Canada

Canada

With so much to offer, Canada is impossible to dislike! It is a wonderful blend of French, British and indigenous traditions, which give the country a fabulous three dimensional character. It has so much to see and do that you could spend a lifetime there!

  • Trek in the Appalachian foothills of Quebec or canoe on the Dumoine River.
  • After all the fresh air and activity, relax and unwind in local hot springs.
  • The team could get involved in conservation work with local Canadian rangers.
  • Head into the wilderness on a Re-Wild Expedition!

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Iceland

Iceland

Iceland is situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, just south of the Arctic Circle. Its unique combination of glaciers and volcanic activity has made it renowned as the Land of Ice and Fire.

  • There are several active volcanoes in Iceland and roughly an eighth of the island is an ice field.
  • Climbing Mt Hekla (1,491m) is an interesting challenge as the track is ever-changing and fresh lava can be observed.
  • Relax in the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon.

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Sweden

Sweden

Sweden offers a truly prime location for wilderness exploration, into areas little visited by other tourists. Accompanied by expert local guides, the team can also learn about basic alpine and outdoor skills.

  • From Gäddede, paddle a canoe through a network of inland rivers and lakes, sleep under tarpaulins and cook on an open fire.
  • Trek into the Jämtland Mountains, sleeping overnight in mountain huts.
  • Learn about the indigenous nomadic reindeer herding Sami culture – try a traditional lunch (moose!) and activities with a Sami guide.

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Borneo

Borneo

Borneo’s greatest single attraction is its vast tracts of unspoilt rainforest, amongst the oldest in the world and home to a bewildering variety of animal, bird and plant life. However this is not all that this amazing country has to offer.

  • Attempt to summit Mt Kinabalu, the tallest mountain in South-East Asia.
  • Relax on some of the picturesque, unspoilt and often near deserted beaches.
  • Take part in a conservation project within a National Park or with a coastal conservation organisation.

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Cambodia

Cambodia

It is no wonder that this fascinating country is experiencing a tourism explosion; it has almost everything!

  • Excite your senses at the colourful street stalls in Siem Reap selling an array of fresh and tasty food.
  • A team can get a real feel for this amazing country by spending a few days walking from rural village to village.
  • Previous expedition teams have built playgrounds in poor rural areas where the children have little other form of play.

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Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam has it all; a compelling history, a unique and diverse culture, magnificent scenery, welcoming people and culinary delights. Its history is littered with wars, colonisation and rebellion but this troubled past has lead to an enticing country with a fascinating blend of cultural elements.

  • Vietnamese food is some of the best in South-East Asia and each region has numerous culinary delights which will stimulate your senses.
  • Visit one of the many floating markets in the Mekong Delta and see how the locals buy their fruit and veg.
  • trek through rice fields near Sapa and rest your weary head in the Vietnamese stilt houses.

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Laos

Laos

Lao is Southeast Asia’s most unspoiled environment. Renowned for its intact cultures, and relaxed, chilled-out approach to everyday life. For the most part Laos remains untouched by the western world and is the perfect destination in which to really lose yourself.

  • Four Thousand Islands – relax in a hammock where the mighty Mekong spreads out.
  • Northern Laos offers tranquil landscapes and the opportunity to explore remote hill tribes.
  • Teams could support eco tourism projects by working with local people to develop resources such as accommodation.

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Nepal

Nepal

Nestled between two giants of Asia this breathtaking country has a unique and captivating culture. This coupled with the jaw dropping mountain vistas and the warm, friendly people make it an attractive destination for an expedition.

  • Nepal is home to 8 of the world’s 10 highest peaks. Trekking will involve following well trodden trails between rural villages and interacting with the local people.
  • A team could research child poverty and provide help for children who have been forced into begging at a young age.
  • Visit remote mountain villages and experience the Tibetan Buddhist culture in Namche Bazaar.

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India

India

India is a cacophony of sights, sounds, smells, and colours. This culturally dense country has so much to offer and you will experience a sensory overload as soon as you step off the plane!

  • Venture up the Hampta Pass or through the Har Ki Dun Valley in the Indian Himalaya
  • No visit to India would be complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal. Rise early to capture this awe-inspiring monument at its best before bartering for souvenirs in one of the many bazaars.
  • Befriend a camel and go on a desert safari in Jaisalmer.

