In America, we take being able to travel to school for granted. We might consider an hour long bus ride an unbearable commute. However, in other parts of the world, receiving an education is hard for some children — and traveling to receive that education is even harder.
The students who attend the RCLP School in Nongsohphan Village, Meghalaya, India take a bridge made with the roots of a rubber tree. Because Meghalaya is one of the wettest places in the world, wooden structures rot away quickly, so instead the roots of the rubber tree are trained to "grow" bridges.
Children who live in the rain forest 40 miles southeast of Bogota travel to school on steel cables. The cables are strung above the Rio Negro and connect one side of the valley to the other. Kids travel at speeds that can reach 50 miles an hour, and the trip takes 60 seconds.
Children here climb unsecured wooden ladders. There are no safety precautions, and children as young as five scale the ladders in order to get to their school, as there are no other ways for children to reach their destination.
Students traveling from the Batu Busuk village in Indonesia turn into acrobats when they walk across a tightrope to get to school. The tightrope sits 30 feet above a river, and once they have shimmied across it, they have to walk seven more miles until they reach their school.
Children in Sanghian Tanjuang have to cross theCiberang River via a broken suspension bridge. An alternate route is just 30 minutes out of the way, but parents and students will cross the broken bridge to save time.
Pupils at the boarding school located in Pili travel 125 miles to get to and from school. Their two-day journey takes them through four freezing rivers, across a 650 ft. chain bridge and four single-plank bridges in theXinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.