AN ADVENTUROUS former pupil from Arden School in Solihull has been sharing her experiences of Malaysia, where she spent part of her gap year thanks to funding from Knowle and Dorridge Lions.
Alison Walker received a Youth Travel Bursary from the organisation, returning from her travels shortly before Christmas. She recently gave a talk at the Knowle- based school to members of the sixth form.
Her ten-week placement involved a stay in the remote province of Sabah in North Borneo with a group of volunteers.
One of her assignments involved helping to build a hydro-electric system for an ethnic community at Kampon Boyan, a location which was only accessible by a three-hour drive, a bamboo river crossing and a four-hour trek.
She also helped with the construction of footbridges and steps in the region, to aid environmental conservation by scientists and rangers.
For the adventure phase of her project, as part of a multi-national team, she traversed a dense area of tropical rain forest at Imbac Canyon which is among the oldest in the world. Here they would shower under a waterfall.
Her adventure concluded with a week on an island called Maamatik.
Alison will be going on to study at Bath University later in the year.
* Young people from the Knowle and Dorridge area who need financial help with an overseas adventure during a long vacation or gap year can apply to Knowle and Dorridge Lions. See their website at KnowleandDorridgeLions.com