FindingLife 2011 – The Cho Oyu Challenge

In September 2011, the FindingLife Team is embarking on a new adventure. This time they will be climbing Cho Oyu, the Turquoise Goddess of the Himalayas. We invite schools from around the globe to follow this expedition and to participate by choosing your own challenge to overcome.
The overall expedition is a challenge in itself but Elia and the team will also be facing some mental, emotional and physical challenges of varying scales throughout the expedition. We want you to join the FindingLife team in overcoming challenges.

  • We challenge YOU to take on a personal challenge for the duration of this expedition. (ex. learn a new skill, break a bad habit, overcome a fear, do one nice thing for someone every day, etc.) Information on Goal Setting can be found at HERE.
  • We challenge YOUR SCHOOL/CLASS to choose a challenge. (ex. Reduce waste by increasing recycle within the school, to increase the number of hours everyone is physically active, to organize a volleyball tournament for your neighbouring school, to start a welcoming committee for new members of your community, etc.)
  • We challenge YOU to challenge TWO OTHER SCHOOLS. Tell them about the challenges you have chosen for your class/school and invite them to participate in the FindingLife Cho Oyu Challenge with you. Invite them to join in on your challenge or come up with one of their own. Help each other to achieve your goals!

It won’t be easy! We encourage you to set goals, create an action plan, persevere through adversity and achieve your goal (or be on your way to achieving it!).
There are many other ways to be involved. Check the links below for other ways to incorporate the FindingLife 2011 Cho Oyu Challenge into your school.

Follow the expedition:

  • Watch the webisodes posted along the journey and hear about the challenges and triumphs that the team experiences. Click HERE.
  • Learn more about the Expedition itself. Check out information on the mountain, the itinerary and the EPIC Tracker. Click HERE. (I don't know where these will be, include the summary you sent to me here)
  • Want to learn more about the challenges that other’s are facing? The FindingLife team will post vignettes (a short video clip about an individual) of the people they meet on their journey. Click HERE.

In your classroom:

  • Create a scrapbook or adventure book that tracks your progress throughout your challenge. The FindingLife team will post reflective questions several times a week via our Twitter account (insert account here, create new?) to help you achieve your goals and overcome obstacles. Click HERE to see some examples of previous scrapbooks.
  • Curious about what Elia is seeing, doing or experiencing? Post a written question on (Click HERE) or submit a video question to and we will post it online. Elia will check out your questions and respond via video on our site.
  • Create online storybooks about a challenge that you encountered, or Elia encountered or use your creative writing skills to create something unique! Join us on Sotrybird! Teachers can set up a class and add their students. Make sure to share your stories with us at FindingLife!
  • Set up Skype conferences with the schools that you have challenged – check in and see if they are reaching their goal. Give them some encouragement and let them know how you are doing on your challenge.
  • Read about other people's challenges and adventures in the books on our reading list. (Will be linked to a PDF of our reading list)