Author: Gemma Wardle

Jess Wray in Peru

The experience I had on the British Exploring Society 2019 expedition to the Peruvian Amazon can’t effectively be put into words. I have seen wildlife of unspeakable beauty, been faced by challenges I didn’t expect and have made friends for life. The overall aims of the expedition were to observe, track and record the flora…
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Bethany Towell in Costa Rica

I have just returned from the adventure of a lifetime! Three weeks in Costa Rica, accompanied by representatives from the “World Challenge” organisation and a group of students from my school. And it did have its challenges, the first of which was signing up to the trip, having just broken both of my elbows in…
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Cameron Hamil in Romania

Explorer Belt Romania 2019 This summer, I embarked on an expedition of a lifetime along with others from the Scottish Scout Association, in particular the South West Region. It was to be an experience where I would make lifelong friends, meet new people and strengthen bonds which I already had. An Overview The Explorer Belt…
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Oliver Wynne-Williams in Cambodia

I have seen some unbelievable sights from remote villages and markets in the middle of a lake, to Buddhist temples on top of hills! I’ve had the opportunity to learn so much about Cambodia, its people and its culture. Our first stop was Phnom Penh were we learnt about the dark past of the Khmer…
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Joe McDermott in the Balkans

The Kayak Drina expedition (13-22 July 2019) completed its aim of gaining a better understanding of some geographical and human factors around Balkan rivers. This expedition report to tells the story of the expedition, summarises our research findings and provides a planning framework for future kayaking expeditions to the region. Locational context The River Drina…
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Award Winners 2019

David Hollier Award The David Hollier Award has been given jointly to Ayrshire Scouts, Andrew Baird and Cameron Hamil, who are undertaking a Scout Explorer Belt Award expedition in Romania. They will travel around Romania for 10 days where they will complete the many challenges which have been set – both major, i.e. finding out…
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Anthony Stanbury in South Africa

It has now been a few weeks that I have been home following the amazing trip to South Africa, arranged between Ellen Tinkham School and Outposts Expeditions, that you so kindly donated some money to. We all had such a fantastic time and saw and learnt such a lot. We stayed in a lodge and…
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Marie Purrmann-Charles in Tanzania

Who I am and why I wanted to go Since I was eleven I have wanted to go to developing countries and help them gain access to safe water and sanitation facilities. Raleigh International run 5-, 7-, or 10-week expeditions to Nepal, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and Tanzania, with many different projects, but focusing on…
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Award Winners 2018

Alfred Stephenson Award Two Alfred Stephenson Awards were given out this year. Annabell Harris, with the British Exploring Society, developed her leadership and mountaineering skills in the Indian Himalayas. And to Flora Bagwell, who undertook trekking and scientific research in Pacaya Samiria National Park in the Peruvian Amazon. Derbyshire Joe McDermot – self organised 168km…
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Iseabail Michie in Uzbekistan

Following 12 months fundraising and working in two jobs almost every weekend, and a two-day expedition preparation trip to Cumbria in September, on Monday 15th October, I left home to join my group and tour leaders to travel to Uzbekistan. Where? Uzbekistan, a landlocked country on the old Silk Road, in Central Asia, near China,…
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