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Kokoda Track

From beginning to end, this expedition was perfection in all aspects of its organisation. Particular praise must be given to the trek leader Mr Lawrence Applebee. His dedication, knowledge and leadership abilities were instrumental in its success.

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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 ~ 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. The school and kindergarten is in disrepair. With the assistance of local building experts, we will renovate the school and kindergarten for the children of the surrounding villages. The first completed in March 2015 built a 15m2 kitchen room for the school that will facilitate the cooking of meals and also provide a space to serve lunch for the pupils. The second project in September 2015 will construct a gravel road to ensure that the students can access the school safely during wet weather, since the current dirt road becomes very muddy and slippery. The new gravel road will include steps made from bamboo at the base and gravel over the top, will be 100m in length and 1.5m in width and will include a side water pipe to redirect water. 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.

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There will be further projects at this school in 2016.

Positive Impact: The completion of this project will see major improvements to the cosmetics of the school, adding to the students pride for the school and in turn having a positive impact on school attendance. Additionally structure improvements to the school will be made such as:

> Build a kitchen - improve school attendance because the students no longer need to walk home for lunch. They eat lunch at school and continue with the afternoons education. Also food hygiene will improve with the new kitchen facilities.

> Build an improved pathway at the school entry - will ensure a much safer passage to school for students and teachers, especially during the wet season when the path is steep and slippery.

> Repair desks and windows and improve the aesthetics of the classrooms - results in an environment that is much more conducive to learning, and promotes the students pride for their school.

> Build a rainwater tank - provide students and teachers with access to clean water.

> Build new toilet blocks - to improve hygiene conditions and privacy.

Funding the project: The World Expeditions Foundation funds the costs associated with the project (such as materials, transport and wages of the local project manager). Each participant is asked to make a tax-deductible donation of US$440 to the World Expeditions Foundation to assist with the funding of the project). Your reservations consultant will send you details about how to make a donation to the WEF upon booking. Otherwise you can donate here ...

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TANZANIA: Kakoi School Kindergarten Classroom
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 Kakoi Secondary School has a burgeoning student intake and they have run out of classroom space for the youngest in the community. The World Expeditions Foundation will fund the construction of a kindergarten classroom, and a group of volunteer travellers will arrive in time to complete the classroom and its fixtures, painting walls and blackboards, building furniture, constructing teaching aids and preparing the room for the kindergarten students. Before the project work we will enjoy a wilderness experience on safari in the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, with the opportunity to spot some of Africa's unique wildlife.

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Positive impact:

The new kindergarten classroom will give the young students their own space that is designed to meet their educational and developmental needs. A dedicated resource like this, one that is conducive to learning and play, will set the students up for a positive school experience.

Funding the project: The World Expeditions Foundation funds the costs associated with the project (such as materials, transport and wages of the local project manager). Each participant is asked to make a tax-deductible donation of US$440 to the World Expeditions Foundation to assist with the funding of the project). Your reservations consultant will send you details about how to make a donation to the WEF upon booking. Otherwise you can donate here ...

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NEPAL: Kshamawati Higher Secondary School Hostel
Departs: Kathmandu ~ 15 February 2016

17 day trip | 3 day community project | 8 day trek | 4 nights hotel | 4 nights wilderness camp | 4 nights private eco camps | 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.

We will assist with elements of the construction of the hostel depending on what stage the construction is at when our group arrives. 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.

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Positive impact:

The need for the hostel was felt long ago. The predominant numbers of students are from the Thami community and because of their extreme poverty, illiteracy and lack of awareness the home environment is not conducive for study. The children have to help their parents with daily domestic duties instead of time spent on study. Eventually they end up leaving school as early as year 8. The school management believes that the construction of the residential hostel for these marginalised students will afford them with better coaching, collective study under the close and concentrated attention and guidance of the teachers. Additionally it will encourage students from far-off villages to join the school for an education.

The ultimate design of the hostel will be a two story construction, each story with 20 dormitory rooms, each room having 6 bunk beds for accommodation of 240 students. The hostel has been designed with three blocks 1. Girls 2. Boys 3. Common facilities such as kitchen, dining hall and study rooms. The toilet and bathroom block will be built separately.

Funding the project: The World Expeditions Foundation funds the costs associated with the project (such as materials, transport and wages of the local project manager). Each participant is asked to make a tax-deductible donation of US$440 to the World Expeditions Foundation to assist with the funding of the project). Your reservations consultant will send you details about how to make a donation to the WEF upon booking. Otherwise you can donate here ...

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AUSTRALIA: Larapinta Town Camp Bush Tucker Garden
Departs: Alice Springs ~ anytime from April - September

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.

This project is available to private groups, school groups, charity groups or corporate challenges. Contact donna@worldexpeditions.com to enquire.

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