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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.

REBUILD NEPAL Community Projects ~ 2015/16 trekking season

We’ve been in discussions with the following two communities that experienced major earthquake damage to their school buildings: 

  • Kshamawati Higher Secondary School in the Dolakha District
  • Manju Shree Primary School in Lura village in the lower Solu Khumbu

Both have accepted our offer to help fund the reconstruction of their schools and they also welcome the workforce offered by generous World Expeditions travellers.

This is where YOU come in … volunteer your time and physical effort, choose from one of our Rebuild Nepal Community Projects:

  1. Lura School & Everest Base Camp - 12 October 2015 | 26 day trip | 5 day community project | 16 day trek
  2. Lura School & Lower Solukhumbu Trek - 24 October 2015 | 20 day trip | 10 day community project | 6 day trek
  3. Kshamawati School & Annapurna Trek 06 November 2015 | 19 day trip | 5 day community project | 7 day trek
  4. Kshamawati School & Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek - 26 November 2015 | 21 day trip | 5 day community project | 10 day trek
  5. Christmas Project: Kshamawati School & Annapurna Trek for Families (children 8 yrs+) 21 December 2015 | 16 day trip | 5 day community project | 4 day trek
  6. Kshamawati School & Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan Experience 10 January 2016 | 21 day trip | 10 day community project | 6 day rafting, wildlife safari and adventure touring 

Are you aged between 20 & 39 years? Our Yomads brand has a Nepal Rebuild Community Project just for you >> Lura School & Everest Base Camp for YOMADS (travellers aged between 20-39 years) - 18 October 2015 | 23 day trip | 5 day community project | 13 day trek. To learn more contact the nearest Yomads office.

The World Expeditions Foundation (WEF) Nepal Earthquake Appeal will fund the costs associated with the reconstruction of these schools. We ask that participants make a voluntary donation to the WEF Nepal Earthquake Appeal to further assist with the rebuilding of schools in Nepal. WEF does not levy any administration fee. Donations are tax deductible for Australian citizens.

Book now to secure your place! Book online or contact your nearest World Expeditions office.

 

Our Community Project Travel program also includes these projects:

VIETNAM: Thanh Son Elementary School & Kindergarten Upgrade
Departs: Hanoi ~ 18 September 2015, 30 March 2016 and 18 September 2016

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 project 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 project in September 2015 will construct a gravel road to ensure 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.

The project in March 2016 will renovate and repaint three of the existing classrooms, ensuring that the environment is clean, bright and conducive to learning.

The project in September 2016 aims to construct new toilet blocks for the school.

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.

More information and detailed trip notes >>

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 donation to the World Expeditions Foundation to assist with the funding of the project (tax deductible for Australian residents). 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

11 day trip | 3 days community project | 4 days wildlife safari | 7 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.

For the detailed trip notes, costs and more details >>

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 donation to the World Expeditions Foundation to assist with the funding of the project (tax deductible for Australian residents). 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.