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Our Motivation

THE DREAM

The EXPEDITION Project is an innovative organisation that supports and initiates social, environmental and tourism projects, while also facilitating and overseeing Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiatives on behalf of corporate organisations.  This mission is executed via annual overland expeditions, which are made sustainable through sponsorships, volunteer tourism and independent media productions. Target demographics include corporate organisations, international special interest travellers, community projects and local small businesses.


THE REASON

CSI facilitators generally rely on theoretical assessments of community projects and remote management of initiatives. This is problematic for the following reasons:

  • Without hands-on assessment, a project’s true needs may not be identified and critical factors may go unnoticed.
  • The selection criteria – which are intended to safeguard all parties – may inadvertently exclude worthy projects.
  • The lack of direct follow-up leaves much room for misunderstanding and mismanagement.
  • Community projects are seldom helped practically and often lack the skill to track progress or overcome unforeseen obstacles.
  • Projects in remote areas are often excluded due to their isolation and lack of access to technology.

Volunteer tourism is a rapidly growing but flawed niche market. It is characterised by efforts to integrate volunteers into community projects. Unfortunately, they are often set up unsustainably and with little long term benefit to the community in question. Despite best intentions, such projects may even hinder growth through false promises and erratic manpower and resource assistance. In the worst cases, volunteer tourism operations are simply whitewashed with political correctness in order to benefit only a small minority instead of deserving beneficiaries.

Humanity faces its greatest ever social and environmental challenges. We are picking the bitter fruits of irresponsible industrialisation and the unrestricted exploitation of our fellow men and our planet. We have a choice to make:  we can be passive bystanders and allow this trend to wreak further havoc on our world, or we can be the change-makers that will turn the tide.

The EXPEDITION Project is a venture that seeks to empower people to be agents of meaningful change by showing them that their roles are significant. It will also identify the areas that are most in need of that meaningful change. This mission will take the form of an overland voyage that will be publicised to maximise the awareness it creates.

The EXPEDITION Project aims to blaze a new trail – not only in its outcome, but also in its approach. It is not merely an indulgent adventure or a superficial “feel good” campaign. It seeks to initiate and support critical community projects that are geared towards redirecting the future of our country, our continent and our planet.


THE CULTURE

The EXPEDITION Project aims to bridge the gaps in CSI facilitation – not remotely or theoretically, but practically and directly. Careful, first-hand evaluation and monitoring mean that both corporate investors and community projects have someone looking out for them.  It also means that ideal benefactor/beneficiary matches are made. In the process, a vast supportive network is created and a large body of up-to-date data is gathered from which trends can be extrapolated. Its direct involvement and hands-on approach ensure that it achieves the maximum benefits for all parties.

The EXPEDITION Project has reinvented volunteer tourism by taking it on a road trip. This offers volunteers access to a far greater scope of projects and a large variety of cultures and landscapes. It contributes to the sustainability of the organisation through the funds it generates, but it also contributes valuable skills to the team. Volunteers are directly involved in project assessments and practical project support. Additionally, they assist with expedition research, which is a significant aspect of the organisation’s work. They also assist with the creation and publication of media material that gives all stakeholders excellent exposure and networking opportunities.

 

The Objectives

  1. Combat Unemployment & Urbanisation
    Through our research in 2012 it is clear that migration to the larger centres is a focus for the youth and unemployed. TEP encourages sustainable development in the smaller towns and areas to avoid overpopulation of the cities. Business ideas in small towns to benefit the communities themselves.
  2. Replicate Successes
    Develop templates that can replicate successes elsewhere. Through the network we create we can communicate and open up the channels for towns and entrepreneurs and projects to communicate and collaborate.
  3. Encourage Sustainable Charity
    New age charities need revenue streams to remain sustainable rather than reliance on sponsorships and donations. The ideas are theirs – The EXPEDITION Project helps them to make the right connections.
  4. Boost Destination Marketing for South Africa
    Showcase what SA has to offer and spread the success stories.
  5. Successful Volunteer Tourism
    Give the traveller a rounded experience that they will want to repeat and spread the word.
  6. Expand the Reach of CSI Initiatives
    The EXPEDITION Project connects people, projects and organisations from coast to coast and expands horizons.
  7. Give CSI more value for money
  8. Create & Share Information Resources
    www.theexpeditionproject.com will become an online resource of information about South Africa in a format similar to Wikipedia.
  9. Media Exposure
    Spread the stories via all media including television (documentaries and reality shows) and print media (photographic journals and story books).


THE IDEALS

  • We stand for solutions that are active, practical and relevant.
  • We stand for adaptability and transparency.
  • We stand for sustainable development.
  • We believe that education can improve the present and the future.
  • We believe that the youth plays a critical part in creating their future.
  • We believe that every person’s contribution matters.

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