A team of high school students will be embarking on a trip of a lifetime next summer.
The Endon High School students, who will be taking part in a World Challenge trip to expedition to India Uttarakhand, have begun their fund-raising to help fund the £2,499 expedition fee.
The team recently visited Morrison's in Festival Park, Hanley to carry out a bag packing activity to kick-start their fund-raising.
The students have committed to completing a 20-month programme of planning, money management and training in preparation for the expedition which will take place in the summer of 2015.
The developmental programme managed by organisers, World Challenge, is set out to encourage the students to learn through experience by confronting challenges they have never faced before while liaising with the company to organise their itinerary and working through a money management programme to raise their own expedition funds.
They will also complete a two-day Training Expedition at World Challenges' Leadership and Development Centre in the Peak District to develop team working, leadership, communications and organisation skills as well as the vital expedition survival techniques.
Money Management events are already being planned to raise funds towards their £2,499 expedition fee including the bag packing at Morrisons and forthcoming planned events such as race nights, sponsored abseils and sponsored concerts.
Their objective is to raise the money as a team and independently, without relying on their parents' pockets.
In the summer of 2015 the team will depart for Uttarakhand accompanied by their teacher, James Wooliscroft, and a World Challenge Leader who is responsible for ensuring the safety of all team members.
The challengers will alternate roles such as leader, accountant, cook, health and safety officer and transport coordinator to operate efficiently as a team.
During the two-week expedition, they will complete an acclimatisation phase to adapt to the food, culture and trekking conditions before tackling their physical phase, a main challenging trek and a cultural phase, a worthwhile-project to enable the challengers to give something back to the community in which they are travelling.
Finally, they will have the opportunity to fully relax by completing a rest and relaxation phase. The total expedition duration will be two weeks and the detail of the itinerary will be created over the forthcoming months.