School life: Calder High students take life-changing trip to Nepal

Students learnt a lot on the trip

After 18 months of hard work and fundraising, twelve Year 13 students and four staff members travelled to Kathmandu, Nepal in July to carry out two week’s volunteering work.

The student volunteers worked at the Sunrise English Boarding School in Lalitpur, 45 minutes from the Kathmandu city centre. During the first week the volunteers cleaned and painted the walls of several classrooms before designing educational and colourful murals which the teachers will incorporate into their teaching. In the second week, workshops were run with the children including dental outreach and educational games.

The group were also able to explore various sites of cultural interest such as the 4th century temple at Changu Narayan, the ‘monkey’ temple Swayambhunath overlooking Kathmandu, a weekend in Pokhara exploring the sacred lake, a hanging bridge, Shanti Stupa Buddhist Temple plus local markets and restaurants.

In order for the project to take place, the Calder VI students had to raise a collective total of £28,500 whilst also working hard towards their A2 examinations. Fundraising included taking part in the 26 mile Halifax Long March which runs from midnight to 10am on Easter Sunday, sponsored 24 hour Stay Awakes with students from lower school, car washes, fashion shows, raffles, refreshments, bake sales and an abseil. Generous donations towards the target were received from Hebden Bridge Rotary Club, the local Round Table and several contributors to a promotional flag.

Project Leader, Emma Hartley said “I am delighted to have been part of another enjoyable and invaluable experience for both the Calder VI students and the staff and students of Sunrise School. The Year 13 students were excellent ambassadors for Calder VI, working hard to complete the project and by interacting fantastically with the Nepalese children. This is my fourth overseas project with Calder VI and I take great pleasure in witnessing first-hand the effects such a project has on our student volunteers. Each of the young people taking part has been through their own personal journey and all said that they felt the projects have been life-changing experiences. I am delighted to be a part of the Overseas Project and hope to help make future projects the most positive experiences possible for the Calder VI volunteers ensuring we enrich the lives of the children and adults we work with each year”.

Calder VI has worked successfully alongside Projects Abroad since 2015 and will continue to do so – next year’s project is planned to take place in Ghana. Projects Abroad is a reputable company, sending volunteers abroad since 1992. The company works in around 29 developing countries across the world and sends approximately 10,000 volunteers on projects each year.

More information, including a case study from last year’s Calder VI project can be found online at www.projects-abroad-groups.co.uk.

If you would like to get involved in our fundraising or wish to make a donation to future projects, please contact Emma Hartley at Calder High School via email ehartley@calderhigh.calderdale.sch.uk.

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