What is the World Challenge?
World Challenge is student directed program involving eighteen months of preparation and fundraising culminating in a four week expedition in a developing country.
The World Challenge team members begin the program through a series of meetings to plan and coordinate their itinerary. Integral to the success of each team, are activities to develop team bonds including a training camp, amazing race and fundraising activities. Group and individual fundraising is a core aspect of the program with money raised contributing to the team’s community project and offsetting their traveling costs.
Once on expedition, students take on day-to-day responsibilities for themselves and others including booking transport and accommodation and managing the budget. The expedition itinerary includes working with the local’s on a week-long sustainable project,trekking through beautiful and often challenging terrain as well as experiencing the tourist landmarks that have made these countries world reknowned. It is from these experiences that team members gain a sense of independence, self-reliance, and responsibility for themselves. As a member of a team they develop deeper understanding and appreciation of other people and cultures. Students involved in the World Challenge program demonstrate the attributes of the IB Learner Profile specifically – Thinkers, Communicators, Open Minded, Caring and Risk Takers.
Blackwood High School has embarked on five expeditions on a since the program’s inception in 2008 these include:
- Vietnam 2009
- Borneo 2011
- Cambodia and Vietnam /Botswana and Namibia 2013
- Botswana/Zambia 2015
- Laos and Vietnam 2017
Some of the community projects that our students have been involved in include:
- Building a playground.
- Creating a concrete slab for a wheelchair accessible vegetable garden.
- Teaching and working with students including children with mild and severe disabilities.
- Painting and renovating living and sleeping areas in local orphanages, providing mattresses and mosquito netting.
Students in Year 9 and Year 10 are eligible to apply to be involved in the program which is run in conjunction with the World Challenge Outdoors course at Year 10 and 11. Further information about this course is in the Curriculum Prospectus on the schools website.
On completion of student preparation and the four week expedition, students can achieve 20 credit points toward their SACE by completing SACE Stage 1 Integrated Studies units.
For short video clips from the past expeditions please click on the following links:
- Borneo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEagcJ_fUS8
- Africa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fanHOuyrwA4
- Cambodia and Vietnam http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_5GmU3lc-Y
This year applications are open in term 1 for year 9 and 10 students to be involved in the World Challenge program. The 2019 expedition will journey to Vietnam and Cambodia and we are hoping to offer two teams (depending on numbers). Application form will be available from year level assemblies or download now