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China: Sichuan & Gansu

China: Sichuan & Gansu

China is vast, with an incredible mix of cultures, cuisines, landscapes and history. An expedition to the western provinces of Sichuan and Gansu will offer a glimpse of a more traditional way of life in this rapidly modernising country:

  • Experience Tibetan culture first hand on a project based in a remote mountain area where nomadic traditions still thrive;
  • Trek through alpine valleys surrounded by stunning snow-capped peaks, passing yak herders, carved buddhas and prayer flags along the way;
  • See giant pandas! The mountains and forests of central Sichuan are their only remaining natural habitat, with a breeding centre in Chengdu.

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Mongolia

Mongolia

Mongolia offers a true wilderness experience for the expedition team. Nomads still roam the grasslands, travelling where the grass is greenest and weathering the harsh winters before moving on in spring.

Hospitality is a way of life and spending time with a local family will be a real highlight.

  • Get to know the locals and spend some time amongst a community, sleeping in gers.
  • Travel along the Trans-Mongolian Railway.
  • Teams are welcomed in by the friendly Mongolian people and their help and support at an orphanage summer camp would be invaluable.

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Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan

Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan

Discover spectacular mountainous scenery, vast open steppes, stunning architecture and a friendly and welcoming nomadic culture as you follow part of the ancient Silk Route through the Central Asian Republics of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

  • Trek in the Tien Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan where alpine valleys are surrounded by soaring snow-capped peaks.
  • Sleep in a yurt – enjoy a warm welcome from the famously hospitable nomads.
  • Explore the beautiful mosques and teeming bazaars of the famous cities of Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara.
  • Work alongside local communities and get involved in helping with aid work or teaching.

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Romania

Romania

Romania is a captivating destination – from majestic castles, painted monasteries and medieval towns to the extensive Transylvanian Alps. It is a country of surreal contrasts as this former Eastern Bloc satellite state absorbs Western culture.

  • Explore the stunning medieval Saxon city of Brasov and visit the so-called Dracula’s castle nearby in Bran.
  • The Carpathian Mountains offer a varied landscape with soaring cliffs, deep, dramatic gorges, meandering rivers and lush alpine valleys.
  • Community work with local schools or orphanages could involve teaching or doing sports with the children.

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Albania

Albania

Emerging late last century from years of communist isolation, Albania is an exciting new destination on the edge of Europe, with a wealth of fascinating history, a distinctive culture and beautiful scenery, from the Ionian coast to a rugged mountainous interior.

  • Trek through the magnificent Albanian Alps, Albania’s wild and rustic northern frontier.
  • Work alongside local people in schools, orphanages or conservation projects.
  • Explore Albania’s rich culture and history, where classical sites and mountain citadels reveal its Greek, Roman and Ottoman heritage.

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Croatia

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Morocco

Morocco

Morocco is one of the most colourful and culturally rich expedition destinations for any team. It is a blend of Africa and the Middle East and brings with it all the excitement and challenge of both.

  • We have a long term link with a rewarding project outside Marrakech, where a team could provide vital help and support to the rural community school.
  • Sample delicious tagines and hot sweet mint tea which are typical of Morocco.
  • join a camel train and head off for a night in the Sahara Desert.

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Ghana

Ghana

From lush green forests to beautiful white sandy beaches, Ghana really will surprise you with all it has to offer. The welcoming people and easy, laid back attitude make Ghana a fantastic option for personal development in a unique and interesting country.

  • A team could work with kindergarten or primary schools, helping the local people with all facets of school life.
  • Trek through the rolling hills of the Eastern Highlands
  • Take a drumming workshop on the beach!

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Uganda

Uganda

Uganda offers a mini African experience. It condenses the best that the continent has to offer into one small but beautiful destination. Uganda has everything that you could want from an expedition destination and is rightly described as ‘the Pearl of Africa’.

  • You could get involved in the sustainable development of rural villages, helping to improve the quality of life and standard of living of the local community.
  • Spend several days trekking through the legendary, mist covered Rwenzori Mountains.
  • Barter for souvenirs at local craft stalls and relax amidst beautiful surroundings.

