Something exciting will begin on January 28! That is when the Trekking the Planet adventure begins. We will be able to follow Darren and Sandy Van Soye as they travel around the world on a 424-day journey across six continents. They are hoping to raise geography awareness and arouse curiosity about the world, especially for K-12 students. I am one of the teachers who have signed up to receive updates and geography modules from the Van Soyes as they begin their incredible journey.
What made them decide to embark on such a long trip that has taken them many months to plan? Check out this video to discover how the seeds were planted for the trek.
Their special treks will include:
- a 50 mile hike on the island of Tasmania, off the coast of Australia, where they will hike through a national forest
- the country of Laos in Southeast Asia where they will live among the villagers to learn of their everyday lives including the lives of school children
- Nepal in the Himalayas
- Central Asia - Uzbekistan
- In Europe, Sweden and the Arctic Circle
- Slovenia and the Julian Alps
- In Africa, Mali and the cliff-dwellilng Dogon people
- the national forest in Ethiopia
- In the Middle East, Jordan and the city of Petra
- In South America, Brazil and the Amazon rainforest
- Argentina and the region of Patagonia
- Chile and the Atacama Desert.
The blue lines on the map indicate their travel by ship, the green lines by air, and the red lines indicate local ground transportation. They want to travel whenever possible just as the native people of the region travel in order to minimize their carbon footprint.
There are also four preparatory videos that give background on the journey. They are:
The last video tells of the resources they will make available to teachers to use with their classes, including geography modules that will cover history, cities, ethnic groups, government, language, customs, transportation, nature and environment, land topography, rivers, oceans, climate, vegetation, animals, ecosystems. If your class would like to receive the updates and the geography modules, be sure to register.