Adventurous pupils from Derby High school will spend their summer holiday working in Nicaragua rather than taking a relaxing break.
The 27 girls from Derby High School will spend four weeks on the World Challenge trip which they have been planning for the past 20 months.
lans which include trekking across five volcanoes, working at a school and also with disadvantaged children will leave the students with little time to relax.
Each girl has raised £3,500 to pay for the trip to Central America through fund-raising events such as craft fairs, car washes, sponsored bungee jumps and abseiling.
The students are responsible for planning every aspect of their expedition, from meals and accommodation to transport.
Four members of staff will accompany them, including Carole Riley, head of chemistry years 10 and 11 at the school.
Miss Riley said: “We completed a trek in January to try to get the girls used to walking in difficult conditions.
“They’ve also been told about fitness and training plans that they can follow. It will be very humid and we will be taking them totally out of their comfort zone.
“When we arrive there will be a period of acclimatization. Towards the end of the trip we will be trekking along five volcanoes – called San Cristobal, Telica, Rota, Cerro Negro and Momotombo – and the girls will be given the opportunity to sandboard down one of them.
“The girls are excited about the trip but I think there’s a bit of a fear of the unknown. They will be in charge of transport, accommodation, food, it will all be down to them.”
The first night’s accommodation is booked on the trip but nothing else.
Miss Riley said: “Hopefully, they will find the trip challenging and rewarding. They should gain real confidence and it might encourage them to want to do more travelling independently.”
When the girls arrive in Nicaragua on July 4, they will split into two groups.
One group will spend part of the trip at the Avangasca School, near Leon, where they will lay a concrete floor. The other group will be working with disadvantaged children.
There will be time for relaxation at the end of their journey with a rest and reflection phase at a resort in Nicaragua chosen by the girls.
Pupil Grace Johal, 17, of Derby, said: “I’ve been abroad before but never on a trip like this. “It is all a bit daunting but exciting too. We don’t really know what to expect and we have to plan the trip. “I’m looking forward to seeing how I cope when we are out there. I think we will all learn a lot about ourselves.”