Treorchy Comprehensive School


On Saturday 10th July, a group of 10 students from Treorchy Comprehensive will set out on an experience of a lifetime to participate in an expedition to Ecuador, South America.
 
Over the past twelve months the dedicated pupils have embarked on a phenomenal challenge of raising over £25,000.  The trip originally planned to leave for Honduras, but due the political instability the group had to change their plans.  Their expedition will now see them fly into the capital city Quito, which is around 9000ft above sea level and enjoy the cultural surroundings before beginning a trek around a dormant volcano!  They will be expected to plan the entire trip, finding accommodation and booking transport en-route.  On occasions, they will be camping and will have to test their culinary skills and manage their own budget.
 
The project phase of the expedition will see the group interact with the Tsachilla tribe.  They will stay with native families and help preserve the rapidly depleting Amazon rainforest by planting trees.  Their work will help promote a better understanding of the global implications of climate change and the devastating effects of habitat destruction, leading to loss of biodiversity. Prior to flying home the group will embark on a whale watching trip and visit one Isla de la Plata, not to far from the Galapagos Islands, which boasts a large diversity of animal species.
 
The group wish to extend their thanks to the local communities that have supported them on their fundraising adventures, in particular the local businesses that have donated prizes and sponsorship, along with Asda and Co-operative Supermarkets for providing till space to collect donations.