Rolleston College Antipodeans team are preparing for their trip to Vietnam and Cambodia

Preparing for expedition

by Ann Van Engelen

Rolleston College’s first Antipodeans team have completed their first training trek in preparation for their international adventure in April.

“In 2017 thirteen year nine students took up the challenge to take part in an expedition to Vietnam and Cambodia. We recently welcomed Antips leader Tony Mumford and are now counting down to our departure,” says senior lead teacher Sophie Ralph.

“The team trekked around Banks Peninsula in record time for the training, which was awesome for a 30 degree Sunday hike.”

Antipodeans was started in 1991 by an Australian school teacher, driven by a love for travel and a belief in its benefits for education and personal development. The ethos of leadership, mindfulness, resilience and experiential learning aligns with the values in the Rolleston Spirit — Develop Self,

Transform Futures and Build Communities as well as our Hauora values of resilience and mindfulness.

“The pupils created their own 21-day itinerary, which will take them through the highlands of Cambodia on a four-day trek where they will stay with local residents.”

They will complete a community project at Phouc Hiep primary school in the Ben Tre province, Vietnam where they are building a school playground.

“In addition to the personal fundraising, the team has raised an extra $1,500 to buy the supplies to complete this project. Finally, they will experience local culture through exploring what the towns and cities have to offer.

“The students have been divided into leadership groups and are responsible for transport, accommodation, and food on their leadership days.

“They begin their responsibility once we reach the airport in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Teachers and the guide ensure safety but let the leaders make decisions on the days they are in charge.”