14th August 2018 11:59am
Over 83,000 steps, 33 young members, 6 staff, 5 days, 4 groups and amazing memories shared.
From 6 –10 August, 33 young people went to France, making it the biggest Young Greenwich trip of the year. Members were a mix from Hawksmoor, Woolwich Common and Avery Hill youth hubs, all based in Royal Greenwich. Here’s what we got up to in France.
33 young people departed from Dover kick-starting their five-day trip abroad. After crossing the English Channel on the ferry and a four-hour coach ride, members arrived at PGL Château de Grande Romaine, the French centre located at Lésigny, where they took part in the fun, mini Olympics challenges to end the day.
Waking up bright and early, ready for the day, members explored the centre of Paris. First, they took a look at the Eiffel Tower, exploring the architecture and its surroundings. In the blazing sunshine, the day was followed by a cruise on the River Seine, looking at the monuments the city had to offer. To end the day right, our members got hands-on with outdoor adventures including high ropes, trapeze and archery challenges before taking a dip in the pool at PGL, splashing away in the sunset.
“14 hours in Disneyland but it was the happiest place on earth” – Finley, Woolwich Common Youth Hub
The adventure continued on day 3 where members visited Disneyland Paris. From 10am, the young people explored both Disney and Walt Disney Studios Park; taking on the thrilling rides, fantastic shows, a parade and a grand finale, watching the spectacular fireworks by the castle.
After a long day exploring Disneyland, the members relaxed whilst socialising with each other and talking about their favourite moments from the day before. Later in the day, they went on to visit Sacre Cœur and the streets of Montmartre, the artists’ quarter, where the young people bought some souvenirs for their friends and families.
The young people returned to PGL for a quick swimming session and small games just before their disco night, celebrating the week’s events on the dance floor with their favourite music playing in the background.
On the last day before departure, our members got together for a last minute shop at Carrefour, one of France’s biggest supermarkets where the young people independently bought items to take home.
“I find the city really pretty and I actually met a lot of people I really liked. I only knew people from Hawksmoor.” – Annie, Hawksmoor Youth Hub
The young people enjoyed themselves throughout their week away. They learned how to be independent abroad, met new people who shared the same interests and got to understand differences between each other.
Their quote to summarise the trip was “Living my best life” which they believed was the definition of their experience.
We would like to thank all young people involved for sharing their memories with us. We would also like to thank the staff involved on this trip, giving young people in the borough a different perspective and support to their summer.