Schools Worldwide

Pre-Trip Planning

So, you have decided to embark on the trip of a lifetime? Welcome aboard! There is a lot of work to do before you go, not least getting fit for the experience. Below is all the information you will need to plan and prepare for a life changing expedition experience.

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Overseas trips require an, often substantial, financial commitment from parents and easing this burden will only generate support for the proposed venture. Taking part in fundraising activities is a good way to do this and also teaches you a lot about the value of money. Pupils who get on a plane having raised a lot of the cash themselves will gain a huge sense of achievement and satisfaction. We would encourage you to think of ideas that give something back to your supporters such as talent shows, car washing and cake sales, rather than those that rely solely on donations.


You don't need to be an olympic athlete to take part in a Schools Worldwide expedition. However, a good level of fitness is required to ensure that you are capable of withstanding the physical demands of the experience and so you appreciate and enjoy the experience more!

Team Meetings

It is always a good idea to try and get together as a group as much as possible before you go. This will give you an opportunity to discuss the expedition, share fundraising ideas and get to know each other before you depart! Schools Worldwide will also come in for two meetings in the build-up to your expedition to ensure that you learn some basic skills to prepare you for your expedition experience

Venture Preparation Session or Training Weekend

Depending on the nature of your expedition, the SWW team will either come to your school and run a Venture Preparation Session or will take you offsite for an overnight Training Weekend. The purpose of these sessions is to teach you some basic expedition skills, pass on some practical information about your expedition and ensure you have enough information to keep you safe and healthy whilst overseas. They are also great teambuilding opportunities!

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Meet Your Leader

Prior to deparutre, the Schools Worldwide team will come into the school accompanied by your leader who will be taking you overseas. This will be an opportunity to meet them in person, ask them any questions about themselves and generally get to know the person who will be responsible for you throughout your expedition experience. We will also use this meeting as an opportunity to go through any last-minute preparations for the experience and ensure everyone is fully prepared for the experience.

More information about our Expedition Leaders can be found here. Leader

Kit & Equipment

There will inevitably be personal equipment that you will need to buy for your expedition, but it is worth bearing a few things in mind before spending any money. Firstly, check the kit list Schools Worldwide provide for you; and stick to it! It is generally not necessary for you to go out and spend vast amounts of money on kit. While kit such as footwear and sleeping bags do need to be fairly good quality, clothing does not need to be brand new since it will usually get very worn and dirty anyway- as long as items are warm enough, cool enough or dry enough, that is fine. Try and negotiate group discounts at your local outdoor shops or you could even try to get some items sponsored by local businesses. Finally, make sure all footwear is well worn in prior to departing! You will also be provided with your own Schools Worldwide 70 litre kit back so you don't ever have to worry about losing your luggage!


Support & Advice

The Schools Worldwide team will be with you every step of the way, no matter how big or small your question. As soon as we launch the expedition, the school will be assigned a dedicated Programme Manager from Schools Worldwide. This person takes responsibility for all aspects of running your pre-departure experience so, if ever you are in need of some help or advice, just drop them a line and they will be more than happy to help. In the meantime, if you have any questions, you can get in touch with us on or 01962 302051.

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