We often say at BeAT that travel is the ‘fourth dimension’ in education.
It assists in placing education in context, for it broadens minds and horizons, breaks down barriers, destroys misconception, enhances knowledge and promotes cultural understanding. It is for those reasons that BeAT has a well-established programme of annual trips, organised in such a way that the trips on offer are entirely appropriate for everyone.
These opportunities for personal growth and character building place BeAT groups ahead of the rest. The trips on offer establish greater maturity, self-discipline, personal organisation and the ability to prioritise; all are essential qualities necessary to enhance success. The programme of trips on offer is ideally suited to the acquisition of these qualities.
CLIMB BUCKSWOOD MOUNTAIN - in the Caucasus mountains of Georgia
Who is this suitable for?
Any group ready for an adventure. It would suit IB students, Duke of Edinburgh groups, and / or year groups 10 or 11 needing a team-building exercise or even for groups of staff (for adult trips a trip to the wine region can be included).
Buckswood is an independent school in the UK with its sister school based in Tbilisi. We have recently led a camping
and walking expedition to the peaks in the Mtianeti Region and in fact conquered the climb with the peak officially being named after us! So what makes this attractive to you? It is tried and tested and we are ‘school group friendly’. The project is set up and run by teachers and experts in our Georgian school. The expedition is flexible to suit your specific needs. As well as a great expedition you are also contributing to the improvement and sustainability of the local community, who will join you and help you while you are at the base of the peek: so come and conquer the peak at 3365m above sea level!
Arrive in Tbilisi and settle into school accommodation for a briefing and a quick tour of the city (depending on flight arrival time)
Travel to the site (2 hour journey In 4x4) and set up camp
Lakes walk and camp
Team games and walk
Peaks climb and camp
Return to city and celebration meal in the city
What is included:
Transport throughout your stay
Chef at the camp site
Medical assistance at camp and school
Security at camp site
Tents and sleeping bags
A local guide for the mountain walk
What is not included:
Your own travel insurance
Flight tickets (Georgian Airways is an excellent carrier)
£500 per person - average 8-12 people (Leader free)
THE KINGDOM OF ESWATINI - Southern Africa
For the past twelve years BeAT have run a 10 day – two week charity and adventure programme to the Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland). The trip’s four main areas of interest are:
Inter cultural awareness and understanding: Africa is one thing, this small kingdom is another. I am sure that many have pre-conceived ideas about both before they visit. It
is our job to help you understand in more depth about the people, the culture and the kingdom. Only through a hands on approach can the group truly appreciate this experience. The Eswatini flag has a black and white shield that symbolises the integration between the African continent and European one.
Helping within a local community. The programme is all about giving, learning and understanding within a community that is made up of those less fortunate than ourselves. Working within a local school and with a community forms the major part of the programme. Here the group will integrate in a very hands on fashion be it through helping to plant a garden, helping to provide water and / or working within classrooms. We can tailor your needs around this part of the program.
Understanding the Kingdom’s culture. We open the
tour with a visit to the cultural village so that everyone can
learn the Swazi culture and traditional rules and customs. The group will also join in and learn the traditional Swazi dancing which they will have to perform at one of the schools they will visit!
Relaxing and enjoying the tourism within the Kingdom. Typically this could include a day white-river-rafting run by a local organisation. Visits to the glass factory and candle factory, as well as a day out at the local game park and of course time to rummage and barter in the local markets for typical African gifts.
With any school trip we need to understand your expectations so that we can ensure that we match them and / or even exceed them.
Where do you stay? Buckswood Lodge. The lodge can accommodate 30 students and staff. All rooms are en-suite. The house is located on the top of a hill overlooking the beautiful plains of Swaziland only twenty minutes from the Airport. It is a home-from-home. A place that your team can retreat to at the end of a long, dusty day out in the field. A place with a great hot shower, a swimming pool and home comforts. It is set up for groups as well as individuals. There is a large classroom for group discussions.
What about food and laundry? The house is fully staffed with a chef, cleaners and laundry staff. The chef is fantastic and the food is very fresh. There is a well-stocked supermarket in the town and in case of emergencies there is a pizza oven in the garden, which proves a really fun activity for all.
Is it secure? The house has 24-hour security and you will have a security escort during your stay in the Kingdom. Over the many years of visiting the kingdom with groups we have never felt unsafe. The local town is very safe for students to walk around and explore.
What is included in the cost? Accommodation, transport, food, guide, entrance fees, laundry and security.
Who would the trip be appropriate for? It is open to anyone who is up for an adventure. It can help those participating on the Duke of Edinburgh scheme or those who just want an experience of Africa and the African way of life.
Dependant on programme - price on application - approximately £1000 per person
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