The journey of Discovery and Nobel Algarve Adventure Club
“The purpose of life is to live, to taste experience to the utmost, and to reach out eagerly and without fear for a newer and richer experience.” These are the words of First Lady of the United States of America Eleanor Roosevelt (1933 to 1945) – in other words, we grow and become our best selves when we take advantage of new adventures.
The Journey of Discovery for Year 10 students is a seven-day, 100km hike designed to take students on a journey from childhood to adulthood. It is a Nobel International School Algarve ´rite of passage´ that will challenge and entertain, and that will probably cause a few surprises. It is not unusual for some of the most reluctant trekkers to be the ones who come home full of enthusiasm for a new-found interest.
The journey follows a route from the Lagoa school campus down to our school boarding house, where the group stays overnight and learns basic camp craft, then sets off for Silves early the next morning. It then goes to the top of the Monchique hills and back down to our primary school campus in Espiche, near Praia da Luz, before a triumphant return to the Lagoa campus.
Along the way, the students (and teachers!) will be challenged both physically and mentally and be given the opportunity to reflect on their lives so far, and then to look forward to what kind of a future they wish for. They will gain skills and make or deepen friendships along the way.
Parents in the past have been amazed by the changes in their children and by the increased levels of maturity and drive.
It has the power to be a truly unique and transformative journey.
Nobel International School Algarve Adventure Club was set up to provide pupils with opportunities for adventurous activities designed to develop personal and social skills. Head of Adventure and Teacher of Geography Matthew Harris has 25 years´experience leading groups on adventure activities. He was based in Scotland for 10 years and worked as a team leader for a development training company using climbing, trekking, canoeing, sailing and camping as a vehicle for dramatic change and growth. He is a qualified climbing instructor and mountain leader and is a level 3 coach for kayak and canoeing.
Programmes – days and weekends – are designed for students in Year 6 to Year 13 including Bear Cub Camp, Rock Rats, Survival Camp, Duke of Edinburgh Award Gold and Bronze, Bubble Makers, PADI Open Water, Super Splash and the Journey of Discovery mentioned above. For more information please click on the brochure.
The students emerge from the Journey and from these activities more self-aware, confident and mature.