A group of Birmingham school pupils are heading for an adventure of a lifetime in one of the world’s most remote rainforests.
A 23-strong group of students from King Edward’s School in Edgbaston will be taking part in an expedition in South America.
The boys will be travelling to the Iwokrama Forest, a tropical rainforest in central Guyana, to join academics and volunteers for an environmental study to help endangered species.
The rainforest is also known as the “lost land of the jaguar” – and Midlands car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has fittingly pledged £3,000 funding to the project.
The funding has been used to pay for equipment for people living in the village of Surama, where the students will be based, to help them monitor changes to their habitat.
The youngsters will also be learning jungle survival skills during the two-week trip, including navigation and trekking skills and how to spot potential danger from animals and diseases.
King Edward’s School biology teacher Stan Lampard said: “This is no ordinary school trip, nor eco-tourist adventure.
“This expedition promises to be bring everything our 23 volunteers have learned in lessons to life through hands-on research, working alongside scientists in one of the most remote and exciting rainforests in the world.
“The team is so grateful for the generous support of Jaguar Land Rover, which has enabled us to buy many items of basic research equipment for the local people from Surama village.”
King Edward’s pupils will be the first school in the UK to take part in the project, which has been organised by conservation group Operation Wallacea.
The programme aims to reduce emissions from deforestation, and the boys will start setting off for their trip on Tuesday.
JLR community relations officer April Wickens said: “We are delighted to offer support for this project, particularly to the local community in Surama, enabling them to build a sustainable future for their area and the surrounding rainforest.
“We are also keen to help preserve jaguars in the wild.”