We know travelling overseas can be daunting, especially if it is your first Challenge. We have put together some FAQs, but if you still have questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch!
Will it just be my University on the Challenge?
This depends, we have different groups arriving weekly so your University could be out with another group which is therefore a great chance to meet new people!
Do we get transfers to the airport?
Not in the UK. The expedition starts and finishes at the designated airport in the destination country for your specific challenge, from then on, all transport is included.
Do I need a visa and is this included in the cost?
For some of our destinations you will require a visa, and at others you may not. Challenges Abroad will be able to give advice on the application, however, the minimal cost involved is not covered in the challenge cost. It is also worth noting that Challenges Abroad is not responsible in the unlikely event of an unsuccessful Visa application.
How much of the fundraising total goes to charity?
50% of your fundraising target will go to our partner charity the other half being spent on your accommodation, food, transfers and your in-country support. Remember, it’s not just the money that makes a difference but the fantastic volunteer work.
What happens if I have to drop out due to unforeseen circumstances?
If the participant is no longer able to travel on the programme, they will have the option to defer to the following year. Once a donation has been made onto their Virgin Money Giving Page, this money is then bound by Charity Law and as per terms and conditions, is therefore non-refundable.
Do I need to have any vaccinations?
Probably! It is advised that all students seek consultation from the local doctor’s surgery as soon as possible and at least 3 months before you travel. This ensures you receive comprehensive medical advice appropriate for that destination.
Where will I be staying?
Safe and appropriate accommodation is arranged for you and varies across the different expeditions and activities. Typically, you should expect to be camping or staying in basic guest houses during your treks. During the volunteer programmes you will be at our local volunteer house, or in a hotel or homestay.
What do I need to take with me?
Prior to departure, all students will be provided with comprehensive briefing notes which will include a suggested packing list.
What happens once I've paid my reg fee?
After you sign up and pay your registration fee, you will be contacted by us with more details and you will also receive your welcome pack which has everything you need to know and your next steps!
How do I know I'll be safe?
Challenges Abroad has experience of running these expeditions and put great emphasis on structuring every aspect of the trip to ensure proper consideration has been made to safety. Destinations, treks and projects have all been thoroughly examined for risks and appropriate measures have been implemented in order to mitigate these as far as possible.
What happens if I can't reach my fundraising target?
Unfortunately, we do require all fundraising targets to be met. We will however support you as much as possible to help you reach your target. We have interim deadlines to ensure your fundraising is going as planned. If you are struggling with reaching your target, we recommend contacting your Challenge Leader, SEM or the Futuresense Foundation fundraising manager. If you don't reach your target, there is the option to defer your programme to the following year and there is a deferral fee of £200.
How many people will be on the trip?
The maximum number on a trip is 21 including the Challenge Leader. If there are less than 5 in your group, we will most likely merge the group with another going to the same destination around the same time.
Do I have to do this through a University?
No. Whilst we do try to build strong relationships with Students’ Unions and Universities, if you are passionate about our projects and have a love of travel, get in touch and we can help you to go on your chosen challenge.
Will I have support in-country?
We have fantastic in-country teams in all of our destinations to support and advise you, and to ensure your trip runs as smoothly as possible.
Do I have to be a student?
You do not need to be a current student to go on our challenges. If you have a connection with the university group or someone going on the trip then you are welcome to join that group. You can also join one of our open challenges as a non-student. However, you do need to be a student to apply to be a Challenge Leader.
What is not included in the fundraising target?
The aspects of the trip that are not covered by your fundraising are flights, visas (if required), vaccinations (if required), DBS Checks and insurance. Our team are able to advise you on flights as well as the visa application process if you are heading to a country where one is needed. It’s important to ensure your insurance sufficiently covers you for all activities on your trip and is with a reputable company.
Can I be a challenge leader?
If you feel that you have the skills and motivation to be a group leader then let us know. We would be delighted to talk to you about these opportunities. You can check out the Challenge Leader section of our website here.