A group of enterprising students from the county have realised their dreams as they take on an adventure to South Africa.
The Bedlingtonshire Community High School pupils, who have spent the past 12 months fundraising for the trip, have flown to Johannesburg where they will participate in a three-week expedition.
The trip will see the students support a water supply in a local Zulu village, go trekking in the Drakensberg mountains and learn about how local authorities are trying to stop the declining numbers of poachers hunting Rhino.
Trip organiser, assistant headteacher Will Close-Ash, said: “The group are due back in the north east at the end of July and we are looking forward to hearing about their experiences.
“We have an active programme of cultural visits and we know our students are going to make a big difference.”