Southern Peru’s Ultimate Adventure – The Salkantay Trek

26 03 2013

Visiting the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu is an experience not to be missed, but have you ever thought how you might get there?

World Challenge offers the Salkantay trek to it’s challengers, which is how we like to arrive at Machu Picchu.  This off-the-beaten-path trek provides an authentic perspective of an original Incan trail, as it takes you through the heartland of the Inca empire. You’ll discover spectacular scenery of picturesque valleys framed by soaring snow-capped peaks in the distance. You’ll continue your journey up through the Andes, passing coffee and banana plantations along the way. In fact, this trek is so rad, National Geographic listed it as one of their “ultimate adventures” in 2011. Grab your hiking boots and get ready to explore Peru’s ancient past, filled with epic adventures along the way!

This trek is available on World Challenge expeditions to Southern Peru, check it out for yourself!

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Giving Thanks in Your Community

19 11 2012

Sorry, this image is not available.For most of us, Thanksgiving means being with family and friends, watching some football, and stuffing ourselves (no pun intended) with massive amounts of turkey and pie.  But it’s important to remember that during this time of year, there are many that could use a helping hand.

If you want to really give thanks for what you have this Thanksgiving, consider volunteering at your local homeless shelter or community center.  Organizations across America devote themselves to giving Thanksgiving meals for those who don’t have a table surrounded by loved ones of their own.

How can you volunteer?  We’re glad you asked!

  • Find an organization/location.  Google ‘Thanksgiving Charity Campaigns,’ and find one in your local area.  Your local community center or nearby churches almost always organize these events.   Just Give and Create the Good are also great places to start.
  • Contact them.  Events like these are very organized, and you need to figure out exactly how and when you can help out.
  • Get your family, friends, and fellow challengers to volunteer with you; doing something like this together is a definite bonding experience!
  • Make the most of it.  Just like when you begin your Community Service phase on Expedition, really interact with the people around you and give back to your community.  Imagine your dinner table at Thanksgiving – people are joking, talking, laughing – help create that environment when volunteering.

If you can’t volunteer, be sure to donate food to your local food drive.  Turkey’s, canned goods, and non-perishables are always needed!  The Salvation Army is accepting donations for Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.  Make this one count!

Used Gadget Drive

5 11 2012

Most people have no idea what to do with old electronics.  Throwing them away seems like such a waste, but how do you recycle them?

You and your team can provide all of the answers and make money to boot.  Just start a Used Gadget Drive.

How? We’re glad you asked…

  1. Find a site.   There are plenty of websites that will give you cash for old electronics.  Two great options are Gazelle and Recycling Fundraisers.   Both will give you tons of help promoting your event (Gazelle even helps you create your own fundraising website).  They also guarantee that nothing you send them will end up in a landfill.
  2. Decide where to set up shop. Ask your principal if you can set up a bin at school, and go around to local grocery stores/pharmacies asking if you can do the same (make sure you tack up a sign letting people know what they’re donating towards!).
  3. Get the word out!  Plaster your town with fliers, send out emails to family and friends, make announcements at school.  Everyone has a digital camera they haven’t touched or a cell phone that has been lying in their desk drawer ever since they upgraded – it’s up to your advertizing efforts to make sure it ends up in your hands!
  4. Ship the goods.  Both of the websites above offer you free shipping.  Just print off the labels, drop them at your local post office, and wait for your check!

If you decide to run your own Recycling Fundraiser, let us know!  Your efforts to go green and make some green could make you the next ‘Team of the Month’!

How to Write a Travel Blog

24 05 2012

What better way to share your World Challenge experience with your friends and family, then through your own Travel Blog.

This is something that you can create as a team before you leave. You can update it during your expedition (when you find an internet cafe!) and when you get home!  You can share all of your stories, pictures, and experiences from your adventure.

Here’s how you can create your own Travel Blog:

 1.  Sign up and start your blog with Word PressFind out how to here!

 2.  Bring your blog to life!  – As a team start thinking about a few things…

  • What are you going to call your blog?  What is your ‘about you’ section going to include?
  • What do you want your blog to be about?  Is it going to be a summary of each day on expedition, or different team members stories?

3.  Start writing – Publish a post of two before you leave for Expedition, letting everyone know where you will traveling, what you will be doing, and introduce your team!

4.  Spread the word! – Let everyone know about your blog!  Tell your family, friends, classmates and everyone in your community who helped with your fundraising efforts.  They will want to follow along and hear about all of your epic travel stories!

Check out our Franklin Team’s travel blog who traveled to Peru in 2011!

Happy Writing!

Check out some pictures for our 2012 destinations

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“Life Begins Where Your Comfort Zone Ends!”

27 04 2012

When embarking on your World Challenge expedition, remember to expect the unexpected. I don’t mean being prepared equipment-wise, I mean being prepared mentally to step outside your comfort zone!

On my World Challenge trip to Ecuador we got to try things we never thought we’d get the opportunity to do (and never thought we’d actually try!). From dancing to traditional Ecuadorian music with performers, to getting a spiritual treatment from a shaman in the Amazon, or standing up while white water rafting, to eating lemon ants (not nearly as gross as you’d think!). Of course, we were all a little apprehensive at first, but in the end they were all awesome experiences we’ll never forget!

So, remember, while safety always comes first, once in a lifetime experiences come second! Don’t be afraid to try new things – in fact, embrace them! You will regret it a lot more if you don’t at least give it a chance.

No matter your destination, you will be given opportunities you should not pass up on. Whether it’s just tasting the local food or taking calculated risks, be ready to try something different!

We weren’t the only ones who ate bugs, check this out! And if you were intrigued by the white water rafting, you’ll love this even more!


Color Your Teams World!

7 04 2012

Start training and fundraising for expedition, and have a blast with your teammates this summer at The Color Run!

As a team, or as an individual, ask for donations for running the race, that will go towards your World Challenge Expedition and to cover your race fee for the Color Run.

The Color Run!

Tips for Earning Money

  • Write a sponsorship letter (or email us for a template) to tell friends, family members, and local businesses what you’re doing and why it’s important.  Spread the word in-person, on Facebook, and over email (your parents can help too).
  • Set up a donation account.
  • Consider supporting a local charity (give half to a community organization and put the other half towards your expedition).  Check out who the Color Run is already sponsoring by emailing
  • Start NOW

We Got a Dollar, We Got a Dollar, We Got a Dollar, Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey!

6 04 2012

The internet is full of great ways to fundraise for your World Challenge expedition, so why not start with a donations Webpage!

Websites like let you create your own personalized page where you can collect donations. You can add how much money you need to raise, tell your World Challenge story, and allow friends and family to make donations towards your expedition.

Webpages like this are the perfect place to tell your donors why you have chosen to participate in World Challenge, and explain how you plan to meet your goals!

It is also a great tool you can use to collect donations for an event or a group fundraiser like a Polar Plunge or a public Auction.

Be sure to spread the word through social media outlets like twitter, facebook, email or through your own blog. Once your first dollar comes in, you’ll be eager to earn more!

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