Trips and expeditions inspire, they bring academic subjects to life, raise global awareness, and develop fundamental life skills in a truly immersive experience. This is why Wellington College organises dozens of them every year. Our trips and expeditions vary considerably in size and scope: from developing a unique perspective in far flung destinations to catching a matinee in London.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme is for many the primary foray into expedition and adventure. At Gold level pupils have the opportunity to do horse riding, mountain biking, canoeing or, of course, walking for their expedition which, at this level requires pupils to be completely self-sufficient for four days of wilderness travel.
Service Learning based expeditions help develop real global awareness of important social and international issues. Past trips have included exploring the textiles industry in Tanzania through collaboration with local charities for the disabled, working with underprivileged children in Nepal, and a group going to look at business and economies in Nicaragua. Last year, the Biology Department took a group of Sixth Form Biologists to Indonesia to spend time working with conservation projects in the Buton jungle and scuba-diving with marine biologists.
Wellingtonians have also recreated the journey of Hannibal and his elephants through the Alps and walked the entire length of Hadrian’s Wall, as well as visiting the classical sites of Rome and Greece in recent years. They have also immersed themselves in language schools in Spain, historical tours of Germany, and the annual Sixth Form Politics and History trip to Washington and New York. They have travelled to our partner school in South Africa,Tiger Kloof, to spend a week in a very different school working with children from very different backgrounds to themselves.
The College also has provision for a whole host of adventure activities. The CCF provides many opportunities for such engagement and pupils of all ages can involve themselves in the Expeditions Society which sees an ever expanding group of pupils and staff planning exciting once-in-a-lifetime adventures. And let’s not forget the annual Channel Swim which see a small team of Wellingtonians cross from Dover to Calais each summer.
At Wellington, the possibilities are genuinely limitless.