GLOBAL STUDENTS FOR THEIR EXCURSION IN DOOARS
Global students for their excursion in Dooars
It was one of the most memorable and unforgettable weeks for the students of American School of Dubai (ASD) when they participated in a weeklong excursion programme at Dooars region of West Bengal. 28 participants including 04 teachers from USA, Saudi Arab, Australia, India, France, Canada, Afghanistan, New Zealand, Malaysia, Pakistan and Britain were participated in the excursion during 21 to 27 February’08 at Rajabhatkhawa under Buxa Tiger Reserve.
During the stay in the region they did trekking, rappelling, water activities, jungle safari and volunteering also. On 21st of February they arrived at Rajabhatkhawa Jungle Lodge via Bagdogra airport at late evening. After having refreshment the leader of the team Mr. Scott Herrington had taken an introductory session. Next day they did trekking to Mahakal Cave, which is one of the unique creations of nature by limestone, sulphur and water (stalactite and stalagmite) in side the Bhutan territory. They were extremely surprised to see this noble creation as they had seen first time in their life. While coming back from the Mahakal they did swimming also in the Jainti River.
23rd was the day for rock climbing and rappelling. Students took first hand experience of climb the rocks and rappelled down from the high mountain. As climbing and rappelling requires lot of stamina and courage, students were participated the event with great enthusiasm and enjoyed lot. Next day they enjoyed trekking again at Buxafort (historical place at 2500 ft.) and Lepchakha (a dukpa village near Bhutan border). The total trek was four hours duration from starting point Santrabari. At Buxafort they also did a game in relation with jungle’s food chain.
25th February was the day of volunteering. They selected a school near Alipurduar town for the purpose. Students took English classes, played games with the local tribal students and painted school building also. They also donated study materials and sport goods to the school authority. On 26th they did jungle ride at Chilapata forest. It was very much exciting as they traveled extremely inside the core area and saw wild Elephant, Bison, Peacock, Deer and various birds. They also participated in a cultural show performed by the local tribal communities from the forest villages. On the same day after coming back to Rajabhatkhawa lodge students celebrated the night in a big manner by participating in the campfire programme.