A GROUP of students has begun preparations for the adventure of a lifetime this summer.

Teesdale teenagers Charlotte McAllister, Elizabeth Clouston, Dan Milne and Jacob Bradford-Parker will be bound for Borneo where they will spend four weeks working on a number of voluntary projects.

However, before setting off, the Barnard Castle School pupils must raise £18,000 to cover the costs of the trip and those of design technology teacher Phil Oakley, who will accompany them.

The four 15-year-olds have already started fundraising and a major concert by A Military Wives Choir – featuring Charlotte's mum, Sarah, among the singers - is planned at the Bowes Museum in early March.

Other fundraising activities have included a Christmas raffle and a lecture by acclaimed mountaineer Alan Hinkes.

Details of the expedition were outlined by officials from organisers Camps International during a special school assembly.

Elizabeth said: “They had a few things on offer, but this really grabbed my attention because it involves volunteering and helping the people.”

Dan added: “We will be doing loads of different stuff, from digging irrigation ditches to teaching English.”

He said the group would also be taking aqua-filters with them, supplied by Barnard Castle Rotary Club.

Charlotte added: “It will be a completely new experience for all of us – we have no idea what to expect until we get there.

“We are finding out buts and pieces about the country – and there are loads of injections which we are in the middle of taking.”

There will be two performances by A Military Wives Choir at The Bowes Museum on March 2, a matinee at 2.30pm and an evening concert at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £20 and young musicians from Barnard Castle School will also take part.

In addition, afternoon teas and pre-bookable dinners will also be available.

Tickets for the concert are available from Barnard Castle School, on 01833-690222.

Anyone interested in the pre-concert dinner should book in advance. Contact The Bowes Museum on 01833-690606.