British Exploring Society a youth development charity is opening of its 2019 Explorer Miles scheme for new applications.
The Explorer Miles scheme is all about making expeditions more inclusive while incentivising and developing the habit of community action.
Explorer Miles enable young people to earn credits towards the costs of participation on a British Exploring Society expedition. With the launch of its 2019 Explorer Miles scheme, British Exploring Society will help Young Explorers to help themselves by earning credits up to a maximum expedition value of £1000 for 100 hours of volunteering.
“We have two main aims with our Explorer Miles scheme,’’ Honor Wilson-Fletcher, CEO of British Exploring Society, commented. “Firstly, to make our expeditions as accessible as possible. Secondly, to ensure that everyone who joins us on expedition acquires as many skills for life as they can with us. The positive learning gained from volunteering at home is a fantastic start.’’
‘’Perhaps the most rewarding and enriching experience locally has been my time working as a street dance coach. Watching the children there grow and develop, both in skills and confidence, influenced me massively… I intend to… get involved at every opportunity for volunteering.’’ (Peter, Young Explorer).
Explorer Miles volunteering comes in many forms. Young Explorers in 2017 and 2018 worked in charity shops, made bread in community bakeries, mucked out rare breed animal sanctuaries and spent time with patients in respite care homes:
“We are extremely pleased to have Christopher volunteering with us… thank you for bringing him to us!” British Heart Foundation.
Volunteering has always been central to the work of British Exploring Society. The work of the charity is made possible through the leadership and delivery of programmes by a team of professional volunteers who provide thousands of hours of adventure, medical, scientific and social skills every year.
British Exploring Society is currently planning summer 2019 expeditions to the Indian Himalaya, the Peruvian Amazon and the Canadian Yukon.
Further information about the Explorer Miles schemes can be found here
About British Exploring Society
British Exploring Society (BES) is a youth development charity with a unique heritage founded on the belief that challenging experiences can change lives. BES is known for empowering and equipping young people with the courage, skills, resilience and determination to make the most of their future.
Established in 1932 by Surgeon Commander George Murray Levick, a survivor of Captain Scott’s final 1910-1913 expedition, today British Exploring Society delivers a range of youth and leadership development expeditions and training to young people.
British Exploring Society prepares and takes young people (between the ages of 14 and 25) on expeditions to remote locations where they face challenges, gain skills and learn about themselves – as well as acquiring knowledge relevant to their lives and to the fragile environments that they explore. The programmes have always included a strong focus on scientific education and research.
British Exploring Society has taken 11,000 young people ion these expeditions and the results are transformative – not just in terms of practical skills and resilience, but in a new-found confidence and self-belief which they carry forward to their future life.
More than this, through their adventure together, the young people forge friendships for life and become part of a unique supportive and continuing community of explorers with shared experiences, values and perspectives on the world.