity, health, safety and budgeting and they answered questions from students and teachers. The students learnt about their student leadership groups and which aspects of the expedition they would be managing; as accommodation, food, transport and tourist activities will all be organised by the students once they are in the country. Each leadership group practiced their roles during a short orienteering course in the afternoon and we did an equipment check to ensure they will be prepared for their expedition.

On Sunday, the expeditioners trekked through Mount George Conservation Park, practicing trekking protocols in their leadership groups. After the trek, they evaluated their experiences and how they could use their learning when in Cambodia.

The weekend was informative and fun. The scenery at Mount George was stunning and the students built on their sense of team. I feel that we are prepared to go to Cambodia.  We cannot wait to begin our expedition, where we will be working on a project in Isanborei village, building a house for a family, trekking through the jungle in Mondulkiri, visiting an elephant sanctuary at the end and visiting Phnom Penh, Koh Rong and Siem Reap. Bring on December!

Claire MacLennan
Antipodeans Abroad College Facilitator