“I truly believe that this year has matured me into someone I have always wanted to be. I have experienced life in a sheltered but extreme environment and have grown better for it. I have made some great friendships and the responsibility is on me whether they continue to grow or not. Athol has made a profound impact on my life and his counsel will always be in my decisions. It has been the most defining year of my life so far.”
“Paddy went in a boy and now appears well on his way to being a man. The kind of man you’d want at your back when things go wrong. What more could a father really want? As a half-way house between being a school-child and being an adult, Treverton’s G.A.P Year Post Matric course has been exemplary allowing my son to mature and develop, to become independent and yet able to interact positively with others. It has brought out leadership skills I always believed he had and allowed a sense of responsibility to develop away from the shelter of his home and yet with a measure of care at hand to ease a protective parent’s mind. It has exposed him to a wealth of experiences all of which have enriched him and made him very fit. He’s been exposed to sports he’d never have tried otherwise and taught him self-discipline and consideration for others.If he’d gone straight to university from schools he’d perhaps have floundered. Now he’s ready to fly!!”
The Bonitas Mkomazi Adventure Report back
The Treverton G.A.P. students have successfully completed the Mkomazi Catchment to Coast expedition. Travelling by non-motorised means of transport they hiked 20km to the catchment of the Mkomazi River, cycled 200km along the river’s course and paddled close to 100km on inflatable crocs and K2 boats. An incredible feat for young people with only two month’s preparation for this trip.
They also did an environmental evaluation of the river and immediate surrounds as they moved down the river towards the sea. Included in this was a mini-Sas test (see separate report for these results).
The students also met with school learners from several schools along the route sharing with them knowledge about curriculum-based lessons on water cycle as well as the importance of water conservation.
This experience was an incredible journey physically, emotionally and mentally. However, it has grown the G.A.P. students immensely and has left an impact with the school learners they met along the way.
There is no doubt about the gratitude that they have for the kind and generous sponsorship received from our sponsors. Without your contribution this significant expedition would not have taken place – Thank you.
Following are the personal accounts of the student’s experiences of the trip. – Mr Athol Davies (Director – Treverton G.A.P.).