The World Challenge trip to Ecuador is a unique and exciting travel opportunity for the Junior class. Students can learn important life skills that are not easily taught in a classroom such as leadership, decision making and teamwork. Here is an interview I had with Mr Hulse, the organizer, to learn more about the details and plans for the upcoming trip:
Where in Ecuador are you visiting?
“It looks like we'll fly into Quito to acclimate to the climate and culture for a day and then head to the highlands for our community project. Afterwards we will go to Otavolo where we have been recommended various treks to waterfalls and high-altitude lakes. Lastly we will head to the Northern Andes to complete our main trek. There we will be among the Alto Chocó, a cloud forest with a variety of ecosystems. “
What type of service and project work will the group be doing?
“The team of students will ultimately choose exactly what they will do. However, it is a community service project which means we will be living and working alongside an Ecuadorian community. Before heading there, we will talk about the strengths of the individuals on our team and how we can make the biggest, real impact.”
What is the cost of the trip and what does that include?
“The cost is $3695. This typically includes flights and in-country transportation, food, guide's fees, parks fees and local equipment hire/purchase, 24 hour backup from World Challenge, leaders and expedition assistants, and any expedition specific equipment such as tents, ropes, medical supplies etc.”
Lastly, why would you recommend students to sign up for this trip?
“I think World Challenge provides a really cool, unique travel opportunity. This trip really offers a lot of freedom but also requires a lot of leadership and teamwork. Unlike other tour-based travel programs, this is one centered around community and expedition. I recommend this trip of a lifetime to anyone looking to challenge themselves and grow as a global citizen. “
Thank you Mr. Hulse for answering these questions. I definitely recommend this trip for the junior class. Sign up today for this memorable adventure!