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East Ren Challenge Morocco 2016 - Climb North Africa's tallest peak

This article was first published on: 12 March 2015

Wanted: talented, motivated young people to take part in the challenge of a lifetime ... and gain skills and experience that will last forever!

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What is the challenge?

We are looking for 20 young people to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime two-week trip to Morocco, trekking in the High Atlas mountains and climbing North Africa's highest mountain: Mount Toubkal.

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Participants will take part in a 13-month training programme to prepare for the expedition and with meet regularly to build their fitness, develop as a team and help fund raise. You will be involved in planning all aspects of your expedition, from learning to care for teammates to dealing altitude sickness, and navigating challenging terrain. Everyone who takes part will develop invaluable skills and experience to prepare for further education or employment.

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The leadership programme exceeds the requirements for the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and can be used to obtain your Gold Award. If you are not yet doing a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, you may still be able to register.

There are 3 stages to the programme:

  • Planning: Thirteen months training and preparation
  • Expedition: Two weeks in Morocco
  • Reflection: Reporting and presenting your own personal experience

What I learned and found out about myself was unbelievable. I wish I could do it again.
- Elis, Morocco 2013

Who is running the programme?

Challenge Morocco is delivered by East Renfrewshire Council's Young Persons Services. The expedition leader is Paul Tulloch, a summer and winter Mountain Leader, who has lead hundreds of expeditions in the UK, and a number around the world with the British forces and World Challenge Expeditions.

Morocco was the best experience of my life. It taught me so much and the memories are unforgettable.
- Nicole, Morocco 2013

Who can get involved?

We have places for up to twenty 16-17 year olds. Places cost £300 and parental consent is required - more information will be provided at the Information Evening. We are also offering a number of places that will be funded for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who meet our selection requirements.

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We are looking for young people who can demonstrate maturity, self-discipline and a passion for adventure, people and culture. If this sounds like you, we would love to meet you.

  • Aged between 16 and 17 years old
  • In good physical health
  • Interested in learning about other cultures
  • Excellent teamwork, communication and leadership skills
  • Confident and friendly
  • Enjoy problem solving skills
  • Work well with others in a team or as an individual
  • Empathetic and considerate of the views of others
  • Determined to succeed and persevere
  • Positive attitude
  • Self motivated and adaptable
  • Willing to learn and take responsibility
  • Able to commit to thirteen month programme, at least 2 hours per week

The leadership programme and the trip to Morocco changed me. I am now more confident and step forward, rather than taking a step back. I loved every part of it
- Calum, Morocco 2013

Finding out more

An information evening for parents and prospective adventurers will take place on Thursday 26th March, 7.30pm at Barrhead High School, or you can contact Expedition Lead Paul Tulloch direct on 0141 577 4009 or 07770 644191.

How do I apply?

You can apply online by downloading an application form and emailing to paul.tulloch@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk:

Or you can pick up an application form at the Information Evening on Thursday 26 March 2015, 7.30pm at Barrhead High School

Closing Date for applications is Monday 6 April 2015

Candidates will be invited to a Selection Evening on Thursday 16 April 2015 or Thursday 23 April 2015 in Barrhead High School between 5pm and 9.00pm, and successful applicants will be confirmed week beginning 27th April

For more information or advice, please contact Paul Tulloch on 0141 577 4009 or 07770 644191.

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