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Cathay Pacific opens applications for International Wilderness Experience educational safari to local students

12 Apr 2005

Cathay Pacific Airways today opened applications for the Cathay Pacific International Wilderness Experience 2005, in which young people from around the Asia Pacific region will join an educational safari in South Africa.

The trip will take place between 26 July and 5 August 2005 and is open to young people between the age of 16 and 18 years. In Hong Kong, the programme is co-organised by Cathay Pacific and The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups.

More than 50 delegates from 15 countries and territories will take part including Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Taiwan, India, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, New Zealand, Bahrain, Pakistan and South Africa. Most expenses, from the cost of air tickets, course fees, accommodation, meals, and ground transport in South Africa will be sponsored by Cathay Pacific.

This will be the 11th Wilderness programme. Delegates will stay in the Entabeni Game Reserve near Johannesburg, South Africa where they will be guided by a team of highly qualified Educational Officers and take part in activities to learn more about man’s impact on the environment during hikes, camping trips and wildlife observation. They will also share their cultural traditions with each other through a wedding ceremony role-play, group discussions, songs and dance.

Since its inception in 1991, more than 450 students have taken part in the programme. The Entabeni Game Reserve covers over 10,000 hectares and is home to a diverse population of plant and animal life, including the Big Five – elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard – as well as more than 80 other species of mammals and 380 species of birds.

Full details and online application are available on the web sites at www.cathaypacific.com/iwe or www.hkfyg.org.hk/ye. The closing date for applications is 13 May 2005. For further details please call The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, Youth Exchange Unit on 2561-6149.
Delegates learn about the various functions of different plants in nature. For example, hairy leaves can be used as a toothbrush!Delegates dress up in their home countries' traditional wedding costumes
Mud fight shows the delegates from difference races that they are all the sameCanoeing is one of the fun activities that the delegates enjoyed