School Expeditions and Adventures
The Juniper Trust
- Leaving more than just footprints
KE has worked closely with the Juniper Trust since 1994 and together we have a very successful record of locating and carrying out sustainable community projects in the areas that we visit.
A key element to consider during the planning stages of a school expedition is whether you would like to incorporate a community project as one of the group's objectives. This would be something for the group to put their energies into, both prior to departure and for some of the time whilst away. Many of our past KE school groups have included an element of fund-raising within the preparations for their trip, or they have carried out some project work as a part of their travel itinerary. Through liaison with our local agents and KE's partner charity, the Juniper Trust, we can help you to find an appropriate and deserving objective for your project work and can adjust your trip itinerary accordingly. To make a positive contribution to the area that you visit will add considerably to the sense of achievement and to the satisfaction derived from your school group adventure. You can set your own fundraising target and we will arrange the project details according to your preferences and the amount raised.
Examples of Juniper Trust projects:
Peru Solar Light Project - KE leader and agent, Val Pitkethly has single handily been the driving force that has seen individual solar lanterns installed in over 1000 households in remote villages across northern Peru. On separate occasions, Ipswich School and Fulford School trekked within the Cordiller Huayhuash area, both raising funds to buy portable solar lights. As part of their trek, the pupils distributing lanterns to locals, living in remote mountain villages without electricity.
Chobar School is a thriving centre of education for Helpless Children in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley, occupying a quiet hillside overlooking the city. Education for the pupils is free and the pupils are hand picked, many being orphans or from very deprived backgrounds. Jersey College for Girls visited the Chobar School and installed a new water tank, as well as giving English lessons and painting murals on the school walls to brighten up the appearance of the building.
Island School is located in Ol Maisor, a small village beneath Mount Kenya. Jo Richardson Community School raised funds to help build three new concrete classrooms, replacing the existing mud-hut classrooms, which were badly in need of repair. The pupils mixed cement, layed bricks, installed a water-tank and painting the classrooms. The Juniper Trust matched the money raised by Jo Richardson Community School, providing enough funds to complete the first stage of the project.
To enhance the interaction between your pupils and local people, we can incorporate into your itinerary a visit to a local school for a game of football or a musical performance or other workshop. Any organised donation of teaching materials, toys and sports equipment, at local schools or orphanages, will provide a valuable experience for everyone involved.