Regents’ students out for an alpine adventure

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A team of students from Regents International School Pattaya recently traded Thailand for a unique experience in the Swiss Alps. Both our boarding and day students were invited to test their leadership and adventure skills, as well as their resilience, over seven days of activities and challenges in a beautiful but at times hostile environment.

Walking trek was tough and the changing weather certainly makes it challenging for all.
Walking trek was tough and the changing weather certainly makes it challenging for all.

The week included trekking around the village of Les Martinets, where the team were based, developing their map reading and compass skills, surviving two days’ camping and crossing a glacier with snow shoes and crampons.

First taste of cheese and chocolate.
First taste of cheese and chocolate.

“This was a great opportunity that was only available to schools, like Regents, that are part of Nord Anglia Education,” commented Garry Russell, Head of Secondary. “This sort of experience is brilliant for encouraging students to work collaboratively. The Alps are a challenging environment and the group had to work as part of a team in order to complete the seven day outdoor education adventure. It also helped to build their independence and ability to make decisions and lead others. They will certainly come back from Switzerland as different people and, no doubt, share their experiences with others.”

The morning of our 2-day walking trek through the snowy Alps.
The morning of our 2-day walking trek through the snowy Alps.

The Swiss adventure is part of Global Campus Worldwide, an initiative run by Nord Anglia Education for students at all 42 of its schools around the world. Other Global Campus opportunities available to students at Regents include an annual social citizenship visit to Tanzania and a performing arts summer school run by The Juilliard School of New York.

Next destination - Les Martinets, Switzerland.
Next destination – Les Martinets, Switzerland.