DRET students visit St Vincent and the Grenadines

Friday, April 21, 2017

Twelve students from across the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) travelled to the Caribbean as they took part in an incredible ecological conservation project.

The once in a lifetime trip, which was held over the Easter break, allowed the students to contribute to rainforest conservation on the beautiful islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines and find out more about the importance of protecting coral reefs from erosion.

During this exclusive visit, the students from across the Trust’s secondary academies trekked through the jungle, hiked up a volcano, planted trees on a beach and participated in scuba diving lessons. Classroom sessions were also held for the group as they discussed the effects of global warming and climate change on the islands.

Stephanie Powell, Sports Enrichment Officer at the David Ross Education Trust, attended the trip as a group leader. She said: “The trip was an incredible experience, which I am sure the students will never forget.

“St Vincent is a stunning location and it was an amazing opportunity for the group to learn more about the importance of conservation on the islands, as well as helping the students to develop key life skills.”

Richard Williams, Director of Academic Studies at the David Ross Education Trust, added: “Travelling to the Caribbean encouraged the group to experience new challenges and inspired them to step out of their comfort zones.

“We were thrilled to offer this unique prospect to our students as part of our enrichment programme, which has allowed them to work alongside a school on the islands.”