STUDENTS are preparing for an expedition of a lifetime to Swaziland.
The eight students from Alcester Academy High School are trying to raise some £2,500 each by holding car boot sales, bag packing, car washes and even cleaning out wheelie bins before the trip next July.
Being able to raise money is just one part of the programme, which also includes planning, money management and training designed to help them in later life.
And all the preparation will culminate in a once-in-a-lifetime fortnight expedition for the group of 14 to 16 year-olds, who will be accompanied on the trip to the southern African country by one of their teachers.
Teacher Neesha Taylor, told the Observer: “It will be a life-changing expedition and will help us learn about responsibility, leadership, teamwork and physical and emotional challenges.
“One of the main objectives is to raise the money without relying on parents. We will alternate in roles such as leader, accountant and cook during the trip and will create our own itinerary including trekking and relaxation.
“But we also are particularly focusing our efforts of contributing to the needs of the community by either renovating a local school, establishing a clean water supply or helping with conservation.”
The students will be busy in the months running up to their departure, working on fund-raising, fitness and learning more about their destination.
They are calling for any businesses who feel they can offer any fund-raising opportunities or sponsor a student to get in touch.
Email NeeshaTaylor@alcesteracademy.org.uk to find out more.