This August, I will be joining a team of 18 people on a trek to the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru in order to raise money for a charity called T.E.A.C.H (time to educate Africa’s children). The prospect of embarking on an adventure to see one of the Wonders of the World is invigorating! The fact that we will be doing it in aid of an amazing charity which devotes it’s time to empowering children via education is extremely rewarding. I am filled with excitement and anticipation. Here’s how I came to be a part of this journey:
I think back about five months ago, when I was sitting in the fluorescent-lit studio that I would be calling home for the rest of the semester. Just another day, typical Scottish weather, usual uni banter, just getting the work done. I certainly didn’t bother to raise my head from my laptop when a classmate walked in and sat down behind me and started to chat to another guy.
However, my they caught my attention when he mentioned a charity trek to Peru. My curiosity was instantly piqued (my new year’s resolution had been to do more for others, and a trek for charity certainly counts!). After a few minutes grilling the poor guy about the trek; who was organising it, what charity was it in aid of, what’s the info? etc. I decided to sign up!
That was five months ago. Since then, I’ve received a number of very generous donations from friends and family, and held a ‘night at the races’. To date, I’ve raised £2235 for T.E.A.C.H, and I still have more fundraising plans. I’m extremely grateful for the support and generosity of my friends and family and I am pleased to say that I have smashed through the fundraising target set by the charity! Together, with my team of 18 people going on the trek, we will raise a small fortune for T.E.A.C.H!
However, now that the fundraising has been successful, my next concern is getting all the gear I need for the trek. After all, it’s a 14 day excursion to Peru that will take us from Cusco to the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu. We will be hiking over rough terrain, through rural, jungle, and mountainous landscapes. We will pass the Humantay Glacier as we ascend to heights over 4200m before descending through the Santa Teresa and Aobamba Valleys. Shortly after, we will arrive at Aguas Calientes and sign into the national park before climbing to the Sun Gate, marking the entrance to the cloud city before the sun rises over the tree-capped mountains to illuminate the Inca citadel.
This trek will be the toughest test I’ve ever had in my very sheltered life. However, it will be an experience of a lifetime and will actually do some good for some children who need a hand up, not a hand out.
I can’t wait to start filling my journal with tales of my travels.
Thank you again to everyone who has supported us on our trek. If any of you reading this would like to support T.E.A.C.H, please donate via my JustGiving page at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=ScottStephen1