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Students Return From The 10th International Wilderness Experience

Mumbai/August 16, 2004/18:15/ -- Cathay Pacific Airways concluded its 10th year of the International Wilderness Experience Programme (IWEP) 2004. As a part of the IWEP Programme, Cathay Pacific Airways sponsored 52 students from Asia, New Zealand, the Middle East and South Africa on a trip of a lifetime to learn more about the environment and cultural diversity while on an excursion in Southern Africa. Rupal Kulkarni and S.Harini from Mumbai along with Nabmallika Joarder from Delhi represented India at the event.

This year's programme took place at the Entabeni Nature Reserve in South Africa, a 10,000-hectare reserve that is home to elephants, rhinos, lions, buffalo, leopards and more than 80 other species of mammals and 380 species of birds. The students were guided by a team of highly qualified Educational Officers and observed the environment close up during hikes, camping trips and wildlife observations. They also shared each other's cultural heritage through group discussions, traditional songs, dances and theatrical wedding ceremonies.

One of the young delegates, S. Harini, said, “This programme has been a very enriching and fulfilling experience for me. I have received more than what I had expected. I met people from different cultures; saw different types of cultural presentations as well. I am thankful to Cathay Pacific for providing me with such a rare and unique opportunity.”

Rupal, the other delegate from Mumbai said, “This trip was truly a rewarding experience. I have made such close friends from all over the world and learnt so much from their different cultures. The activities were simple, but they always conveyed a lot. No matter what profession I take up, I know that I will always be a conservationist at heart and will carry forward everything that I learnt from this programme.”

Cathay Pacific launched the International Wilderness Experience Programme in 1994. Since then, more than 400 students have taken part in the programme. This year, students have been selected from Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, New Zealand, Bangkok, Mumbai, Delhi, Manila, Cebu, Saigon, Kuala Lumpa, Seoul, Jakarta, Vietnam, Tokyo, Osaka, and South Africa.

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