Students from Mount Isa have embarked on a trip like no other, and as a result have caught the travel bug.
The trip was in conjunction with World Challenge which is an organisation which runs overseas adventures for students.
Mount Isa's very own Alison Whitehead lead the trip after hearing about World Challenge a few years ago.
"I caught wind of it then did some investigating and realised it would be perfect for Mount Isa students," Ms Whitehead said.
"The trips build kids life skills as it isn't a school camp or a holiday with mum and dad.
"It's the kind of learning that students will carry with them long into the future, and the kind of learning that can only come from experiencing this amazing planet and the unique cultures that inhabit it."
Ms Whitehead thought it would be a great idea for Mount Isa as students were remote and not many get a chance to travel overseas at such a young age.
"For the whole of last year we were fundraising and training for our trip to Malaysia," Ms Whitehead said.
"The kids were in charge of ringing and booking accommodation, transport and only had a rough guide, they had to take control.
"Overall we were there for about three weeks and did plenty of trekking."
Ms Whitehead said by the end of the trip you could see how much more comfortable students were and how much they had learnt about other parts of the world.
"We also played sport with locals, white water rafting, had out door learning and tried different foods and music."
Mount Isa student Paige Johnson said her main highlight of the trip was playing soccer with the local kids and volleyball with the Police.
"On the trip I learnt and saw how people can live with so little but also be so happy and welcoming. I would definitely recommend it to others as it's an amazing trip, you can learn so much about yourself and it's a great challenge," Paige said.
Student Frank Moro said the highlight of his trip was the people that he met.
"Everyone was so friendly and easy to talk to," Frank said
"On the trip I learned how I could push myself mentally to get an outcome. I would recommend World Challenge to others because it was such a fun and eye-opening experience."
Student Amy Kuhne said her highlight was the sport in Merapoh.
"It was great to be amongst and involved in their community and see how accepting everyone was," Amy said.
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