You are invited to tag along – virtually – as 17 boys head to India on a three-week adventure.
This is a St. Andrew’s Society for Service Around the World (SASSAW) trip, which gives students an opportunity to do community service on a global scale and to develop an appreciation for life in vastly different cultures. Each trip involves a service project, a Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition, and a cultural tourism component.
A Facebook blog will follow the students’ adventures. Parents, grandparents, and friends of the travelling students can follow the journey through daily recaps, photos, and videos.
The students, along with two faculty members (Assistant Headmaster Courtenay Shrimpton and Upper School math/business teacher Dennis Jumaquio) depart today (Aug. 3) from Toronto Pearson Airport and will arrive in Delhi tomorrow.
The group’s first stop is Manali, described as a lush environment surrounded by waterfalls, hot springs, pine forests, apple orchards, rivers, and temples. From Aug. 7-14, the real adventure will begin as the boys travel to Jadatsukh for a trek through the Hampta Pass. Every day of the trek will unveil a different terrain and dramatic scenery.
On Aug. 16, the boys will begin the community service portion of their adventure with an orientation before getting to work on Aug. 17. The students will explore local development challenges by participating in a project that is aimed at meeting an important community need.
Next on the agenda is a cultural experience in Rajasthan, a northern Indian state bordering Pakistan.
Then it will be time to return to Delhi on Aug. 23 for the return home.
We invite you to enjoy the Facebook updates; keep in mind they might not appear daily as internet service will not always be available. You can also follow along on Instagram @sacsassaw