Tales of the Far East for Fylde explorers

Alex Wilson and Josh Dewhurst working in the local village from AKS Lytham
Alex Wilson and Josh Dewhurst working in the local village from AKS Lytham

Twenty students embarked on the trip of a lifetime for a Far Eastern adventure.

Classmates from AKS Lytham travelled to Thailand for a World Challenge expedition.

World Challenge is a schools expedition company offering a range of expedition programmes focused on ‘the education of young people, stretching comfort zones and expanding minds outside the classroom’.

The Fylde coast students set off from Manchester Airport before touching down in Bangkok.

After a few days acclimatising, the explorers travelled to Khao Yai National Park, close to 250 miles away for the start of their trekking phase of the expedition.

School teacher Mark Evans said: “Over the course of the next two days the group trekked through the tough jungle terrain with full rucksacks, just to add to the experience.

“While trekking, the group got to experience lots of different wildlife, from snakes to lizards, but by far the most popular were the persistent leeches which seemed to 
enjoy the company of members of the group!”

The group travelled to Sangkhlaburi to the project phase of the expedition, which took place at the Christian Suksa School, near the Thai-Burmese border where the challengers got quickly involved in teaching English, playing games and building bike sheds.

The final few days of the expedition were spent on the stunning island of Ko Samet, where the group got the opportunity to relax and enjoy the sunshine on the beautiful white sand beaches before they embarked on the long journey home.

Mr Evans added: “This was a fantastic experience that allowed all challengers to develop themselves individually, stretching comfort zones and expanding minds outside the classroom.

“Their charity work was well received by the local community with all of the AKS students making some new friends for life.”