School Expeditions

Rest & Relaxation Phase

Chill out with some downtime and enjoy unmissable adventures and cultural activities 

This phase is designed to let the team unwind and enjoy cultural and adventure activities. Depending on your destination, you could go white water rafting, zip lining in the forest canopy or go snorkelling among exotic marine life. Low-key activities could include relaxing on a beach or exploring the museums of a capital city. Every destination has some form of local market for souvenir hunting, so there is always an excuse to shop! 

How does the R&R phase work?

Typically, this phase falls at the end of your itinerary, allowing you to reflect on the achievements of the expedition during some downtime. However, a lot of destinations have so many potential activities spread across the country that you may find there are options to intersperse your itinerary with a few bits of R&R. Safety is paramount, so for all of our technical activities we have audited and approved suppliers and we are confident to put you in their hands.

Types of R&R activities

Some teams enjoy visiting local museums and galleries, chilling out at the beach or sampling local delicacies, but for those who want a bit more action, check out some of our most popular rest and relaxation options:

White water rafting

White water rafting is very popular with our teams and it's obvious why! The thrilling adrenaline buzz you get as you battle with everything the raging river throws at you makes this an expedition highlight for many Challengers. 

Horse riding

In Kyrgyzstan people believe that spending time with horses can take away negative energy, replacing it with a sought-after positive mood. Walk through valleys, beaches and jungles and visit ancient sites on horseback.

Scuba diving and snorkelling

Dive in some of the most beautiful reefs on the planet or go snorkelling with whale sharks in Mozambique. The silent and beautiful underwater environment really is a world away from life at home.

Wildlife-spotting on safari

Get up at first light for the chance to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s most elusive animals, from rhinos to lions, elephants and giraffes. Seeing them in their own domain on the vast African Savannah is a humbling experience.

Ancient ruins

Get a sense of the great civilisation that existed in your chosen destination hundreds of years ago. Visit the unmissable Mayan ruins in Mexico and Belize, Macchu Pichu in Peru, the plains of Bagan in Myanmar, or the spectacular Temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

R&R Highlights

Visit one of the most iconic sites in the world – the majestic Taj Mahal in India
A boat trip on Ha Long Bay in Vietnam
Dune sand boarding in Namibia
A fantastic experience! I'm really pleased to have had the opportunity to visit Mongolia. I thought there was a good mix of activities with appropriate time at each, though we did change a couple of things by a day or two, and I'm very pleased we did. I think the students also got a lot out of the experience.
School Leader ,THE HENLEY COLLEGE, Oxfordshire 
Mongolia 2013

Making sure students are well prepared and safe 

Our 24-hour Operations Centre is on hand around the clock to offer unrivalled support to all of our expedition teams. Every group is accompanied by a trained and experienced World Challenge Expedition Leader, who makes sure the expedition runs smoothly and safely, supported by one of our In-Country Agents – a local expert. 

All teams receive a World Challenge Fitness Assistance Pack, put together and verified by experts in the field. This includes guidance on how to get fit and exercise plans to fit your needs and timings. There’s also some compulsory testing that we use to identify any Challengers that may need a specific action plan.

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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