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Adventure girls assist in Nepal

AWESOME TRIP: IGGS students Ellitaylor Fagan, Emily Sprake and Michelle Kawale.
AWESOME TRIP: IGGS students Ellitaylor Fagan, Emily Sprake and Michelle Kawale. Rob Williams

THREE weeks scaling the mountains and battling the language barrier of one of the world's most impoverished nations may have been a challenge, but not one that these determined young women were afraid to face.

Having returned from a recent trip to Nepal, in which they contributed to a World Challenge project to paint a local school, the lucky group of 18 Ipswich Girls' Grammar students are already looking forward to the next adventure.

Departing in the last week of June, the students - although accompanied by two teachers - were allowed to organise most of their own itineraries as they trekked their way across Poon Hill, battled the rapids at the foot of the Himalayas in a white-water rafting journey, and assisted local school kids.

Year 12 student Michelle Kawale said the challenge of scaling the 3200m Poon Hill peak helped the girls better understand their own capabilities.

"We had to start walking at 3am in order to get to the peak at sunrise and enjoy the view," she said.

In between the hiking adventures was the more serious mission of touching up the paintwork at a Nepalese school.

The Ipswich students took four days to completely re-paint the school and add a mural of a tree with their handprints for leaves.

Ellitaylor Fagan said the girls took away much from their adventures.

"We took a lot from this experience, but I guess the main thing was respecting just how much we've got in this country," she said.

"That was a very big thing.

"Seeing the smiles on those kids' faces when we offered them gifts - they appreciate things so much more over there."

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