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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 “philanthropy” 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.
Since its inception the CPT program has successfully completed 38 humanitarian and conservation projects across many countries; including 11 in Nepal, 10 in Australia, 5 in Peru, 4 in Tanzania, 3 in Vietnam, 2 in India, and 1 in each of Kenya, Cambodia and Laos. This wonderful result was made possible by the combined effort of over 500 travellers from across the globe. These travellers elected to dedicate 3 or 4 days of their adventure holiday as well as their physical effort towards completing a project.
In consultation with our local operators from around the world - together with community leaders - we've identified a long list of very worthwhile community projects and initiatives. The projects below are our immediate priorities for 2013. In each case, the affected community receives little or no government funding, and coupled with the dire economic predicament of these areas, makes our assistance so essential. It is important to us that the projects are sustainable, in that the work is started and then completed by the time we leave the community, which results in both an immediate and longer-term tangible benefit.
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 2013/14 Community Project Travel program includes the following projects:
NEPAL: Shree Janta Ma Vi School Project
Departs: Kathmandu ~ 23 March 2014
21 day trip | 3 days community project | 13 day trek | 4 nights private permanent campsites | 9 nights wilderness campsites | 4 nights eco lodge | 3 nights hotel
Located in the lower Solu Khumbu region of Nepal is the remote village of Lokhim, home to approximately 3000 indigenous ethnic Rai people. The community has a secondary and high school that has approximately 600 students attending. The government funds the wages of most of the 18 teachers, while the local community funds the wages of additional teachers, however the school is vastly unfunded and needs assistance. The school has 15 classrooms, 5 of which have below standard flooring. During our time in the community we will assist in cementing the floors of these classrooms. Following the project work we'll head off on a wonderful trek into the higher Himalaya up to the Khumbu valley, where the region's largest Buddhist gompa, Thyangboche is located. We'll enjoy the awe-inspiring views of Mount Everest and the surrounding 8000+ metre peaks before heading back down the valley to Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu.
Watch World Nomads 'Positive Footprints' footage from one of our previous community projects in Nepal
VIETNAM: Thanh Son Elementary School & Kindergarten Upgrade
Departs: Hanoi ~ 14 April 2014
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.
Watch World Nomads 'Positive Footprints' footage from one of our previous community projects in Vietnam
PERU: Qelqanqa Water and Footbridges Project
Departs: Lima: ~ 09 May 2014
15 days | 4 day community project | 5 days trekking | 6 nights hotel | 8 nights camping
The Urubamba mountain range stands spectacularly between the great Urubamba River and the vast rainforests to the north of Cuzco. This region is famous for its Inca history and stunning artisan weavings. Beautiful hanging valleys and small patches of polylepis woodland create a magical backdrop for traditional Quechua mountain villages. One of the most remote villages is Qelqanqa, set at the bottom of a glaciated valley, surrounded by steep hills and icy rivers. From 2006-08 our community project travellers helped to construct a drinking water system including a water resevoir that connected the majority of houses in the village to fresh drinking water. Also during this time our community project travel participants helped to construct three footbridges that allow school children to cross the swollen rivers in safety. In 2013 we return to Qelqanqa to connect the remaining houses into the water system and to do some maintenance work on the footbridges. Following this project work we set off to explore the remarkable 'lost city' of Machu Picchu.
Watch World Nomads 'Positive Footprints' footage from one of our previous community projects in Peru
TANZANIA: Kakoi School Water Pipeline Project
Departs: Arusha ~ 16 September 2014
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 school has rainwater tanks which are dry as a result of the continuing drought. There is a serious shortage of clean water. This project will lay 3kms of water pipeline from the Kakoi medical centre to the school bringing clean water to a communal tap located at the school. The World Expeditions Foundation and other generous donors have already facilitated building renovations at this school from which the students and staff greatly benefit. This water project will be another step towards our committment to improve the education environment for the students of Kakoi. 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.
Watch the Nine Network Australia footage from our 2012 water pipeline project in the village of Kakoi
AUSTRALIA: Cape to Cape Beach Clean Up
Departs: Perth ~ 19 October 2014
18,000 pieces of plastic are estimated to float in every square kilometre of ocean. 77 Australian species are impacted by marine debris. Here is your chance to help!
The Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park stretches over 135 kilometres in Australia's magnificent south west coast. With the world-renowned Margaret River wine region at its centre, this rugged coastline is as diverse as it is spectacular. However this beautiful stretch of coastline is not immune to marine debris and so we have teemed up with the Tangaroa Blue Foundation to offer this unique opportunity for you to trek the Cape to Cape Track, fully supported by our expert guides, and also spend a few days clearing marine debris on a number of beaches that are considered marine debris 'hot spots'. You will also collect data on the debris to assist in finding long term solutions to the problem of marine debris. With long beach walks, expansive coastal heath, ancient dune systems, pockets of giant Karri forests, windswept limestone cliffs and spectacular ridgelines this short trek offers an incredibly rewarding experience combined with the comfort of farmstay style accommodation (twin share) making the most of the Margaret River wine region. Tangaroa Blue Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation focused on the health of our marine environment, and coordinates the Australian Marine Debris Initiative, an on-ground network of volunteers, communities, organisations and agencies around the country monitoring the impacts of marine debris along their stretch of coastline.
Watch World Nomads 'Positive Footprints' footage from one of our previous community projects in Australia