South Africa

World Challenge South Africa

World Challenge is the world’s leading school expeditions company. Our regional global offices are designed to give a localised and personal service to schools whilst drawing on global resources and industry leading safety standards.
World Challenge has 28 years' experience in educational expeditions and we introduced our concept to South Africa in 2012 with five schools travelling. In 2016 we had over 26 schools traveling to various destinations around the world and we have 36 schools signed up for 2017.

We now have a permanent team based in our office in Rosebank, Johannesburg as well as staff based in Cape Town and Durban who service schools across South Africa.

We offer a wide range of exciting destinations and durations to best suit your needs, from 1 to 2 week Adventure trips to Mozambique, Swaziland or Lesotho, to 2 to 4 week long haul destinations. These include trekking up Mount Kinabalu and visiting the orangutans of Borneo, Northern India's Taj Mahal, China and the jungles and beaches of Vietnam, Thailand or Cambodia.
For more information, please contact [email protected]


World Challenge South Africa Regional Office

Regus 4th Floor, The Firs

Cnr Cradock & Biermann Avenue



South Africa

Tel: +27 (0)11 759 4178

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Real Life Skills

When we say World Challenge sets people up for life, we mean it. Schools, universities and future employers all value the skills students learn from the programme: life skills that really count such as leadership, communication, problem solving and teamwork. No other provider offers the depth of learning outcomes delivered by our personal development syllabus, encouraging successful learners, confident individuals, responsible global citizens and effective contributors, all without increasing teachers' workload in any way.
For students – or Challengers, as we call them – it’s an amazing journey of self-discovery that begins long before stepping foot on a plane. Challengers form teams and work together leading up to the expedition to plan their itinerary and establish goals. From the degree of physical challenge, to giving back through community projects, students are encouraged to take ownership of the whole experience. By taking charge of their own expedition, under the supportive guise of the World Challenge Leader, students gain leadership skills, become more resilient, and emerge with a new perspective on the world and their place in it.


Community Service Hours
Part of the South Africa curriculum and the metric portfolio required to complete a number of verifiable community service hours. World Challenge will provide a certificate of proof and card for this work on request. Our expeditions tend to average around 30 hours.
The Presidents Award
World Challenge works closely with the Presidents Award Co-ordinators from the various provinces in South Africa. Challengers can accredit their expeditions (specific destinations only) towards a Silver or Gold Presidents Award.
Round Square Schools
World Challenge works with a number of Round Square (RS) schools and adapts the programme around the Round Square six IDEALS of learning. We are focused on ensuring that our programmes compliment these core six pillars as laid down by Kurt Hahn.

Why Choose World Challenge?

"As the name of the expedition suggests, World Challenge never failed to present strings of mental, emotional and physical challenges. However these forced us to mature in independence and world and human understanding in ways that we never thought possible. We made unshakable friendships and returned wiser and stronger."
Robynne, Challenger, Borneo, Springfield Convent School
"The students managed the budget, booked hotel rooms, organised the R&R activities and regulated the group on a day-to-day basis. As a teacher who is used to being in control, trusting a group of 15 to 18 year olds to make decisions about what we would eat, where we would sleep and what transport we would use took some getting used to, but the boys and girls did exceptionally well in their leadership roles." Courtney, Teacher, Nepal, St Stithians College
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