Contributing to a project is an incredibly special part of any expedition and has a massive effect on both our expedition teams and those they are helping. 90% of our expeditions include project work and depending on the destination it is likely that you will be able to choose the type of project as part of your Itinerary Development Day. Your team might decide to volunteer with a community; helping to build and improve buildings or you might want to work with children assisting at a local school and running lessons and sports. If you like wildlife there are some fantastic projects where you can help with research and support the conservation of endangered species and very special environments.
Spending time at a project means you not only get the opportunity to really help those in need, you also get to experience the tremendous warmth and hospitality of different cultures. Be ready for cooking, painting, dancing and football! Many of our teams have formed long term links with projects and continue to raise money and follow the work being done.
Nothing gives us greater pride than the inspiring projects and people we're lucky enough to be involved with around the world.There have been recent reports and warnings in the media about the potential pitfalls of 'voluntourism'. As a company, we have always been acutely aware of this issue and one of our core values has always been to work with partner projects who make a real difference.
Our Expedition Planners ensure every project is of genuine benefit to, and the benefits stay within, the communities we work with. Our Expedition Planners source each project directly, visiting to see the work in progress and meet with the in-country project leader. We do not run projects if we don't believe the work is worthwhile to the community, environment or the participants, or if we suspect the benefits won't stay within the community.
"We just wanted to thanks to you for all your work & efforts getting the two Outlook teams out to us in Peki! They were AMAZING, a joy to work with! We really enjoyed having them. They worked really hard and we feel we have accomplished so much, they also left their remaining funds to the project so myself and the workmen will be continuing to work from tomorrow. I Will keep you updated on how far we get. Big thanks again!"
Jacqueline, Bob & the Roots Yard Family - Ghana
Since 2009 Outlook teams have been helping to help build homes, from scratch, for the most vulnerable people in rural Zambia, many of whom have been left homeless by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. "I don’t know where Outlook gets their students but they are awesome kids and know what it is they have come to do. We have had some very pleasant surprises from them as some have fundraised prior to their coming out and almost knocked me over with their generosity and kindness. They are well behaved, courteous, hard working, organised and a joy to have. The teachers are also an amazing bunch working closely with the group as well as myself, they dig in and get dirty right along side the students. We value our relationship with you and hope to see your groups here for years to come".
Set up by conservationist Siew Te Wong to protect this endangered mammal and some of the last remaining sun bear habitat in the world, the project provides a holistic approach to sun bear conservation, combining greatly improved facilities for captive bears with increased public awareness. The ultimate aim is to rehabilitate and aid the breeding of sun bears in captivity ready for release back into the wild. In the last four years Outlook teams have played a huge part of in developing the centre so it can be opened to the public by building footbridges and visitor trails. Teams have also helped improve enclosures and even assisted with the design of enrichment devices which help to mirror a sun bear’s natural habitat.