Benefits of an Expedition
Employability and life skills
Teamwork is the key to success on every World Challenge expedition. Knowing your team well and having an awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of others means that you can accomplish more together.
An important part of your expedition is taking responsibility for and leading your team, which you all get the opportunity to do, before and during the expedition. Becoming more comfortable in a leader role has positive implications for your chosen career.
The nature of travel in developing countries means that expeditions often don’t go exactly according to plan. Problems such as illness, poor accommodation, river crossings, eating difficulties and different expectations all impact on the team. Dealing with and surmounting these difficulties is a valuable experience that enhances life skills.
Learning outside the classroom
Reflection and reviewing
As a team, you are likely to sometimes face stressful and challenging situations, but also amazing ones too. We present opportunities to reflect and review throughout the expedition, which are vital in order to think about the experiences in ways that enhance their value. These skills can also be of great benefit in the future.
Ongoing personal development
Most students return from their expedition feeling much more confident and mature as a result of the way they coped with the demands of the expedition. We encourage you to think about how you can maintain and build on your achievements.
Health and Wellbeing
Fitness is the responsibility of every member of the team. It establishes a base level throughout the team in order to ensure enjoyment for all participants. Increasing personal fitness brings a sense of fulfilment that you won’t want to let go of.
The sponsored Challenger runs, abseils, Pathfinder Challenge, and Extreme and Colour Run events are a fantastic way to raise funds to help finance your expedition. They are also great fun and a brilliant way to get to know team members better.
The team's ability to cope with challenging environments and situations is, in many ways, linked to the food bought and prepared. Real life learning about nutrition in this way can change your attitude to the food you eat after you return home.
Health and hygiene
On expedition, it is essential that all Challengers are aware of the need for a heightened attention to hygiene at all times, and are able to look out for the early warning signs of negative changes to health. These good hygiene habits can enhance quality of life back home.
ASDAN Universities Award (UA) [partners and accreditation]
Learners can achieve personal and social development through the highly recognised ASDAN awards and qualifications.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE)
We are an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) for the DofE, which allows Challengers to accredit their expedition towards a Gold DofE Award. A number of World Challenge outdoor expeditions have been approved by the DofE for this purpose, so you can be sure the expedition programme ticks all the 20 conditions specified by their expedition section. Please contact us for more information
Video, blogging and journal entries
By being creative and using the correct medium you can communicate effectively with all your audiences whether that’s corporate sponsors, friends and family or your own team.
Being able to plan and deliver presentations is an invaluable skill that you can use going forward. You learn to understand your chosen topic better, and how to engage an audience.
Money management programme
Raising the money for your expedition yourself helps you gain a better understanding of managing money and budgeting. We help you break down your fundraising efforts into more manageable targets, showing how even large financial projects are achievable with organisation. Before you depart on your expedition you will be skilled in the art of money management which will greatly help you keep to budget on your expedition.
Understanding the budget and how you can get the most from it is a key learning point of the expedition programme and a highly transferable skill.
To help you understand the physical, political and religious environment of your expedition, we encourage you to research your destination. This goes a long way to helping you to communicate and interact better with all of your contacts once you arrive in country.
Introduction to local languages
To be able to speak a few words in the local language adds a new dimension to the expedition, increasing your sense of engagement and developing your communication skills.
Most students feel more confident embarking on an expedition if they have some knowledge of its potential impact on the environment and a plan to lessen that impact. This changes the way they think about the world’s resources after the expedition.
We encourage you to think about what you want to get out of the trekking experience and how you can minimise your impact on your physical surroundings.
An important part of your expedition is to consider how you may use it as an opportunity to not only enhance your life experience, but to bring benefit to the communities and environment that you visit.