School Expeditions

How it Works

The story of your school expedition unfolds over time, and we support you through each exciting stage

A World Challenge expedition starts long before the date of departure, with planning, team building, fitness training and fundraising being important aspects of the preparations. The actual expedition is made up of four further phases: Acclimatisation, Trekking, Project and Rest & Relaxation. After your return, we like to come and see you and hear about your trials and triumphs on expedition and life lessons learned.

The World Challenge Programme – Clara's Journey

You can 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

Launch to Departure

Students raise funds for their school expedition through various activities and can take part in fundraising events organised by World Challenge. 
Fitness plan
Put together by experts, Your World Challenge Fitness Assistance Pack includes guidance on how to get fit, a timeline to plan fitness in the lead up to expedition, examples of exercises, a range of exercise plans and testing so you can feedback on the team’s fitness scores. 

18-30 Months

Choose your favourite destination
Chat to one of our experts to help you decide where to go. Regional Managers are happy to visit your school and discuss things in more detail with you.
Launch to Students and Parents (all expeditions)
You will be provided with a Launch Pack giving you all the resources you need to launch your expedition. Your Regional Manager will come in to the school and run a parents' evening to recruit your team.
Confirm team numbers
Students apply online with parental consent so as School Leader, you don’t have to collect any forms or payment, and can select the team online. Students and teachers can log on to the My World Challenge portal, to access regularly updated information on preparation, destination information, inoculation advice, team lists, fundraising support and much more.


15-18 Months

Launch Meeting (3wk+ expeditions only)
The team is formed and introduced to their dedicated Programme Leader, who introduces Challengers to the expedition programme and the support we offer. The team can discuss fundraising ideas, set objectives and get some insight into their destination.

12-15 Months

Itinerary Planning Meeting (3wk+ expeditions only)

A Programme Leader meets Challengers to pin down the perfect itinerary. Choose from a range pre-crafted by our experts, or build your own bespoke expedition to fit your team’s objectives. The meeting is also aimed at motivating and inspiring the team, gathering planning information, setting expectations, looking at fundraising and ensuring everyone understands what happens in the lead-up to departure. Parents are invited for an update at the end of the meeting.

08-12 Months

Expedition Skills Meeting (3wk+ expeditions only)

The team, teachers and Programme Leader meet to plan the schedule for the upcoming Training Expedition.

Training Expedition (3wk+ expeditions only)

This is a camping experience for Challengers that encourages team bonding and develops the essential practical skills for expedition life. It covers risk management, hygiene, safety scenarios, cooking, and camp craft. Watch Clara's Training Expedition vlog for more information.

Expedition Workshop (2wk and less expeditions only)

This is run by the Programme Leader to provide Challengers with some practical advice and expedition skills. It covers topics such as fundraising, team equipment, health and hygiene, security and destination-related topics.

03-06 Months

Parents' Information Evening/Meet the Leader (all expeditions)
Parents and guardians meet staff from the school and World Challenge who are set to go on the expedition, and hear all about their preparations. The team can get to know the Expedition Leader, and have any questions answered.
Expedition Planning Conference (all expeditions)
School Leaders, Expedition Leaders and assistants meet and learn more about the expedition destination, The World Challenge Operations Centre, emergency procedures and scenario sessions to prepare for the adventure ahead. 


Build-up Day (all expeditions)
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.
Day of departure
Travel to the airport with your team and set off for the adventure of a lifetime.



Enjoy a rich experience overseas through the challenges and rewards of four distinct phases: acclimatisation, trekking, project, and rest & relaxation.*

Post Expedition

Return from your life-changing World Challenge
A member of our team meets you at the airport to welcome you home and collect your kit.
Expedition Review Visit (all expeditions)
Your Regional Manager (who signed you up for your expedition!) will come to your school to meet with the School Leader and hear all about how the expedition went. 
Why not take stock of your memories and enter your best expedition photo in the World Challenge annual Photo Competition? There’s a chance to win cash prizes and have your photo featured in the World Challenge calendar.
*Apart from Acclimatisation, the order of the phases will depend on your chosen destination and itinerary. 

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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