School Trips to Africa
The Eco School Challenge is a school trip abroad out of the ordinary. We arrange Africa challenges and educational expeditions for groups of young adventurers from colleges and schools. A trip abroad in the developing world will stretch comfort zones, teach life skills, and expand minds outside the classroom.
Worldwide Experience can provide tailor-made Africa challenges to suit the needs and ambitions of your group. We are already well established at a number of schools, colleges and universities within the UK, having planned their Eco School Challenge trips to various locations around the world. The aim of each school trip abroad is to promote a sense of adventure, leadership, responsibility and international understanding, preparing young people to meet challenges of the future with confidence and compassion.
Although each Eco School trip abroad is entirely tailor made, we know what works well and are able to provide draft itineraries as a starting point for the process of designing your Eco School trip. See some existing options below of Eco School Challenges we already provide..
Education through experience is the heart of the Eco School philosophy, and our Eco School trips offer the experiences of a lifetime. Worldwide Experience will arrange expeditions packed with physical challenges and eye-opening cultural exchanges in some of the worlds most beautiful countries. Eco School expeditions are exhilarating journeys of self discovery that benefit young people from all backgrounds.
Operating in several countries, and with the emphasis on “making a difference,” our challenges are based around conservation and community work with the added extras of adventure and R&R. What makes each experience so special is that the Eco School Challenge is completely flexible, and can be tailored to suit each individual group depending on what elements are required. We can help you make a completely unique itinerary for your school trip abroad.
Join our project in their mission to care for rhinos and wildlife of all forms and sizes to help ensure the continuation of these species. The majority of animals are cared for with the purpose of rehabilitating them into their natural habitat, rather than keeping them in captivity. Where this is not possible, we provide a sanctuary for orphaned or severely injured wildlife. After a week at the rhino orphanage, students will move to our 25,000ha reserve near Hoedspruit. Our game reserve boasts thousands of wild animals, including all of the Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo. Students will truly live in the African bush, and work side by side experienced game rangers to find animals through tracking technology, while assisting with animal monitoring, the core of the work done by this project. This data collection is done during bush walks and game drives in the morning and afternoons.
Damaraland Expedition – Desert Elephant Conservation
EHRA (Elephant Human Relations Aid) is a Namibian registered non-profit organization that strives towards assisting the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and other NGO’s in promoting a mutually beneficial relationship between the humans and the desert adapted elephants of the north-western regions of the Namib Desert. This project is part of a long-term initiative to find solutions to the ever-growing problem of facilitating the peaceful co-habitation between the subsistence farmers, and the desert adapted elephants, through:
The project’s emphasis is on the building of protective structures around communal water points, creation of additional water points for elephants, assisting with, and teaching the farmers skills to financially benefit through tourism in the area, researching elephant movements, distribution and compiling identikits on herds and individuals.
Wildlife Sanctuary & Predator monitoring
On this project, students will have the rare and exciting opportunity to actively participate in the conservation, rehabilitation and research of African wildlife. The sanctuary, which is the heart of the project operations, currently provides a safe refuge for orphaned, injured or ‘problem’ wildlife including a number of lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, caracals , warthogs, antelope and baboons as well as a host of birds, smaller African mammals and farmyard animals. During their second week, students have the unique opportunity to visit one of our research sites in Southern Namibia where they will assist with monitoring large carnivores and other animals in the area, contributing to invaluable research that will help mitigate human-wildlife conflict in Africa.
Conservation experience near Victoria Falls
Students stay at our camp on a Big Five game reserve just ten minutes’ drive from the town of Victoria Falls, home to one of the natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls are recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Students will gain hands-on experience in conservation management activities, research projects, and community development projects.
Exploring one of the most sought after destinations in the world alongside your coordinator. Once a week, students participate in our community projects at the local primary school. Some of the many activities at Victoria Falls, including the tree canopy tour, horse-back safaris, helicopter rides over the Falls and boat rides on the Zambezi River, can be included into the tour!
