“To be adventure trekking with friends, contributing to the Langtang area in Nepal and raising funds for education equality in the UK… well, I’m lost for words.”
We are excited to announce that one of our volunteer tutors Adan and his three friends Clare, Nicki, and Kate, will soon be embarking on an epic adventure to Nepal to raise money to support our charity.
Adan has only recently joined us as a volunteer and was astonished by the results pupils achieve through our tutoring support. With just one hour a week of tutoring for a term, pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds on average increase their results by a half grade (when attending seven sessions or more).
Adan and his friends have been to Nepal several times before, supporting the community and taking part in local projects. We are thrilled they have used this opportunity to raise funds for Action Tutoring.
Meet the team…
Adan has had two previous trips to Nepal, one supporting a mother’s dream to reach Annapurna Base Camp before her daughter got married in Pokhara and the other satisfying his own dream to stand beneath Everest. Adan is a qualified TEFL teacher and coach who helps people learn to progress better both professionally and personally.
Kate has been cycling, trekking and volunteering as a teacher around Northern India and Nepal for the last 18 months, and in March became a qualified TEFL teacher.
Nicki has had a long-term love affair with Nepal, the mountains, the geology and with learning, especially about the world and its people through her travels and studies.
Clare is an adventurer through and through. She has travelled around Asia, lived and run a cycling business in Bali, and likes nothing more than finding new paths to explore new places on her bike.
Adan and his team’s impressive 13-day trek will begin on 30th March and cover a grueling 136 kilometres and ascend over 8,800 meters. They will not only be improving education equality by supporting us over this time, but they will also be contributing to local communities in Nepal while they are there. In 2015, two powerful earthquakes rocked Nepal either side of Kathmandu within a month of each other. The April earthquake caused the death of an estimated 9,000 people and unbelievable hardship to countless others.
The thriving community of Langtang village, where the team will be trekking, was devastated when the earthquake triggered a catastrophic landslide where an estimated 40 million tonnes of rock and ice thundered down the valley destroying the community below. The area and its people are still recovering now, three years on.
There are many challenges to donating from overseas to local organisations and projects in Nepal. It’s generally agreed the best way to support is through visiting and contributing to the local economy, creating jobs and supporting businesses in the tourist sector, which mostly rely on for their livelihood, directly or indirectly. This is what Adan and the team will be doing on their trip, alongside raising money for Action Tutoring and awareness of education inequality.
They recently spent a weekend training in north Wales (during the ‘Beast from the East’!) to prepare. You can read about how they got on in the Arctic conditions here.
To donate to support their incredible trek and help make education equality a reality for all young people, visit their fundraising page here.
If you’d like to get involved with the work we do and have a direct impact on the lives of young people in the UK, why not join us as a volunteer? With a commitment of just one hour a week our programmes are really manageable and we have plenty of locations to choose from.