Outlook Expeditions are trips for younger people to places all over the world, where people can explore, help natives and the environment, push themselves way out of their comfort zone and create breath-taking memories.
In summer 2017, I'm thrilled to say I will be going on an expedition to Equador and the Galapagos Islands- located in South America.
We will be doing extremely exciting things such as:
-Doing a 4-day trek up a dormant volcano to Laguna Quilotoa, a stunning vast lagoon in the crater of the volcano's tip. This will be very challenging, but extremely rewarding.
-Visiting the beautiful capital of Equador, Quito.
-Going to remote, almost untouched rainforest. Here we will be helping the local natives with projects like building/repairing their homes, caring for and helping the children, and assisting them in maintaining the welfare of their precious environment.
-Going to the Galapagos Islands, famous for their fascinating inhabitants: Blue-footed booby, Whale shark, Humpbackwhale, Galapagos tortoise, Galapagos penguin, Fur seal, and Marine and Land Iguanas for example. The Islands are volcanic, and most of these species are exclusive to them, as they have evolved differently to the rest of the world. Having been seperated and protected, they luckily haven't had to see humans as a threat before, so are surprisingly friendly. David Attenborough made a great TV show on the Islands, for anyone interested in them.
-White water rafting on a river that feeds the Amazon river. There will also be bridge-jumping and being surrounded by even more amazing rainforest.
There is quite a lot of preparation involved. We will be doing some of our training in Snowdonia, getting used to altitude changes, learning how to trek safely and undertaking new skills and tasks that will be required for our survival in Ecuador.
I'm overwhelmed to have this amazing opportunity, and am particularly excited to see a whole new side of the world, helping it's natives, and experiencing new nature and cultures.
I am however, struggling to keep up with my fundraising target of £4,500 (first payment: £1,290 in a couple of weeks) by next summer - I'm a year 10 student studying for GCSE's, and unfortunately cannot legally get a proper job. At the moment I'm doing babysitting, cleaning, and E-baying my family's items for commission, plus doing events at my school.
I'd be so grateful to have any donations come through. Sponsorships will go directly to enabling me to fulfil this incredible expedition and assist with the fundraising required. If you, or anyone you know would like to help financially, or have any suggestions for fundraising, I would be very happy to hear from you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read about my project.