Ocean Conservation Adventure
Learn to scuba dive when you join our marine conservation project in Guinjata Bay, Mozambique! You will help to protect and study the diverse marine life found here, including many species of sharks, rays and the famous humpback whales. Join our team as they use research, education and diving to drive action towards a more sustainable future, helping to achieve the goal of establishing a formal Marine Protected Area. We strongly believe that this area is a biodiversity hotspot and we need various research data to prove this area is worth protecting. Humpback whales are abundant in Guinjata Bay, and with our research data we’re hoping to work out why the humpbacks make certain sounds, as well as prove that the frequency of sightings is enough to make this a viable ecotourism driver which could provide a significant amount of income from a renewable resource for the local community.
During your placement, you will collect and contribute valuable data to our data set. You will also be learning about and supporting the local community as you participate in the following set activities:
- PADI dive training (get qualified!)*
- Free dive training
- Ocean safaris
- Megafauna research training
- Help improve the local school facilities
- Participate in coral reef surveys
- Support swimming lessons for local kids
- Participate in fisheries research
- Help with beach clean ups
- Learn to cook local food
- Learn some basic Portuguese and Bitonga, an original African tribal language
* You do not have to be a diver before you come out to Mozambique, you can train with us here! Included in your program fee is scuba diving training.
Conservation & Research Project
Our Madagascar conservation programme is based in the beautiful coastal region of Sainte Luce, surrounded by extremely rare and threatened fragments of littoral (coastal) forest, you will be combining hands-on conservation fieldwork on endangered species including lemurs, reptiles and amphibians, with community initiatives and environmental education.
The conservation programme offers our groups the chance to get involved in all aspects of our conservation work including:
- Researching critically endangered reptiles and amphibians
- Monitoring Lemur behaviour
- Running environmental education sessions
- Lobster conservation
This programme is based in the rural village of Sainte Luce at the conservation campsite. There is not a guaranteed supply of electricity, accommodation is in tents and there are latrine-style toilets and bucket showers.
Linden Tree Ranch is the only genuine working guest ranch in Croatia, surrounded by 2 million acres of UNESCO protected pristine wilderness. Intimate and very private, the guest ranch offers a wide range of first class eco-adventures, superbly blended with the casual elegance and quaint amenities. All aspects of conservation are addressed during your experience. As a conservation volunteer you will assist in the ongoing conservation projects that take place in the area and your research will be used in making important conservation decision for the area of Velebit. Click here for more information.
Your horse riding adventure starts at our ranch (700 m elevation) taking roads up the mountain, through valleys and canyons. Our wranglers at the Ranch are well versed in Natural Horsemanship and love sharing their passion for horseback riding with guests of all different experience levels.
We will match you with a horse according to your riding abilities, teach you our style of horsemanship, riding and horse safety, and how to saddle your horse and pack the gear. We will have a test ride and answer your questions before setting out onto Velebit.
Our rides take guests through the stunning Velebit Nature Park characterised by spectacular views, stream crossings, and riding through gorges and meadows. Inhale the glorious scent of saddle leather mingled with wild flowers and sun-warmed pine. Delight in the simple luxury of experience—the power of a strong and willing horse beneath you, the freedom of the frontier—and satisfy your yearning for adventure.
Whether you are a seasoned equestrian or an absolute beginner, we offer a horseback riding experience that will greatly surpass expectations.
Conservation & Research Project
A unique opportunity to work alongside scientists, conservationists, educators, community partners and local villagers deep within the heart of beautiful Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society (SLWCS) is an international, community-based organization committed to the research, conservation and protection of Sri Lanka’s endangered wildlife, communities, and natural habitats.
SLWCS has been operating its Volunteer/student Program since 2002. You’ll be immersed in the local culture and ecology surrounding Wasgamuwa National Park, home to wild Asian elephants, sloth bears, leopards and many other endangered wildlife in one of the most biodiverse protected areas in Sri Lanka. Our groups will gain in-depth knowledge and skills as you carry out essential conservation work!
How Does It Work?
Organizing your Eco School Challenge couldn’t be easier. Our fully trained UK and in-country teams are on hand every step of the way to help tailor your trip abroad to your school’s exact requirements.
There a number of activities to choose from, with each of the Eco School Challenges beneficial both to the nature reserves and communities which you assist, and to your students on their unforgettable school trip abroad.
