What do you think the outcomes are for students embarking on a World Challenge expedition?
I would hope that it teaches them that the experiences that make us the happiest and are the most rewarding are often the ones that are the hardest to achieve.
Why is travel to the developing world so important?
It’s a huge learning experience to see how resilient people are in the face of adversity in developing countries and it always makes Challengers appreciate what they have at home.
How do you ensure that there is a balance between challenge and safety for Challengers?
I involve the Challengers right from the beginning of the expedition by getting them to do dynamic risk assessments as we go. This way we talk through where we consider risks to be and they start doing it without thinking about it.
How important is it that students prepare physically prior to expedition?
Vital. They will enjoy the expedition far more if they do some training beforehand. I also believe it to be part of the challenge. It can be incorporated into their fundraising as well. I had one Challenger who walked to school all year carrying her rucksack and lost five kilos in weight and got sponsored to do it.
If they can improve their fitness and stamina prior to the expedition they will have a more enjoyable and safer trip as they will be less likely to get sick and a better chance of achieving any goals that they set themselves.
What is personally most important to you while on expedition with the Challengers?
First and foremost that they have a safe but fun expedition, but also that they all get involved and participate as much as possible. I hate to see them waste opportunities while on expedition.
What sums up a successful expedition to you?
That the Challengers all go home in one piece after having a fantastic life-changing experience.