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A Journey Beyond Borders

8 December 2023

Greater London South East Sector Army Cadet Force went on an expedition to KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa, from the 11th to the 25th of August 2023. This expedition was an adventurous experience for 25 cadets and 5 adult volunteers.

ACCT UK’s support not only facilitated a memorable adventure but also contributed to the development of skills that will resonate in the cadets’ educational and professional journeys.

The grant provided by ACCT UK played a pivotal role in breaking down financial barriers, ensuring that deserving cadets could participate without the burden of costs. Recognising the increasing living expenses, this grant provided an opportunity for cadets and fostered inclusivity to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The cadets’ proactive efforts in organising sponsorship initiatives, such as crafting wristband jewellery, conquering the ‘3 peaks,’ participating in a swimathon, and delivering presentations to employees, showcased their commitment to making the expedition a reality.

The expedition itself was a diverse and enriching experience. Cadets engaged in adventure training on the Tugela River, trekked through the Bush to historical battle sites like Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, visited local schools, immersed themselves in Zulu villages, and explored a wildlife reserve to witness the ‘big five’ animals and conservation efforts. This unique exposure imparted crucial skills, from teamwork and expedition expertise to cultural understanding, military history, and wildlife conservation.

Upon their return, the cadets and adults expressed gratitude to ACCT UK for their pivotal role in making Exercise Kwazulu-Natal Cadet a reality. The impact of this journey went beyond the adventure itself, shaping the participants in profound ways. The challenges faced, from the African wilderness to being away from home, instilled resilience, confidence, and self-reliance. The experience was a testament to the transformative power of the Army Cadet Force, shaping cadets into positive, confident, and self-assured individuals.

“Your kind support has kindled a lasting legacy and has ignited a spirit of adventure. Testament to this is that some of the senior cadets have already expressed an interest in returning to South Africa to help support the conservation projects, for both wild animals and the land. This would not have been possible without your generous support.”

D Konstantinious Lieutenant Colonel Lead Expedition Officer

This trip was supported by ACCT UK Grant. If you are looking to take part in a similar expedition and need to fund your trip, you can apply today, here.

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