India South expeditions

India South at a glance

Population: 1.3 billion

Terrain: Tea and spice plantations, hills

Get in touch to find out more about expeditions to India South.

Pre-departure

Booking phase

Choose your favourite destination

Chat to one of our experts to help you decide where to go. Regional Managers are happy to visit your school and discuss things in more detail with you.

Launch to Students and Parents (all expeditions)

You will be provided with a Launch Pack giving you all the resources you need to launch your expedition. Your Regional Manager will come in to the school and run a parents' evening to recruit your team.

18-30 months before departure

Confirm team numbers

Students apply online with parental consent so as School Leader, you don’t have to collect any forms or payment, and can select the team online. Students and teachers can log on to the My World Challenge portal, to access regularly updated information on preparation, destination information, inoculation advice, team lists, fundraising support and much more.

Fundraising

Students raise funds for their expedition through various activities and can take part in fundraising events organised by World Challenge. These include sponsored runs, abseils and mud runs. All our events are open for individual participation and teams.

15-18 months before departure

Launch Meeting (3wk+ expeditions only)

The team is formed and introduced to their dedicated Programme Leader, who introduces Challengers to the expedition programme and the support we offer. The team can discuss fundraising ideas, set objectives and get some insight into their destination.

Fitness plan

Put together by experts, your World Challenge Fitness Assistance Pack includes guidance on how to get fit, a timeline to plan fitness in the lead-up to expedition, examples of exercises and a range of exercise plans. There’s also some compulsory testing so you can feedback on the team’s fitness scores. We use this to identify any Challengers that may need a specific action plan. The Pack is sent to all travelling teachers once the expedition is launched.

 

12-15 months before departure

Itinerary Planning Meeting (3wk+ expeditions only)

A Programme Leader meets Challengers to pin down the perfect itinerary. Choose from a range pre-crafted by our experts, or build your own bespoke expedition to fit your team’s objectives. The meeting is also aimed at motivating and inspiring the team, gathering planning information, setting expectations, looking at fundraising and ensuring everyone understands what happens in the lead-up to departure. Parents are invited for an update at the end of the meeting.

08-12 months before departure

Expedition Skills Meeting (3wk+ expeditions only) 

The team, teachers and Programme Leader meet to plan the menu for the upcoming Training Expedition, prepare students for the activities they will participate in, and address any questions or concerns they may have about it. The meeting also covers generic skills such as budgeting, nutrition and setting up tents.

Training Expedition (3wk+ expeditions only)

This is a camping experience for Challengers that encourages team bonding and develops the essential practical skills for expedition life. Run by our team of experienced instructors, it covers risk management, hygiene, safety scenarios, cooking, and camp craft.

Expedition Workshop (2wk and less expeditions only)

This interactive and informative workshop is run by a Programme Leader to provide Challengers with some practical advice and expedition skills. It covers topics such as fundraising, team equipment, health and hygiene, security and destination-related topics. It’s another great opportunity for the team to get to know each other and start working together.

03-06 months before departure

Parents' Information Evening/Meet the Leader (all expeditions)

Parents and guardians meet staff from the school and World Challenge who are set to go on the expedition, and hear all about their preparations. The team can get to know the Expedition Leader, review their achievements so far and discuss their hopes and expectations for the trip. A Programme Leader covers issues such as safety, back up and administration and answers any questions.

Expedition Planning Conference (all expeditions)

School Leaders, Expedition Leaders and assistants meet and learn more about the expedition destination, The World Challenge Operations Centre, emergency procedures and scenario sessions to prepare for the adventure ahead. It combines a series of key lectures and interactive workshops with an update on medical issues and the World Challenge medical kit.

Day before or day of departure

Build-up day (all expeditions)

This is run by the Expedition Leader just before departure to ensure the team are all prepared. It is compulsory for everyone who’s going on the expedition, including teachers. The team does a full kit, equipment and documentation check. The leader goes over a number of key safety messages and discusses team rules and roles for the first phase of the trip.

Day of departure

Expedition departure

Travel to the airport with your team and set off for the adventure of a lifetime.

As you journey through Southern India, the sights, sounds and smells will be a feast for the senses, but above all the welcome from those you meet will live with you for ever.
Laura, our India Expedition Planning Manager

Speak to us about an

expedition for your students

Tea and spice plantations, hills