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India Expedition 2016July 7th, 2016
Adventurous pupils and staff are safely back in Monmouth after spending a life-changing month trekking and volunteering in India.
The resilient group of 22 girls from HMSG and 18 boys from Monmouth School spent a week acclimatising in Burua, working at the Upper Valley School.
A sparkling new paint job was the result of their hard graft at the school, which was established by Dr Caroline Pascoe, Headmistress of HMSG, in 1997.
The team then took on a mammoth high-altitude trekking expedition in the Himalayan foothills.
In July 2016, 22 pupils from HMSG and 18 boys from Monmouth School will be spending a month in the Zanskar area of India, accompanied by six members of staff.
Dr Caroline Pascoe, who founded the Upper Valley School in the Indian village of Burua in 1997, is leading the expedition. She said: “As part of the expedition, the group will spend a week acclimatising in Burua, working at Upper Valley School.
“We will be teaching, painting, plastering and carrying out general repairs at the school.”
Since its foundation, Upper Valley School has grown from having six children aged five to now having 142 children aged between three and 17. The facilities have grown from one room to a facility of eight classrooms.
Dr Pascoe added: “After time in Burua the expedition, we will undertake a two-week high altitude trek in the Himalayan foothills.”
Location: Himachal Pradesh