World Challenge Trip to Malawi

Published on 29 September 2015

World Challenge Trip to Malawi

After twelve hours of flying and two flights later, we arrived in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi where the cars and buses wouldn’t have passed an MOT test in England! The following day we were taken to Blantyre where we would stay for the next week helping out at the school and orphanage.

When we arrived at the orphanage in pitch black, all we could hear were screams and laughs of children: it was the most moving moment of my life.  During this phase of the expedition, we taught lessons at the school; brought school books and teacher books; taught the orphans basic skills such as IT and Geography through an inflatable globe and celebrated our leaving with a party at the end where the orphans had put together a choir and sang beautifully to us.

On the trek, we climbed 2,600 metres and brought eight of the orphans with us! This made the six day trek much more exciting as both cultures came  together. We experienced waterfall swimming, sleeping in huts and having showers in a bucket! One day, we saw the most amazing sunset on the mountain where we were able to see the river  leading into Mozambique. On day 5, everybody made it to the peak which was an achievement in itself.

Next up was the Rest and Relaxation phase. We went on safari for two days, where we saw elephants swimming in the river and crocodiles and hippos swimming.

For the final part of the expedition, we took a boat ride on Lake Malawi where we circled a small island.  For our final meal, we ate out and it was luxury - despite our accommodation still being tents!

After three weeks and the experience of a lifetime completed, it was finally time to fly home.

Stephanie Dawson

Year 13 student