Year 10 student, Emily Baker, has been busy raising funds for the exciting expedition to Costa Rica departing next summer.
On 29th June, Emily organised a Village Tea Party in her grandparents’ garden in Kingskerswell. Emily took three days to prepare for the event which was attended by as many as 150 people from the local community.
Tea, scones and cakes were on sale along with a selection of plants and second-hand books. With the help of her family, Emily managed to raise an impressive £950 towards the cost of her expedition.
Adrian Ferraro from STC Expeditions – the Exeter based tour operator which is organising the expedition says: “We are so impressed to hear about Emily’s efforts to fundraise for her Costa Rican adventure and the initiative she took to organise the tea party. We find that students who raise money for these experiences themselves get so much more out of them than those who don’t. By organising events such as this, Emily brought her family together and provided a memorable afternoon for members of the local community. Emily obviously spent a great deal of time preparing for the tea party and it’s great to see that it was such a success. The trip that we are organising for Newton Abbot College is an amazing adventure and we have no doubt Emily will be determined to get the most from it due to her efforts to raise the money herself.”
Emily says: “I really enjoyed organising the tea party. It was a very hot day and my whole family pitched in to help. It was great to see it turn in to such a successful afternoon and we are really grateful for everyone turning up and enjoying the day.”
Hannah Brown, Team Leader of Modern Foreign Languages and Trip Leader from Newton Abbot College said: “Emily has done an incredible job of raising such a huge amount of money in one day. We are so proud of all the students who are embarking on this incredible adventure next summer and the innovative ways they raise the necessary funds. We could not be happier to be partnering with STC Expeditions and cannot wait to work with the local community and experience everything Costa Rica has to offer.
During her 26-day trip to Costa Rica in July 2020, Emily will be spending time on community and turtle conservation projects. Along with 14 other students from Newton Abbot College, she will be crossing the country from the Pacific to the Caribbean coast using a variety of modes of human-powered transport including white water rafting, trekking and mountain biking.