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How Alastair Humphreys became an adventurer
Adventurer Alastair Humphreys was 'just an ordinary kid' but here explains that anything is possible once you 'think of your own adventures'. He loved riding his bike but had no real direction as a child, and didn’t feel clever at school. Then, one day, inspiration struck - and he decided to cycle round the world. As a young adult he saved up his money, got himself a bike called Beryl and left his parents' house for the big adventure. Four years later he was back, having experienced some extraordinary cultures, people and food – like roasted guinea pigs and mice! His message to the kid he once was, is: 'what adventures can you come up with?'First broadcast in the Learning Zone on BBC2 in September 2012 as part of the programme 'Spark'.
Alistair talks about feeling frightened and lonely as he was about to embark on his journey? Discuss: What propelled him to go and how have/ could you overcome nerves when faced with a new situation/ challenge?
Excellent potential for deepening geographical understanding. Activity: Pupils could plan their own route around the world or plot Alistair's route of 46,000 miles and 60 countries.
Question: What adventure would interest you? How could you start to plan this?
Alistair experienced lots of kindness on his journey. Discuss: Was this due to altruism/ community spirit? Have you seen/ experienced this type of community feeling? (Possible examples might be the Jubilee celebrations, Olympic values, working together in the community to improve a shared space.)
How could you contribute to your community or the school community? What different benefits would you gain from doing this?
This is part of a series of films profiling inspirational people and their personal 'sparks' – when they decided what they wanted to do in their lives.
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