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Community Project Travel
World Expeditions has a vision – to make the world a better place for people in need. We invite you to share in this vision.
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Community Project Travel (CPT) is a unique “giving back” program that we have operated since 2005, functioning entirely as a ‘not-for profit’ division of our company. The program offers purposeful 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.
The World Expeditions Foundation funds the costs associated with the community projects. We ask that participants make a voluntary donation to the WEF to further assist. WEF does not levy any administration fee. Donations are tax deductible for Australian citizens.
Our Community Project Travel program also includes these projects:
- VIETNAM: Thanh Son Elementary School & Kindergarten Upgrade
- AUSTRALIA: Larapinta Town Camp Bush Tucker Garden
- TANZANIA: Magara Secondary School Greenhouse
- PERU: Tastayoq Greenhouse Community Project
- NEPAL REBUILD: Kshamawati School & Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan Experience
- NEPAL REBUILD: Manju Shree Primary School & Gokyo Lakes
VIETNAM: Thanh Son Elementary School & Kindergarten Upgrade
Departs: Hanoi ~ 18 September 2016
15 day trip | 3 days community project | 10 days adventure touring
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 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.
Projects like this at Pa Van are available to private groups, school groups, charity groups or corporate challenges. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire.
AUSTRALIA: Larapinta Town Camp Bush Tucker Garden
Departs: Alice Springs ~ 17 April 2016
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 email@example.com to enquire.
TANZANIA: Magara Secondary School Greenhouse
Departs: Arusha ~ 03 September 2016
10 day trip | 4 day community project | 3 day wildlife safari
The village of Magara is spectacularly located at the base of the Great Rift Valley near Lake Manyara National Park. Over the years World Expeditions has assisted this village in a number of ways. Previous groups have completed refurbishment works on classrooms at the primary and secondary schools and the World Expeditions Foundation has funded the solar powering of the computer classroom as well as the purchase of computers and the training of computer teachers. This project is at Magara Secondary School which has approximately 300 students from the local area attending. The focus of the school is agriculture and biology and as a result many of the students will go on to be small scale farmers in the region. A greenhouse will be very useful to the school to allow the students to work in a closed environment and through experiential learning. Currently the school plants student crops on its land and does field classes on these crops. This will diversify what the students learn in a way that will help them become better farmers through higher crop yields. Following our project work we visit the magnificent game parks of Lake Manyara and Tarangire. No trip to Tanzania would be complete without a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater, one of the finest wildlife reserves on earth. It is here we enjoy unsurpassed game viewing, with opportunity to spot the rare black rhino.
Projects like this at Magara are available to private groups, school groups, charity groups or corporate challenges. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire.
PERU: Tastayoq Greenhouse Community Project
Departs: Lima ~ 10 September 2016
13 day trip | 3 day community project | 4 day trek | 4 day adventure touring
This trekking route is specifically crafted to avoid the busier trekking trails in Peru, providing an authentic and unique Andes experience. We take you along remote trails to enjoy spectacular views of snow-capped Andean peaks, over beautiful passes and through traditional Quechuan villages that rarely see westerners and finally, to Machu Picchu. A few more days of trekking and we reach the village of Tastayoq where we undertake our community project work to re-establish a greenhouse. We celebrate the completion of the project with a traditional 'pachamanca' [a wonderful Andean 'feast'']. We drive to Ollantaytambo for a night and rise early in the morning to catch the train to Machu Picchu, where we take a guided tour and take in its remarkable beauty, before returning to Cusco.
Projects like this at Tastayoq are available to private groups, school groups, charity groups or corporate challenges. Contact email@example.com to enquire.
NEPAL REBUILD: Kshamawati School & Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan Experience
Departs: Kathmandu ~ 10 January 2016
21 day trip | 10 day community project | 6 day rafting, wildlife safari and adventure touring
In 2015, on April 25 and again on May 12, catastrophic earthquakes shook Nepal, resulting in the loss of many lives, and the destruction of homes, schools and communities. Our Rebuild Nepal Community Projects aim to help remote mountain communities rebuild their schools. Kshamawati Secondary Higher School is located in North Eastern Nepal in the Dolakha district. The people of this region are predominantly from the ethnic group called Thamis, and they face the challenge of limited access to education. It is estimated 78% of the population are illiterate. The Kshamawati Higher Secondary School has 470 students enrolled from infant to year 12. The World Expeditions Foundation has been assisting this school since 2013 with the construction of a residential hostel for the students. The hostel will allow students to reside at school during the week, having a positive impact on school attendance. The hostel was at the foundations stage when the earthquakes struck and was mostly left in tact. The school buildings however were flattened. Naturally, our support will continue as we now help with the reconstruction of the classrooms. Following the ten days of community project work at Kshamawati Secondary Higher School, we set off to discover the Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara as well as one day rafting on the Madi river, concluding with an unforgettable jungle safari in Chitwan National Park.
Projects like this at Suspa Kshamawati are available to private groups, school groups, charity groups or corporate challenges. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire.
NEPAL REBUILD: Manju Shree Primary School & Gokyo Lakes
Departs: Kathmandu ~ 27 February 2016
25 day trip | 5 day community project | 15 day trek
The Manju Shree Primary School is located in Lura village, in the Solu Khumbu region of eastern Nepal. This small subsistence farming village as well as the nearby villages of Roshi, Arubot and Boldo send their children to this school, from grades 1 to 5. A total of 61 students attend. World Expeditions mountaineering guide, Soren Kruse Ledet, visited the village late in May and returned to report that the earthquakes damaged most of the school buildings and that a full rebuild was required. In October and November 2015 two groups of travellers spent a total of 15 days assisting local workers to build the foundations for the school. The day following our arrival in Lura, we will set to work, and over the course of the following 5 days, under the instruction of the local project manager and our guide, we will help to build a section of the school. Expect to work between 6 to 8 hours a day with lunch and snack breaks in between. We will work alongside members of the community and the vibe will be positive, productive and collaborative. Following the community project work we’ll hike to Gokyo Lakes, ascending in true expedition style savouring the quintessential trekking experience with our guides, crew and porters. Our carefully devised itinerary allows time for safe acclimatisation, the key to any successful trek in the Everest region. The Gokyo Lakes region at the head of the Dudh Kosi Valley provides a great alternative to the popular Everest Base Camp trek. It is a more tranquil trek through the Sherpa heartland that affords ample time for acclimatisation with opportunities to savour the mountain panoramas from beautiful alpine campsites. The highlight of the trek is our ascent of Gokyo Ri. From the summit we gain superb views of Everest as well as the 8000m peaks of Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu.
Projects like this at Lura are available to private groups, school groups, charity groups or corporate challenges. Contact email@example.com to enquire.