Gap Year Expeditions

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The word ‘expedition’ is often used by gap year organizations (and charities) to refer to all kinds of overland adventure travel (such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award), charity work abroad and the aiding of scientific research (such as studying wildlife in the Galapagos Islands).

Gap year expeditions are becoming more and more popular, as the organisations that organise them grow, and as because they allow people the go places and do things that they’d never normally be able to (such as studying wild animal species’ in the Amazon Rainforest).

Overland Adventure Expeditions

Overland adventure expeditions are usually just a case of getting from point A from point B. Oftentimes, the landscape between these two points is what you might call ‘challenging’, so it can be tricky and rather physically demanding.

If you’re not into hiking or camping, overland expeditions probably aren’t for you! That being said, completing such an expedition will give you a great sense of accomplishment, and they’re something that almost everyone can enjoy.

ExpeditionPerhaps the most intimidating and amazing overland expedition that you can do is to climb Mount Everest. The Jagged Globe organization is one that allows you to do so, but a fee of around $50,000 is required to do so!

Typically, most overland gap year expeditions will cost you between $2500 and $5000 (all inclusive), and will be between two and six weeks long.

Doing Sponsored Exhibitions for Charity

Of all of the typical gap year activities, going on an expedition is often one of the most expensive. One of the easiest ways to raise money for such a trip is to do a sponsored exhibition for charity. This is because it’s a lot easier to ask people for money if it’s for charity, and people will be a lot more likely to donate.

Typically, you’ll be asked to raise a certain amount (say $2500) for their charity in exchange for a ‘free’ trip. When under the umbrella of charity, fundraising becomes much easier. For example, last year my friend was doing a sponsored exhibition to Kenya and needed to raise £2000 for charity before she could go. Since her family has such a large back garden, they put on a barbeque, invited everyone they knew and charged them £12 for the ‘entrance fee’.

200 people ended up coming, meaning she made £2400! Take away the £300-400 that was spent on food and drink (it costs a lot to feed 200 people!) and she’d still made the £2000 required. Everyone that came knew that they were donating money to charity for her trip to Kenya, and in one day she’d raised the money she needed!

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