IGS aims to inspire meaningful engagement with local, national and global communities, and to grow tenacious and confident individuals.
A large group of students in Years 10 and 11 recently journeyed to India for the 2018 IGS Antipodeans Tour.
Antipodeans is a Sydney‑based company that runs school expeditions to develop resilience, independence and teamwork through the provision of extraordinary experiences abroad.
As part of their experience, the 46 IGS students are helping to build a school for a small village community of Palampur, which lies in the Kangra Valley in the Himachal Pradesh, surrounded by tea gardens.
“10 years ago the owner of the tea gardens came up with a dream, to create a free school for the children of the tea pickers, as they couldn’t afford to send their kids to the local school,” said IGS English educator and Antipodeans program leader Stephen Pace.
“Unfortunately, building stopped due to lack of funds and sat dormant for six years until Antipodeans took it over. The school now has an office, staff room and three classrooms, all set in the picturesque hills with views of the Himalayas.
‘IGS students will begin helping the contractors build the roof of the school and levelling the ground so that future teams can build a basketball court and a proper playground.”
Students will also spend time meeting with the villagers, engaging with the community and broadening their global perspectives.
In addition to the community project, the teams will explore the Dharamsala region during a six-day trek. The teams will traverse beautiful parts of the Indian Himalayas.
The trip will provide students with many learning experiences along the way, as they discover more about the world and themselves, before returning to IGS in Term 2.