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What a wonderful time we had on our trip! It was so well organised...from all World Expeditions' help at the planning stage to the actual trip itself. In particular, we absolutely loved the trekking and that was largely due to our fantastic guide Norboo. He was so focused on our having a great experience...from the food (our requests were always fufilled) to our comfort on the trek, and our safety.
Community Project Travel
World Expeditions has a vision – to make the world a better place for people in need. Voluntourism; Eco Tourism - no matter what you call it, we would like to invite you to share in this vision.
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Community Project Travel (CPT) is a unique “voluntourism” program that we have operated since 2005, functioning entirely as a ‘not-for profit’ division of our company. The program offers purposeful voluntourism style adventures for everyday travellers, where the main objective is to improve the lives of other people or the environment in a meaningful and sustainable way.
No skills are required to join our Community Projects; you just need to pack an open mind and a keenness to commit to physical work in a team environment.
Our Community Project Travel program includes the following projects:
VIETNAM: Thanh Son Elementary School & Kindergarten Upgrade
Departs: Hanoi ~ 20 March and 18 September 2015
15 day trip | 3 days community project | 10 days adventure touring | 5 nights homestay | 1 night overnight train | 1 night junk boat | 7 nights hotel
The mountainous northern region of Vietnam, south west of Hanoi, is home to Vietnam's third largest ethic minority group, the Muong people. The Muong are most closely related to the ethnic Vietnamese, however culturally and socially more similar to Thai people. The Muong rely on crop cultivation (mostly wet rice), animal husbandry and fishing to sustain their lives. The village of Pa Van in Thanh Hoa province is home to approximately 400 people, with 26 children attending the elementary school from grades 1-5 and 30 younger children attending the kindergarten. This school and kindergarten is in disrepair and in dire need of renovation. With the assistance of local building experts and the locals themselves, you will help to renovate the school including plastering and painting the classroom internal walls, repairing the desks and chairs, repairing the windows and doors and building a toilet block and water tank. Following the community project work we discover the stunning national parks that surround Mai Chau, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay and the vibrant cities of Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City.
TANZANIA: Kakoi School Water Pipeline Project
Departs: Arusha ~ 15 September 2015
13 day trip | 3 days community project | 6 days wildlife safari | 9 nights lodge/hotel | 3 nights permanant campsite
Located near the Tarangire National Park, the Masai village of Kakoi is home to approximately 2500 people scattered on small plots of land. The community primary school has approximately 473 students attending, with 7 teachers. The World Expeditions Foundation and other generous donors have already facilitated building renovations at this school from which the students and staff greatly benefit. The project details for 2015 are currently being determined, but it include further work on improving the school facilities or perhaps constructing a shaded waiting area outside of the Kakoi Community Medical Centre, so that sick waiting patients can be protected from the harsh sun.
Before the project work we will enjoy a wilderness experience on safari in the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, with opportunity to spot some of Africa’s unique wildlife.
Please visit again in October 2014 to learn about the 2015 project. If you'd like to express your interest in the 2015 project please email firstname.lastname@example.org
NEPAL: Kshamawati Higher Secondary School Hostel
Departs: Kathmandu ~ 20 March 2015
17 day trip | 3 day community project | 8 day trek | 4 nights hotel | 4 nights wilderness camp | 4 nights private permanent campsite | 4 nights eco lodge
Located in North Eastern Nepal, 15kms North of Charikot is the village of Suspa Kshamawati, home predominantly to the ethnic group of people called Thamis. The Thamis people of this region face the challenge of limited access to education and it is estimated 78% of the population are illiterate. The Kshamawati Higher Secondary School has 470 students enrolled from infant to year 12. Because the parents of these students are mostly uneducated the home environment is not conducive for study, with priority given to helping their parents with daily domestic duties. As the students approach their teenage years the number of students attending school drops. The school management is building a hostel to provide residential facilities for the marginalized village students for better tutoring and collective study under the guidance of the teachers. Additionally, the hostel will enable students from further afar to attend school. Our group of volunteers will assist with the construction of the walls on the ground floors of the girls’ wing of the building. Upon completion of the project our group travels to the Everest region to take a short trek to experience the Sherpa culture and wonderful Himalaya views that Nepal is famous for. We explore the colourful markets of Namche Bazaar, the famous Thyangboche monastery and follow established trails in the Sagamartha National Park to view many of the world’s highest peaks including the summit of Everest that peers above the 8000m peaks of Lhotse and Nuptse.
PERU: Green Houses for Huilloq School & Village
Departs: Cusco ~ 21 September 2014
14 day trip | 4 days community project | 4 days trek | 4 days adventure travel | 6 nights hote;/lodge | 7 nights camp
The World Expeditions Foundation has been involved with the community of Huilloq for a number of years since we helped to fund the completion of a fifth classroom at the local secondary school, accommodating up to 76 students. The next project that WEF will assist the Huilloq community with is the construction of two polytunnels. A polytunnel, also known as a greenhouse is a tunnel made of polyethylene making it able to handle high winds, dramatic temperature changes and most importantly a high UV count. The warm environment inside the polytunnel will allow the Huilloq community to grow vegetables that are usually difficult to grow in the harsh climate and altitude of the village. This would also allow them to plant sweet and hot peppers, both a really important part of their diets.
Outside of the project work we will enjoy a stunning short trek through the Andes culminating with the enigmatic Machu Picchu. We visit the fortress citadel of Olllaytaytambo and its traditional Inca village and spend time in the vibrant city of Cuzco. The trek on either side of the community project work is not long or arduous however it is at altitude and it is important that all participants enjoy walking and be reasonably fit to take part in both the walk and the project physical work.
AUSTRALIA: Larapinta Town Camp Bush Tucker Garden
Departs: Alice Springs ~ 26 April 2015
6 day trip | 2 day community project | 4 day trek | 5 nights exclusive semi-permanent wilderness campsites
The classic Larapinta trek is one of the seven great walks of Australia and this unique trip combines the trek with a two day community project to restore an Aboriginal communities bush tucker garden. The Yarrenyty-Arltere Learning Centre (YALC) is a family resource and learning centre located at Larapinta town camp in Alice Springs. The centre aims to improve the social, health and economic well being of the community in a way that strengthens and respects culture. There is much educational value and cultural preservation to be gained from a strong bush tucker and medicinal herb program within Aboriginal communities. YALC aims to restore the old bush tucker garden (approx land size 25m x 75m) into a sustainable working community garden. Our group will construct garden beds in a section of the garden, dig and plant traditional herbs, vegetables and fruits as well as pave and build seating within the garden. During the project we will learn much about Aboriginal herbal medicines and traditional foods. Our trek out into the West MacDonnell Ranges follows an itinerary that will appeal to the active walker prepared to cover between six to sixteen kilometres each day, with plenty of side options to the best spots in the area.