Providing transformative opportunities: A mixed ability expedition over land and sea

Expedition Dates: 3rd-30th August 2019

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.

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What’s involved?

– Training and support prior to expedition.
– Develop outdoor and sailing skills from professional leaders.
– Develop your confidence, communication and teamwork skills.
– Learn about the environment through science projects.
– Document your expedition through exciting media projects.

Expedition Breakdown

Cost: £900 for Young Explorers
Expedition Dates: 3rd to 30th August 2019
Application Deadline: May 17th 2019
Mandatory Briefing Weekend: April 26th-28th 2019
Location: Voyage between UK and Iceland, and wilderness expedition in Iceland.
Age Range: 16-21 years old
Debriefing: October 2019

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 Land Phase

The land based phase will work from a basecamp, with a walking expedition, and through scientific research, the Young Explorers will discover the incredible wilderness. Together they will trek across an incredible mountainous terrain, supporting each other to live in a remote outdoor environment. Teams will engage in scientific studies to help them learn about the environment, this could be investigating seagull colonies or other local fauna and flora. They will learn about geography, geology and marine life. Our young people will also learn very practical skills such as navigation, map reading, outdoor cooking and other camp craft.


Voyage Phase

On the voyage phase the Young Explorers will join the ship as working crew and sail the ship between Scotland and a Nordic country.

The ship provides an unpredictable, non-discriminatory and challenging environment where the young people will be tested and discover new depths in themselves and others – the sea does not discriminate. They will run the ship in four teams, known as ‘watches’. They are given responsibilities that have real consequences for themselves, others, the ship and the environment. They will be responsible for all sail setting, steering, course following, and look out duties. These include both individual and team-based tasks that achieve tangible goals.

Alongside these practical elements, the theory of Tall Ship sailing, Safety at Sea and Navigation and Passage Planning will also be delivered. Additional tasks will include galley duties (assisting the ships’ cook to serve 50+ crew three meals a day plus tea and coffee breaks), cleaning, and ship husbandry as required.

The young people will engage in a continuous, residential experience. They live in close quarters, often a long way from land, disconnected from elements of modern life. That makes participants more present and accelerates the learning experience.