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Thurrock teenager takes on the challenge of a lifetime


Thurrock Teenager Takes on the Challenge of a Lifetime!

THURROCK singing talent Olivia Shepherd and 11 other students from Tring Park School for the Performing Arts have committed to completing a 14 month programme of planning, money management and training in preparation for a life changing expedition to Indonesia in the summer of 2018.

The developmental programme, managed by organisers World Challenge Expeditions, will encourage the students to learn about responsibility, leadership, planning, teamwork and both physical and emotional challenges.

The key difference between a World Challenge expedition and other school trips is that it is designed to be student-led, providing an experience which places students in a strong position to make the most of their future careers.

Olivia, who secured a place at the prestigious Tring Park school last year, told us that “fundraising events are already being planned to raise funds towards our expedition including bag packing at our local supermarket, and car washing at the weekends. The objective is to raise the £5,000 fee independently and as a team, without relying on our parents’ pockets.”

Olivia is going to be performing at various corporate events and local gigs in order to raise her fees and expenses and she is looking to add to the bookings she has already. Those interested in booking her or simply making a donation should visit for more information. Olivia will be performing on Valentines Day at The Oriental Pan Asian Restaurant in Chafford Hundred.

In the summer of 2018 the team will depart for Java accompanied by teachers from the school and a World Challenge Leader who is responsible for ensuring the safety of our team. They will alternate roles such as leader, accountant, cook, health and safety officer and transport coordinator to operate efficiently as a team.

During the 4 week expedition, they will complete acclimatisation, trek, project and rest and relaxation phases with the detail of the itinerary being created by ourselves over the forthcoming months. Olivia says “we are particularly focusing our efforts on the project phase to ensure we contribute to the needs of the community as much as possible, this will include either renovating a local school or teaching english to local children.”

Although we will experience new boundaries of adventure, safety is the key priority of World Challenge. A tried and tested 24-hour safety and back-up system, In-Country Agents, highly experienced and qualified Leaders and comprehensive insurance ensure the highest safety standards possible.

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