Eco School activities might include teaching, care and outreach projects in struggling communities; maintaining nature reserves that are home to elephants, big cats and rhinos; and tracking or caring for safari animals. Imagine a school trip abroad that includes a night time game drive or survival style sleep-out on a game reserve! Whether you want to focus totally on conservation elements, or spend the majority of time working with the community, we can create detailed itineraries for Africa challenges based on what you and your students require. We also run Equestrian Riding Trips in South Africa and Croatia!
How Can I get involved?
We provide you with a constant service, making the preparation for your school trip abroad as easy as possible. Our experienced UK team will provide all the support you need in the build up to your Eco school challenge. We can come and present the concept to your students to help generate interest, and we also run Q&A sessions for tutors, parents and pupils prior to departure to help settle any pre-departure queries.
Click here to contact us and a member of our experienced team will be in touch to explain the first steps to building your Eco School Challenge.
Back Up and Support
As part of Worldwide Experience’s dedication to our clients we provide back up and support for all groups in the lead up and duration of their challenge. We work closely with the organising tutors and members of the school to ensure the challenge is not only worth while and fun but also safe and well organised.
If you think the Eco School Challenge is a great idea for your school groups excursion you can arrange for a Worldwide Experience representative to give a presentation to your pupils and staff giving more detail on the challenge and its flexibility.
Included in the total cost of the challenge is – Return flights form London to South Africa/Namibia/Zimbabwe/Croatia; Transfers; All Meals; All activities selected for the group; pre challenge support; in challenge support; post challenge reflection.
P.O.A. dependant on tailored program
“Well organised, regular updates and visits from Worldwide Experience were extremely beneficial. Booking this trip through Worldwide Experience took much of the stress associated with taking a group of students overseas away. We knew we were in safe hands at all times, with no request too big to ask. Thank you Taryn and the team at Worldwide Experience.”
– Hayley Worsfold (Trip tutor, 2016)
“The whole process was very easy and well explained. The Worldwide Experience staff were excellent and ensured a good level of confidence in the trip and company. I would happily recommend Worldwide Experience to other colleges.”
– Nick Haywood (Trip tutor, 2016)
“Worldwide Experience are a very organised company – knowledgeable in what they do – and provide an excellent service.”
– Vicki Brindley (Trip student, 2016)
“I had a brilliant time in South Africa thanks to Worldwide Experience. I would really recommend this trip to anyone! It really helped to open my eyes about current problems in the area and how to help. An incredible experience, and a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with animals.”
– Chloe Glover (Trip student, 2016)
“This experience has blown my expectations through the roof. I cant fully express my gratitude to the staff, nor my sadness at having to leave.”
– Amy Jones (Trip student, 2016)
“Was all well done and I had an amazing time.”
– Callum Kilpatrick (Trip student, 2016)
“This trip has made me feel so much more confident in knowing so many more facts about wild animals, being able to see so many different species in their natural habitat was just such a major bonus for me. Personally, I don’t think I could have gained from this experience any more! It’s been life changing. 10/10 just isn’t enough!”
– Bethany Long (Trip student, 2016)
“The experience was incredible, and enjoyed every minute. Everyone should have the chance to see wild animals up close.”
– Arianna McReynolds (Trip student, 2016)
“Stress free process (Reservations and Pre-departure). This trip changed me for the better as I can now say I am more confident and knowledgeable within conservation. The educational side of the programme sparked my passion for conserving our endangered species such as the rhino. The physical work gave me legitimate work experience that I can take away and use within the industry. It has not only made me more knowledgeable, but I can say the past two weeks have been the best two weeks of my life and it really is a once in a lifetime experience. I could not recommend it highly enough.”
– Aimee Notley (Trip student, 2016)
“It was the most amazing and surreal two weeks of my life. I can’t wait to tell my friends and family about the experiences I’ve had and all the things I have learnt.”
– Rhiannon Owens (Trip student, 2016)
“This has been the best experience of my life! It has opened my eyes to different issues regarding wildlife and going into the community has made me appreciate things more. I’ve learnt new skills that I can take with me through life and I have also met some great new people who I’ll stay in contact with. This trip has been unforgettable and the things I’ve experienced have been incredible! It’s certainly something I will never forget! :)”
– Sarah Thomas (Trip student, 2016)
“This was the best thing I have ever done.”
– Adam Townsend (Trip student, 2016)