Costa Rica (Gold DofE), 2017
In June 2017, 33 intrepid Upper Fifth and Lower Sixth Form boys departed on their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition to the Costa Rican rainforest. Participants embarking on a Gold expedition must plan for, train and complete a journey in ‘demanding wild country’, with the emphasis on exploring.
Jude Ratnayake commented, “In the jungle we learnt various survival skills, for example how to set up hammocks and tarpaulins in a safe area within the rainforest, and how to start a cooking fire in such wet conditions.”
Another aim of the trip was to explore the natural world of the Central American country. Benjamin Lindsay said, “The sheer number of plant species and animals we came across was breathtaking. These included three-toed sloths, howler monkeys, white-faced capuchins, glass frogs, and a huge range of different birds.”
Apart from trekking in the jungle, Thomas Giaque also particularly enjoyed zip-lining through the tree canopy, white water rafting and surfing, to name a few.
Mr Adam Hedges, Teacher of Biology and expedition leader, concluded, “Our trip was a roaring success. Many of the boys returned to the UK saying they had had the time of their lives – trips don’t get better than that!”