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Tanzania

Tanzania

Step out into the vast open plains that dominate much of Tanzania and you suddenly feel very small. It is East Africa’s largest country, stretching from the Great Rift Valley to the Indian Ocean, and the scenery is stereotypically African, with seemingly endless savannah teeming with wildlife.

  • There is great cultural diversity in Tanzania, with over 120 tribal groups still in existence. Wherever you go, a warm and friendly welcome is guaranteed.
  • Aim to reach the top of Mountt Meru (4,566m), Tanzania’s second highest mountain.
  • Watch flamingos and other wildlife at the Ngorongoro Crater.

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Kenya

Kenya

Kenya has an abundance of magnificent wildlife, stunning scenery and intriguing people. It is no wonder that it is one of Africa’s premier destinations.

  • Trek to Pt Lenana on Mt Kenya, the alluring ancient volcano that gives the country its name.
  • There are more than 70 tribal groups in Kenya and you would be able to spend time living amongst one of them on a community project.
  • Go on a safari in the Masai Mara National Park and see if you can spot the ‘big five’.

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Malawi

Malawi

Malawi is renowned for being one of the happiest nations in the world despite it being one of the poorest! Described as ‘the warm heart of Africa’ due to the genuinely friendly natives, you will be accosted with smiles at every turn.

  • Explore the Nyika Plateau, an area resembling the Scottish Highlands with more exotic inhabitants.
  • Visit Liwonde National Park, home to a wealth of hippos, crocodiles and elephants. You may even spot one of the rare black rhino!
  • Work closely with rural communities to improve village facilities, help rebuild traditional homes, or teach any number of subjects and sports.

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Zambia

Zambia

Zambia consists of mostly road less savannah, and is rich in wildlife and artistic tradition. Despite being a popular destination for travellers of all kinds, Zambia retains its authentic feeling of a wilderness; wild, beautiful and slightly unpredictable!

  • The people are warm and friendly and happy to share their customs and traditions with those willing to spend time with them.
  • Go on a game drive and try to spot the big five.
  • Trek through the Batoka Gorge with the mighty Zambezi River running alongside you.

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Swaziland & Kruger

Swaziland & Kruger

Nestled between South Africa and Mozambique, the Kingdom of Swaziland offers the very best of the quintessential African experience, with a famously relaxed atmosphere. Just next door is the Kruger National Park, a wildlife conservation area with outstanding game viewing.

  • Projects are based in the Ezulwini Valley, working with a local initiative to improve the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children.
  • Trek on a network of trails through the beautiful Malolotja Nature Reserve or the Ngwempisi area.
  • Camp by the Sabie River in the Kruger and enjoy game drives in search of lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe and elephant, to name a few!

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Namibia

Namibia

This is a spectacular country and a great ‘wilderness’ destination. Wedged between the South Atlantic and the Kalahari it offers visitors stunning wildlife, vast open deserts, rugged mountains, will seascapes and intriguing colonial cities.

  • This sparsely populated, arid country is home to a number of tribal groups that still use traditional ways to survive.
  • Explore the dunes at Sossusvlei or the coast in Swakopmund.
  • Spend a week walking through the vast Fish River Canyon.

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Madagascar

Madagascar

The beautiful island of Madagascar is famous for its unusual and exotic wildlife, including lemurs, unique to the island. The landscape ranges from thick forests and mountains to open grasslands and a stunning Indian Ocean coast.

  • Trek along trails through the beautiful Andringitra National Park.
  • Work in a school or orphanage and help improve their facilities.
  • Explore the busy and colourful street markets by ‘pousse-pousse’, the local rickshaw.
  • Practice your French and learn some Malagasy as you get to know the friendly local people.

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Nicaragua

Nicaragua

An expedition to this beautiful country will offer the ultimate Central American experience and a brilliant opportunity for personal development. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean, Nicaragua boasts a diverse range of environments and ecosystems.

  • As the second poorest country in the Americas it provides many opportunities for worthwhile projects within local communities.
  • Follow a trail into the rainforest learning about the medicinal qualities of the plants and animals that are there.
  • Visit the extensive coffee plantations in Maragalpa or Jinotega.

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s natural beauty is astounding and this coupled with the laid back pace of life and the extremely friendly locals makes it a very appealing destination!

