While eating, students help each other get water to go along with their meal in Bintan, Indonesia. Photograph by Ms. Mcdermott, 2014
“I like chicken nuggets.”
Ask anyone sensible. The most critical thing about travelling 300 km to an island in Indonesia for a school trip is whether the food is going to be any good. Luckily for me, at any rate, was that the food was actually good. Everyday there was something to my liking that satisfied my hunger. The dishes that tasted best to me were Fried Noodles, Fried Rice, and Chicken Nuggets. Where we ate, the air smelled salty and the scenery was just peaceful. This was because we ate so close to the beach and the breeze blowing into our faces was so refreshing. The only bad thing was we had to wash our own dishes; I thought I did enough of this at home. Apart from that, there were also healthy vegetable dishes to balance out the unhealthy dishes. To go with that were good drinks, such as fresh fruit smoothies, which were delicious. Actually, the food was fine, every meal I had was delicious.
Watched by cheering onlookers, students wearing life jackets jump into the the cold, clear South China Sea from a boat platform in Bintan, Indonesia. Photograph by Ms. Mcdermott, 2014
“It was wet and dizzy.” – Giang, WWW Student
Have you ever wanted to be like a brick, smashing down from high above into the water? Well the Boom Net activity was just that! The Boom Net activity also was, without a doubt, one of the best experiences I had on WWW. What we did was jump into a net in the ocean at two different heights from the boat. Then we would swim over to the ladder and get back aboard the boat. We needed a life jacket to participate in this activity and we had unlimited turns. From personal experience, jumping into the water was not scary at all when I jumped from the first level, but the first time I jumped from the second level, it was a quite terrifying. But after the first try, it was just be super fun over and over again. The air there smelled salty, which helped me because I enjoyed the smell of salt. Mostly because I grew up going to the beach a lot as a kid. Some people even got seasick, which wasn’t very pleasant at all. So altogether, the boom net was an activity I would reccomend to anyone who wants to have fun. Unless you get seasick easily, then just don’t go, for your sake, and for others sake.
Cheered on by watchers from above, a student wearing sandals zip lines down to the cold, salty water of a swimming pool in Bintan, Indonesia.
Photography by Ms. Mcdermott, 2014
Cheered on by watchers from above, a student wearing sandals zip lines down to the cold, salty water of a swimming pool in Bintan, Indonesia. Photograph by Ms. Mcdermott, 2014
What would it be like to be a bird? Up high, zooming down to earth? Well, the Flying Fox let us experience just that! In the Flying Fox (also known as Zip Line), we needed to first of all climb up a really high ladder to the top of the platform. Not to worry though because it was safe, we were harnessed at the top. Yes, we needed a harness to do this for safety reasons. Then when I was at the top. It was incredibly scary, jumping off was a huge step towards facing our fears (if we were afraid of heights like me). My mouth was completely dry when I looked at the way down. This was when I just wanted to quit and felt like I was going to regret this. Looking down made me breathe slowly and made my heart beat slow down. But that was too bad, it was too late, I told myself, there was no going back once I was there. I felt like I was on the top of the world and there was no way down except jumping. So I finally jumped off. I free-fell for about two seconds which was absolutely horrifying, but then also very thrilling. After that I zoomed down to earth on the zip line, while enjoying the adventure, and remembering in time I also had to make sure to make the right posture when I landed in the water, so I wouldn’t get injured. Finally I crashed down into the water and took in the unbelievable experience I just had. Jumping off the platform and being airborne for two seconds was something I will never forget doing. Being airborne was extremely fun and I would do it over again and again if I had the chance. Also, from personal experience, if this activity is done correctly, we wouldn’t get hurt whatsoever. All in all, I would recommend this to anybody who wants to have fun and anyone who wants to fly.