Planning and Preparation
Good preparation is the key to a successful expedition, and we give you practical support in this all the way
Your dedicated World Challenge Team
Regional Managers – oversee the smooth running of your expedition.
Programme Leaders – run team meetings in school and ensure Challengers are fully prepared.
School Support Coordinators – the main point of contact for teachers.
Expedition Leaders – we hire the best in the industry to accompany you on your trip.
How does the Planning and Preparation phase work?
We believe that preparing for your World Challenge expedition is as important as the expedition itself, teaching students life skills such as teamwork and money management and increasing fitness. Our expert staff are here to support you from the minute you sign up until the day when you return from your trip with a life-changing sense of achievement.
We run a series of face-to-face meetings and events to keep everyone up to speed with expedition preparations:
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 and address any concerns so they feel confident about it. The meeting also covers generic skills such as budgeting, nutrition and setting up tents.
(3wk+ expeditions only)
This is a camping experience for Challengers that encourages team bonding and develops the essential practical skills for expedition life and youth work abroad. Run by our team of experienced instructors, it covers risk management, hygiene, safety scenarios, cooking, and camp craft.
(2wk and less expeditions only)
An interactive and informative workshop run by the Programme Leader to provide Challengers with practical advice and expedition skills, covering fundraising, equipment, health & hygiene, security and destination-related topics. It’s a great opportunity for the team to get to know each other and start working together.
Meet the Leader
Parents and guardians meet staff from the school and World Challenge who are set to go with the team on their expedition, and hear all about the preparations. It’s also a chance for the team to spend some time getting 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)
This is a one-day event for School Leaders, Expedition Leaders and assistants to learn more about your expedition destination, The World Challenge Operations Room, emergency procedures and scenario sessions to prepare you 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. It’s a great chance to chat to fellow school staff on the expedition and to meet your key contacts at World Challenge.
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.