  • Conservation is a huge priority in Costa Rica and there may be the opportunity to work within a National Park
  • Trek through the stunningly pristine rainforest in Corcovado National Park
  • Visit the highly active Volcan Arenal.

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Ecuador

Ecuador

Ecuador is a country which offers everything an expedition team could want; a fascinating culture, warm and friendly people, wildlife, challenge trekking and plenty of adventure.

  • Climb up to the ridges of Volcan Ruminahui’s central peak.
  • Embark on an overnight jungle trip to some of the many rainforest lodges whilst keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife.
  • Visit Mitad del Mundo (the Equator) and stand on both hemispheres at once!

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Northern Peru

Northern Peru

The area of Peru from Lima upwards is an ideal expedition destination in that the region has desert stretching out to the coast; the spectacular cordilleras of the Andes running down its spine and the rich Amazon rainforest in the north east.

  • Visit ancient, pre Inca ruins in Chachapoyas and Chiclayo.
  • Trekking opportunities abound in Northern Peru, which is home to a number of famous treks including the Santa Cruz circuit.
  • teams can spend some time in the Amazon Jungle at Iquitos (the biggest city in the world with no road connections)!

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Bolivia

Bolivia

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Argentina

Argentina

The country’s scenery boasts impressive contrasts including the Andean mountains, tropical forests, low-lying ‘pampas’ swamps as well as the bleak and bitterly cold plains of Patagonia.

  • Spend a few days at the amazing Iguazu Falls.
  • Trek in the Salta and Jujuy regions of the Andean Mountains which offer challenging treks, often along ancient Inca trails.
  • Go horse-riding with local ‘gaucho’ horsemen and experience traditional Argentina first hand.

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Norway

Norway

Land of fjords, glaciers and long summer days, regular flights to Oslo give easy access Norway’s spectacular highlands, offering wilderness adventures with first class modern infrastructure.

  • Head for Haugastøl, an ideal base for hiking through the surrounding Hallingskarvet and Hardangervidda national parks.
  • Follow the Rallarvegen cycle path, following the outskirts of the Hardangervidda Plateau, it is a 3-day ride to Myrdal.
  • Discover the tranquility of travel on water, paddling with Canadian canoes, wild camping each night.

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  • Canada
  • Iceland
  • Sweden
  • Borneo
  • Cambodia
  • Vietnam
  • Laos
  • Nepal
  • India
  • China: Sichuan & Gansu
  • Mongolia
  • Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan
  • Romania
  • Albania
  • Croatia
  • Morocco
  • Ghana
  • Uganda
  • Tanzania
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Zambia
  • Swaziland & Kruger
  • Namibia
  • Madagascar
  • Nicaragua
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • Northern Peru
  • Bolivia
  • Argentina
  • Norway

the process

our support and training

Wilderness Expertise expeditions are either short-haul (expeditions of up to 14 days in length to relatively close destinations), or long-haul (expeditions of up to 28 days in length to destinations anywhere in the world).

The content of these two expedition programmes differs depending on the length of time in-country, the itinerary and the specific needs of the team (for example – we include health and hygiene training for more remote destinations and harsher climates).

The planning and preparation process typically involves the stages described below, although some elements will vary. We provide support every step of the way and we take into account the destination, the type of expedition or project, the school’s ethos and also its location. So if your school is based overseas, this is no object to us running the same high quality programme, some elements are just delivered in a different way. For example, we can build in-country training into the arrival phase of the expedition itself, or provide workbooks to guide teams through research and planning, backed up with online support.

The Liaison Visit

An initial visit to the school by one of the Wilderness Expertise team gives us the opportunity to talk about the school’s broad aims and objectives, as well as possible destinations.

Long haul expeditions generally require 15-18 months to allow time for itinerary planning, choice of project, raising funds and training.

For short haul destinations, the whole process takes 12-18 months to allow for itinerary planning, choice of project and training.

Students' Presentation

One of our Expedition Managers will come and give a presentation at your school to students in the agreed year groups. This is crucial to give them an outline of the expedition, the destination, the personal development outcomes and what the whole process will involve.

