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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 list of very worthwhile community projects and initiatives. The projects below are our immediate priorities. 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 Community Project Travel program includes the following projects:
VIETNAM: Thanh Son Elementary School & Kindergarten Upgrade
Departs: Hanoi ~ 22 September 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.
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.
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.
NEPAL: Kshamawati Higher Secondary School Hostel
Departs: Kathmandu ~ 20 March 2015
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.