IGCSE narrative essay | 2010 Oct-Nov | You see an advertisement in a local newspaper which says:


You are advised to write between 350 and 500 words on the following topic:

You see an advertisement in a local newspaper which says: ‘Are you brave and adventurous? Then telephone this number and change your life.’ Start the story with the phone call you make.

Model Essay

I dialed the number printed boldly in the advertisement, my heart racing with a mix of excitement and curiosity. The phone rang twice before a deep voice answered on the other end.

“Hello, you’ve reached Adventure Seekers,” the voice said warmly.

“Hi, um… I saw your advertisement in the newspaper,” I stammered slightly, unsure of what to expect.

“Ah, wonderful! You must be brave and adventurous, then,” the voice replied, sounding encouraging. “Tell me, what kind of adventure are you seeking?”

I hesitated for a moment, gathering my thoughts. “I… I’m not entirely sure. I just know I want something different, something exciting,” I finally managed to say.

“Excellent! We specialize in providing unique experiences that will change your life. How about we start with a simple question: What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to do but never had the chance to?”

I paused, reflecting on the question. There were so many things I had dreamt of doing—travelling to exotic places, learning new skills, meeting interesting people. But one thing stood out in my mind.

“I’ve always wanted to explore the Amazon rainforest,” I blurted out before I could second-guess myself.

“Ah, the Amazon! A fantastic choice,” the voice replied enthusiastically. “We have just the adventure for you. How do you feel about embarking on a guided expedition deep into the heart of the Amazon? You’ll encounter wildlife, learn survival skills, and immerse yourself in the culture of indigenous tribes.”

My heart leaped at the thought. It sounded like the adventure of a lifetime, exactly what I needed to break free from the monotony of everyday life.


“When does it start?” I asked eagerly, barely able to contain my excitement.

“We have a group departing next month. It’s a ten-day expedition, all-inclusive. We’ll send you the details and itinerary shortly,” the voice explained.

I nodded enthusiastically, my mind racing with possibilities. “Count me in! This is exactly what I’ve been looking for.”

“Great! We’ll email you all the necessary information. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime,” the voice said warmly before ending the call.

I hung up the phone, a rush of adrenaline coursing through my veins. I couldn’t believe I had taken the first step towards fulfilling my dream of adventure. Already, I could picture myself trekking through dense jungles, listening to the calls of exotic birds, and learning from knowledgeable guides about the secrets of the rainforest.

Over the next few weeks, I eagerly prepared for the journey ahead. I read books about the Amazon, packed essential gear, and mentally prepared myself for the challenges that lay ahead. Each day brought me closer to the departure date, and my anticipation only grew stronger.

Finally, the day of departure arrived. I stood at the airport, my backpack slung over my shoulder, ready to embark on my adventure. As I boarded the plane bound for the Amazon, I couldn’t help but smile. I had answered the call for adventure, and I knew that this journey would indeed change my life forever.

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