School Expeditions

Project Phase

Give back to your host country by working on community projects that enrich the local area

The project phase of an expedition is typically 5-7 days spent working alongside a local community or on a conservation project. Each destination has its own range of projects, but all offer the chance to contribute something meaningful back to a local area through youth work abroad. Many school community projects are based in rural and remote areas where Challengers live and interact with local people. Teams become familiar with the community and are immersed in daily life and traditions, offering an unrivalled cultural experience. 

How does the project phase work?

The project phase is often cited by Challengers as the time that had the deepest impact on them. It is a truly unique opportunity for students to immerse and embed themselves within a local culture and community. The more proactive the teams are, the more they gain from the experience. 

Your students decide:

  • The type of project work they would like to complete
  • Whether they want to extend the typical duration of a project phase
  • If they have a specific skill set that may be of use

Typical project duration: 5 - 7 days

At World Challenge, we champion long-term commitments to the community to create a sustainable project site and an effective dialogue with the people we work alongside. Efforts are about collaboration, not simply a donation. The expedition team work alongside local people to make a meaningful contribution to the needs of a community or area. Teams typically stay for between 5-7 days on site during community or school projects abroad. They work on a specific task as well as a number of soft-skill initiatives like teaching, sports, reading programmes and playing games with children.

Types of project work

Generally, the types of project work fall into two categories:

Community based

Typical manual labour tasks: renovating school facilities; building additional school classrooms, teacher housing, dormitories or toilet blocks; establishing a clean water supply; designing playgrounds; planting vegetable gardens; mending or putting up fencing; building traditional housing for vulnerable members of a community.


Typical tasks: working alongside rangers to build camps to launch anti-poaching patrols; carrying out maintenance on pathways, signage and facilities; turtle egg beach patrols; tree planting and reforestation; monitoring whale, shark and marine wildlife populations. 

If you would like to make the project the focus of your expedition, we have a number of established projects where you can spend an extended duration of one to two weeks. Here you contribute to a longer-term objective and have the chance to properly settle into daily life with a community. 
Our project destinations: Ghana, UgandaMozambique, Peru, Sri Lanka.

Mwandi Mud Hut project, Zambia, Africa

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Turtle patrols, Malaysia, South East Asia

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Building classrooms, Mozambique, Africa

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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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