A Life-Changing Adventure

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A group, comprising Grace College pupils and staff, as well as four pupils from Glenwood Boys’, embarked on a ‘World Challenge’ tour to Vietnam in the July holidays. This tour involved trekking, community service as well as enjoying tourist attractions. Upon arrival, the team spent a few days in Hanoi to acclimatise themselves and enjoy true Vietnamese hospitality and culture. From there, the team went on an overnight train trip to Sapa for a three-day trek through the breath-taking mountainous areas and terraced rice fields. The team went on to stay in a community in Thai Binh to do community service, assisting with building and gardening projects. They also visited a pre-school and thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the children. The team made a big impact on this community that had never seen foreigners before. The last few days were spent in Halong Bay for some well-deserved rest and recuperation. The ‘World Challenge’ has been described as a life changing adventure and an experience of a lifetime. Grace College extends a heartfelt thank you to the World Challenge organizers and in particular Mr Dave Evans, who so capably led the team during this tour.

Pictured: The Grace College ‘World Challenge’ team whilst trekking in Sapa – from the left: James Brown, Shaun Malinga, Casey Da Serra, Liam Muller, Dave Evans (tour guide), Nhlaka Mnikathi, Keegan Rice, Nhalenhle Mabaso, Aiden Hill, Courtney Hulett, Conor Knowler, Dylan Smith, Tanay Gopal, Christopher Johnston and Alfodre Arendse
The Grace College ‘World Challenge’ team visiting a Pre-School in Thai-Binh. (Not sure if this photo is suitable due to the large amount of little kids who cannot be named)