Educational School Expeditions

Education through exploration

World Challenge is the leading provider of life-changing school expeditions. Over 28 years' of organising student trips abroad gives us the global reach, vision and resources to create bespoke educational programmes, tailored to your team’s objectives. We provide 24-hr Operational Support to teams and our expertise and high standards are reflected in our prestigious accreditations.

World Challenge expeditions are designed to develop important life skills, helping students to:

  • Hone teamwork and leadership skills 
  • Gain confidence and self-esteem 
  • Become more globally aware 
  • Enhance employment prospects

Organising student expeditions to over 40 destinations around the world



Latin America

Continental Asia

Southeast Asia

Expedition phases

Our school expeditions are arranged around five distinct phases. Planning & Preparation is student-led, from fundraising to fitness training and itinerary planning.

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During the Acclimatisation phase, Challengers get to grips with their new environment with an introductory trek or practical task. They must draw on their physical resources and work as a team during the Trekking phase, reaching remote and beautiful locations. The rewarding Project phase involves community or conservation work with World Challenge partners on the ground. The Rest & Relaxation phase is a chance to unwind and enjoy cultural and adventure activities from visiting ancient temples to zip lining and white water rafting.

Project Independence

Project Independence is a stand-alone programme that allows young people to experience the life-changing benefits of a World Challenge expedition by signing up on an individual basis.

The programme offers the opportunity to go travelling with a group of like-minded students who want to become more globally aware, found life-long friendships and develop key life skills like confidence, teamwork and leadership.

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A whole world of possibilities

World Challenge – Operations Centre

Safety is our number one priority and we are dedicated to providing unrivalled operational support to all our expedition teams to ensure they have the trip of a lifetime.

World Challenge – Community Engagement

Community engagement is a vital part of a World Challenge expedition. Watch the video to find out how engaging with a local community can be extremely valuable to everyone concerned.

The World Challenge Programme – Clara's Journey

Follow Challenger Clara’s video journey, from fundraising to fitness, as she prepares for her life-changing World Challenge expedition to Ecuador in July 2016. #clarasjourney

Helping you along the way

Support around the clock

Our dedicated school support staff will see you through from sign up to departure and beyond.

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You are in safe hands…

World Challenge operates the most comprehensive safety and back-up procedures in the industry.

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World Challenge brochure

Download our brochure for more information on our school expeditions and safety policies.

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