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Gain while you give by being part of mutually enriching community work.

The project phase of an expedition is typically 5-7 days spent volunteering alongside a local community or on a conservation project.

Each destination has its own range of projects, but all offer an opportunity to contribute meaningfully to a local area through valuable community based or conservation work. Many project sites are based in rural and remote areas where Challengers are given the opportunity to live and interact with the locals. Teams become familiar with the community and are immersed in daily life and traditions, offering an unrivalled cultural experience.

HOW DOES THE PROJECT PHASE WORK?

The project phase is often cited by Challengers as the time that had the deepest impact on them. It is a truly unique opportunity for students to immerse and embed themselves within a local culture and community. The more proactive the teams are, the more they gain from the experience.

Your students decide:

  • The type of project work they would like to complete
  • Whether they want to extend the typical duration of a project phase
  • If they have a specific skill set that may be of use

Typical project duration: 5 – 7 days

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A SUSTAINABLE, COLLABORATIVE EFFORT

At World Challenge, we champion long-term commitments to the community to create a sustainable student volunteering site and an effective dialogue with the people and communities we work alongside. Our efforts are about collaboration, not simply a donation. The expedition team work alongside local people to make a meaningful contribution to the needs of a community or area. Teams typically stay for between 5-7 days on site during community or school projects abroad. The service learning includes work on a specific task as well as a number of soft-skill initiatives like teaching, sports, reading programs and playing games with children.

TYPES OF PROJECT WORK

Generally, the types of project work fall into two categories:

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Community Based

Typical manual labour tasks: renovating school facilities; building additional school classrooms, teacher housing, dormitories or toilet blocks; establishing a clean water supply; designing playgrounds; planting vegetable gardens; fence construction; building housing for vulnerable members of a community.

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Conservation

Typical volunteering includes working alongside rangers to build camps to launch anti-poaching patrols; carrying out maintenance on pathways, signage and facilities; turtle egg beach patrols; tree planting and reforestation; monitoring whale, shark and marine wildlife populations.

PAST PROJECTS

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Sri Lanka

Service learning projects in Sri Lanka are generally based at schools  and teams will often be contributing to on-going project sites working on renovating classrooms and buildings, building playground and vegetable gardens and interacting with the children.

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Costa Rica

Ostional is the only area of Costa Rica where turtles come to lay their eggs all year round. In fact, once a month literally thousands of female turtles make so many nests that teams need to be constantly on patrol.

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Laos

Working with the Lao Project Group (LPG), most projects are based in the north of Laos. Teams work on projects that deal with providing access to running water, sanitation facilities and improving education facilities.

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WE ARE ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING STUDENT EXPEDITION COMPANIES

  • Over 25 years’ experience of creating school expeditions
  • Dedicated regional support for teachers throughout planning and build up
  • Unparalleled safety and support throughout the expedition
  • Knowledgeable, experienced and highly trained Expedition Leaders
Why choose World Challenge?

Get in touch with one of our consultants to start planning your overseas school expedition today!

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