Emmanuel College students Indi Sharrock, left, Madison Wallis, Rebecca Smith and Andrew Cooper are among 34 Warrnambool secondary students preparing for an end-of-year International Challenge to Laos, Cambodia and Borneo.STUDENTS around Warrnambool are preparing for a life-changing World Challenge, trekking and performing community service for four weeks in a foreign country.
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Twenty-eight Emmanuel College students from years 10 and 11 will travel to Cambodia and Laos, while six Warrnambool College students will complete the program in Borneo.

World Challenge co-ordinator for Emmanuel College Brian Brown said students would be in complete control of their lives while abroad.

“As supervisors we’re really just onlookers. If they get on the wrong bus and head in the wrong direction, we just go with them and let them resolve the situation,” he said.

The students also have to budget for themselves , including food, accommodation and transport which they organise as well.

Emmanuel College year 11 student Maria Moloney is excited about the trip.

“I think we’ll be well prepared for the trip, but there will still be culture shock,” said Maria, who has never been on a plane, let alone left Australia.

“If we get lost or someone goes to hospital that will be a downer, but we’ll deal with it.”

Maria said the trip would probably make her appreciate returning home to her normal routine.

The trips take place this November and December, but preparation will have started 18 months earlier.

Another testing element of the challenge is that students must fund the trip themselves, raising and saving more than $6000.

“We’ve organised fairs, had chocolate drives and helped with Wunta and we’ll have more fairs, barbecues and do as much as we can before the trip,” Maria said.

The trip won’t all be hard work. The last week of the four-week adventure is dedicated to students having well-deserved rest and relaxation.

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