Providing transformative opportunities: A mixed ability expedition over land and sea
British Exploring Society (BES) and Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) are delivering one of the most ambitious youth development programmes in the world; a multi-year expedition programme for disabled and non-disabled Young Explorers.
BES and JST combined have over 125 years’ experience in creating and delivering personal development through adventure – JST at sea, BES in deserts, mountains, jungles and the arctic. Both charities understand the value of genuine, intensive immersion in challenging experiences and are committed to the principles of high-quality voluntarism. Both organisations recognise that they have much to learn from each other and know that through collaboration each can become more sustainable and extend its impact.
In October 2018, BES and JST ran a pilot programme in the South West of England. We supported 24 young people of mixed abilities on a land expedition on Dartmoor and a voyage sailing from Poole. This proved to be a success where both organisations learned valuable information on how best to make a mixed ability, mixed-environment expedition programme work, equipping us well to deliver 2019’s programme.
The expedition will have two phases, a sailing voyage between the UK and Iceland and a remote land expedition in Iceland.
Each group will undertake a four-week expedition, spending two weeks on land in Iceland and two weeks at sea aboard the tall ship SV Tenacious. One group will sail out from the UK to Iceland whilst the other group will fly. After two weeks the groups will swap over, with those who were trekking in Iceland sailing back to the UK and the other group beginning their trek in Iceland, before flying home. Groups will be supported by a team of highly experienced and qualified adult leaders representing British Exploring Society and Jubilee Sailing Trust.
The Dangoor Infinity programme includes pre-training and induction in the UK, and an overseas phase running for four weeks in August 2019 and a follow up at our Next Steps event in October 2019.
During every stage of the programme the young people will develop an appreciation of teamwork and the importance of self-discipline and personal responsibility. They will improve their personal organisation, time management and communication skills, and learn to be trusted and trust others. They will gain positive interactions and a sense of fun though physical hard work and learn new skills. Crucially, participants will gain knowledge of, respect for and empathy for different social groups, and a better appreciation of the abilities and potential of others.