About World Challenge

Partners and Accreditation

Not only are we accredited by key industry bodies, we’re actively engaged with them – putting us at the forefront of good standards of practice.

Our expertise and high standards are reflected in our prestigious accreditations and key industry partners. World Challenge was the first, and remains one of the very few providers of school overseas expeditions to hold the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge and at the same time be externally assessed as compliant to BS8848, showing good safety practice. We remain actively engaged with the development of both standards, ensuring World Challenge is at the heart of ensuring quality and safety on overseas expeditions. 


British Safety Council International Safety Award 2015 (Distinction)

World Challenge holds an International Safety Award for 2015 with Distinction from the British Safety Council.
The International Safety Awards scheme is open to UK and international organisations of all sizes across all industries and seeks to promote high standards of health and safety management practice in order to prevent workplace injury and ill health.
The winning organisations span all sectors from the United Kingdom, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the West Indies.

Compliant with British Standard 8848

BS 8848 is the British Standard for organising and managing visits, fieldwork, expeditions, and adventurous activities outside the UK.
The planning processes, operating procedures and safety management systems of World Challenge are designed to ensure that all expeditions are compliant with BS 8848.

Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge

World Challenge holds a prestigious Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge, specifically designed for overseas expeditions. The nationally recognised badge is designed to bring together all existing safety and quality badges into one easily identifiable mark of high standards. It is only awarded after a rigorous external assessment, which assures our customers that we actually do what we say we do. 
To achieve the LOtC Quality Badge, World Challenge has shown that we meet six quality indicators:
1. Having a process in place to help users plan the learning experience effectively
2. Providing accurate information about our offer
3. Providing activities, experience or resources that meet learner needs
4. Reviewing the experience and acting on feedback
5. Meeting the needs of the users 
6. Having safety management systems in place to manage risk effectively

Expedition Providers’ Association

World Challenge is a full member of the EPA – a membership organisation for the overseas youth expedition sector, and the awarding body for the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) badge. This puts World Challenge at the heart of a network of industry professionals available for consultation on a wide range of issues in the field. As members we agree to abide by the EPA Code of Practice. Global Operations Director, Stuart Morris, is currently Vice Chair of the EPA and sits on its working party to review all industry operating practices through a revision of the EPA Standard.

ASDAN Registered Centre

We are a registered ASDAN moderating centre, offering both the ASDAN Universities Award and the potential for Challengers on longer expeditions to attain 70 UCAS points by achieving CoPE Level 3. We advise the team on what to put in their portfolio, provide access to relevant information online and also help moderate portfolios, taking the burden away from the School Leader.

Activity Provider for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

We are an Approved Activity Provider for The Award, 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 its expedition section.

Institute for Outdoor Learning

World Challenge is an organisational member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL), which encourages, supports and enhances good practice in the sector.
World Challenge is involved in IOL’s work representing and lobbying on behalf of members to ensure the development and progression of outdoor learning. 

AQA Baccalaureate 

The AQA Bacc is an exciting qualification that adds value to students' core A-level subjects through broader study, the Extended Project Qualification and enrichment activities. Some World Challenge pursuits are suitable for the enrichment element of the AQA Bacc. Students can demonstrate their academic abilities, commitment to a chosen field of study and skills such as teamwork, initiative, perseverance and leadership – all important for higher education and employment.


All World Challenge expeditions are fully bonded by ATOL – the Air Travel Organisers’ Licence, and IATA – the International Air Transport Association, ensuring good standards of practice and bringing customers financial protection against unforeseen events.


World Challenge is also licensed by the Commission for Aviation Regulation (TO232) which regulates certain aspects of the aviation and travel trade sectors in Ireland, including pricing and customer protection.

International SOS

World Challenge is partnered with International SOS who provide leading assistance in both medical and security advice. Through its worldwide network of assistance centres, clinics and health and logistics providers, International SOS offers local expertise, preventative advice, and emergency assistance during critical illness, accident or civil unrest. 
Together, our Operations Centre and International SOS will help to provide teams with round-the-clock medical and security support, including on-call medical advice and medical transfer and repatriation specialists.



Cosignal provides tracking and telemetry, geographical information and Operations Centre support systems for World Challenge.
When there's an incident, high quality, clear and timely information visualisation is key to making potentially life-saving decisions and managing risk.
Their software tracks the location of people and assets anywhere on earth. It coordinates incident information, corporate knowledge and standard operating procedures as part of a unified operational picture.
Cosignal’s professional services team is widely respected within the industry and provides a wide range of implementation, integration and consultancy services. They are an Iridium Partner and a Microsoft Partner.
Watch this video to see how Cosignal supports World Challenge.


Scottish manufacturer Vango has been providing World Challenge with bespoke expedition equipment (tents, Trangias, bio fuel and cargo bags) and product support for more than eight years. We agreed a new three-year global partnership with Vango in 2015, providing an exciting opportunity for both product and service development.

Cotswold Outdoor 

Cotswold Outdoor is our chosen clothing partner due to their excellent range of clothing and kit and most importantly the level of service they offer our participants. Cotswold Outdoor offers all World Challenge participants a 15% discount and if you need advice on personal equipment you can book a Cotswold Outdoor representative to come to your school and give an equipment talk to staff, students and parents. 

Lonely Planet

World Challenge customers are entitled to 25% off all Lonely Planet guides – we will ensure you get the most up-to-date guides for your destination.

World Challenge is partnered with easyfundraising.org.uk, giving Challengers a quick and easy way to raise money simply by shopping online. Registration is free and Challengers can shop with their favourite online retailers, like Amazon, eBay or Expedia (there are over 2,700 to choose from), via the easyfundraising.org.uk/worldchallenge page. Retailers give easyfundraising.org.uk a commission for driving sales to them, which is then turned into donations for your World Challenge expedition.

Why go on a school trip when you can go on a World Challenge?

"The structure of a World Challenge expedition is a winning formula. The way the students are engaged and involved from the outset gives them true ownership of their experience... It is an experience like no other!"
School Leader, DENBIGH SCHOOL, Tanzania (Mt Kilimanjaro) 2014
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