Take your 2019 school trip to the highest peaks – and fund the education of disadvantage children where it matters most
Is your school looking for a once in a lifetime experience for your pupils in 2019? Imagine offering your students the chance to experience the captivating views and physical exhilaration of trekking in the most famous mountain range in the world, the Himalayas.
Trekking in the shadow of Mountain Everest and interacting with the local Nepalese people may sound like a stretch too far, but one company is hoping by opening its doors to schools across the UK they will be able to have a life-changing impact on pupils at both ends of the trip.
Moonlight Nepal Trekking and Adventure is a Nepalese owned and operated trekking and adventure company that was established to offer financial support to the Moonlight Foundation Nepal School; a non-profit entity committed to providing free education, food and medical assistance to impoverished children in Nepal.
Moonlight Nepal Tours aims to provide a sustainable funding resource for the Moonlight Foundation Nepal School, with 60% of all profit allocated directly to support the education of disadvantaged children through our non-profit organization, the Moonlight Foundation Nepal.
“We seek to build partnerships with international schools and hope to interest them in a student visit to Nepal through our Trekking Company” says Santosh Koirala, managing director of Moonlight Nepal Trekking & Adventure. “The profits made enable an expansion of our charitable work and therefore increases the number of disadvantaged children able to study at the Moonlight School.”
Students are invited to Moonlight School to teach lessons, run classroom games, experience cultural interactions and contribute to service work like painting classrooms, constructing pathways, walls or building blocks or planting and supporting an organic garden.
The trekking company currently offer five trips, ranging from the Chitwan National Park to, of course, Everest Region camp. All of the trips are around eight days long, and once you land in Nepal every need is catered for.
“Glimpse of Everest trek is one of the popular destinations for first time trekkers in Nepal. This trek definitely will give you a great introduction to Sherpa cultures along with spectacular mountain views” Santosh reveals. “The panoramic landscapes and varied cultures of different ethnic groups along the route make it a very popular choice for international school trips.
“Moonlight Nepal Company has comprehensive experience in guiding students, with a 100% safety record. This is a wonderful trek for international school students of all ages. Our guide and porters are friendly and experienced in the region and will facilitate your learning about our culture, people and mountains. Our staff’s first priority is to ensure the safety of every individual, so that international students can trek the famous route without any problems or difficulties.”
After their trek in the Himalayas, students will then spend time with Moonlight School where they do a one or two-day service project including teaching a lesson, running classroom games and experiencing cultural interactions.
They can also participate in service learning projects like painting classrooms, constructing a pathway or wall, building a toilet or small buildings, or planting and supporting an organic garden etc. “The work can be tailored to student interests and the needs of the school.”
Previous international school students who have travelled say that while the mountains and trails of Nepal are amazing, their favourite time was spent sharing the music, dance, smiles and beautiful culture of the Nepalese people and the Moonlight School students.
Wow. What an experience, for everybody involved.
ARRANGING A TRIP
If you are interested in arranging a school trip for your students within Nepal, visit: moonlighttreks.com
For more information on how the Moonlight Foundation provides free education, food, and medical assistance to impoverished children in Nepal visit: moonlight.org.np