How long have you been working with World Challenge?
Since 2008; 7 years.
What is your role and what duties are involved?
I am involved in planning and organising treks, projects in Uttarakhand and also arrange transport and accommodation in-country.
Why do you enjoy working with World Challenge?
It gives me great pleasure to be able to share my knowledge of the great outdoors with the Challengers, as the younger generations are the custodians and guardians of our wilderness and environment and they will definitely help to protect this heritage for the future.
Expeditions and projects (organised by World Challenge) are an integral part of young people as it helps them to develop leadership skills, planning and organising, interacting with diverse cultures, helping and understanding local communities, working as a team, and eventually understanding themselves better.
Why do Challengers enjoy going to India?
India has such diverse cultures, terrain, weather conditions and it provides a great challenge for teams. They are taken aback with how simple the lifestyles are of most people they meet here, and the warmth that they experience from people that they interact with.
They are also amazed to see how this country actually functions with the large number of people everywhere! Our wilderness regions are still unspoilt and there is diverse flora and fauna.
What’s the best part of your job?
It is as much of a challenge for us, as it is for the Challengers! For me the outdoors has always been a passion since I was in school, and it’s very rewarding to be able to share what I have learnt over the years of travels, exploration and interaction with local communities with the Challengers.
Do you see a change in Challengers from when they arrive in country and when they leave and why?
Yes initially the Challengers are a bit reserved in terms of their interaction levels with people, as well as the roles that they need to undertake. However, you do see a change in them once they are able to interact with local communities; they certainly get more confident with their organisational and leadership skills, as well as start working better as a team.