The young people are taxied to the airport together with three of our youth work staff, before taking off to Southern France. For the vast majority of the young people, it is their first time ever on an aeroplane or abroad. The programme involves doing farm work at the foot of the beautiful Pyrenees Mountains, following instructions from the international team. This experience always proves brilliant in developing crucial communication and teamwork skills as well as enabling them to experience how hard manual work can be. In addition to the work, the young people have the opportunity to experience activities including swimming in the sea, canyoning, diving and two days spent mountaineering. This final challenge is particuarly special for the young people, involving building a camp at 2000 metres above sea level and sleeping out in cold temperatures before rising in the early hours of the morning to walk to the summit for sunrise - a huge test to the young people's perseverance and self-motivation. It can be imagined what a fantastic feeling of achievement and self-pride the young people gain upon completing such a trip, renewing their motivation to pursue personal goals on returning to their lives back in the UK. Take a look at how our 2018 programme went! https://www.didcottrain.org.uk/about-train/news/explore-more-2018-report.
Willem Voorvaart, owner of the farm, without whose incredible generosity the residentials would not be possible, described Camp 1 of the three 2019 trips which took place this year as: “probably one of the best Camps we have had in the past 7 years" and we had some fantastic feedback from the young people about how "amazing” the experience was for them.
We take referrals for our Explore More Programme so please fill in the attached referral form if interested. Please note that there are limited spaces based on people's eligibility for the programme. There is no cost to young people and their family's or to the school, it is all completely free. Dates for future trips are yet to be decided.