The presentation will take roughly 10-15 minutes. Afterwards students who are interested in applying to go on the expedition are given a letter which invites their parents to a more detailed presentation.

Parents' Presentation

This is a crucial stage in launching the expedition as parental support is essential to the formation of a successful team. We give a detailed presentation on all aspects of the expedition, emphasising the benefits and value to participants. Parents are also informed on key issues including safety, supervision, training, insurance, medical cover and finance. This is followed by time for questions so that parents can feel fully informed and aware.

Following the presentation, we will invite those parents who wish to sponsor their son’s or daughter’s application to complete the relevant form and return it to the teacher at school.

Workshop for Raising Funds

This is generally for long haul teams. Once members of the expedition team have been confirmed, their Expedition Manager will come to the school hold a workshop to develop an appropriate strategy for raising funds. This will take place after school and normally lasts approximately one hour.

After this discussion, raising funds becomes the team’s responsibility, allowing them to work together as a group and start to take ownership of the process. They will also be encouraged to come up with an individual fundraising plan.

UK1 Training

At this stage the team will begin to focus on what they want to do and where they want to go within their expedition destination. This is their opportunity to design their own itinerary with the support and guidance of their Expedition Leader. For long haul expeditions this typically occurs over a weekend with the team staying overnight at the school. Short haul destinations have an itinerary planning day when the Expedition Leader will work with the team to help them put together an exciting and challenging itinerary.

Theme Evening

For long haul teams, given the length of time in the build up to the expedition, there may be a long gap between the UK1 and UK2 training sessions. We therefore offer a Theme Evening, this is a great opportunity for the team to focus on their expedition and students can present their provisional itinerary to their parents.  This is also an occasion for parents to meet their Expedition Leader for the first time.

Travel wise Health & Hygiene Course

This is generally for long haul teams. Wilderness Expertise provides a one-day health and hygiene course designed to empower students with a certain level of responsibility for their safety and wellbeing, both individuality and as a team. The course includes guidance on how to keep team members safe from illness and accidents.

 

UK2 Training

For short haul expeditions this is their second training. It usually lasts 3 days and involves camping and hiking in an appropriate location in the UK. For long haul teams the training is over 4 days. The aim of the UK2 is to push the team outside their comfort zone in a safe and supported environment. The location and activities will reflect whatever challenges the team have chosen in their destination.

Build-Up Day

The day before departure the entire team gathers for their Build-Up Day, normally held at the school. This is when the expedition is handed over to the Expedition Leader and school staff, who together make up the expedition’s Adult Leader Team. It begins with a comprehensive handover by the Expedition Manager and Director, or another senior member of Wilderness Expertise staff.

The Expedition Leader then coordinates all arrangements, meeting with the team and going through documentation, equipment and supplies. The Leader will give a final briefing on health, in-country information and any last-minute updates. On completion of all briefings and checks the team departs for the airport.

Expedition

After months of planning, training and fundraising, it is time for the students, guided by their Expedition Leader and school staff, to make their expedition happen!

Throughout the expedition, Wilderness Expertise remains in contact with the progress of the group by means of regular call-ins by the Expedition Leader arranged prior to departure. Each team is also required to send a group email to parents midway through their expedition.

Post-Expedition

An expedition is not over when the team returns home! Equipment needs to be cleaned and checked, accounts finalised, thank you letters written and various other loose ends tied up.

All team members who have successfully completed the expedition will get a Certificate of Achievement, an Expedition Report and an individual report from the Expedition Leader.

Participants will also receive an ASDAN Universities Award. ASDAN state that the level of pre-departure training and elements of personal development included in a Wilderness Expertise expedition meet the needs of this award.

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“The quality of the entire package provided by WE remains the reason we return year after year. Throughout the organisation you find professionalism, a love of the outdoors and a focus on developmental learning. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Wilderness to other colleagues and continue to enjoy working with them on exciting and valuable overseas expeditions”

Steph, Teacher

“The opportunity to be part of facilitating personal development on this scale was a real privilege.”

Clare, teacher

“By far one of the greatest highlights of my teaching career! I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

Tom, teacher

“The support, communication, expedition coordination and organisation were excellent.”

Sally, parent

“I have benefited hugely from this expedition. It has given me confidence and was great for developing skills useful for adult life. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.”

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