Raise Funds!

28 03 2014

Well, the first batch of schools have come back from spending their Spring breaks in some of the most beautiful places on this planet!  Naturally, we beg for everyone’s feedback so we can make sure we’re at the top of our game! 

The #1 way students say to raise funds for their World Challenge expedition?


Students found it easier to raise their funds by working part-time.  It led to “consistent income” and many found that the companies they worked for were even willing to donate some funds to help their employees out! The jobs that some of our Challengers are doing? Bagging groceries, tutoring, working over the summer at a camp, bussing tables at a restaurant, landscaping and more.

Some other Challengers found some new twists on ways to raise funds.  One spent his afternoons offering to detail cars at his parents’ places of business. Another started selling items online for people who didn’t have time or knowledge how to navigate places like Craigslist or eBay.  “Let’s face it – I can make loads more doing something I enjoy on a regular basis than just waiting for group fundraising activities” said one of our Challengers.

How much did they make?  These Challengers who raised funds without relying on schools and family said they paid for over 85% of their expeditions. “It’s having regular income that’s key” said another Challenger. 

Some of the Challengers ran their own special “adventure-thon” to prepare for their expeditions.  They wore their gear and hiked for the weekend, walked 10 miles in their boots, or did a mini expedition on home turf first, but they asked for sponsors. “I had friends, family and neighbors sponsoring me per mile. It worked out great because I broke in my boots, got used to carrying my backpack for an extended period of time, and raised money for my trip!”

Many have also begun taking advantage of the new link available on the Fundraising tab of My World Challenge.  “I mailed out my personal link to my entire family and told them about my upcoming World Challenge expedition and why it was important to me.  I asked them to donate any little bit they could so I could have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and promised to take loads of pictures to share. I still can’t believe how generous everyone was!”

We want to know your most successful ways of raising funds! Please keep giving us the feedback so we know what works and can pass it on!



17 09 2013

When shopping for gear for your expedition, it’s best to plan as far ahead as possible.  You’ll want time to break in your boots, feel comfortable carrying weight on your back, and knowledgeable about what’s in your gear.

Because everyone comes in all shapes and sizes, we recommend that you check out reviews online. For example, someone who is shorter may find they want a smaller pack than the average, standard size. The same applies to folks that might be on the taller side.  Unless you are perfectly “average” size, you’ll want to be fitted for a backpack to make sure you are comfortable throughout your expedition.

Footwear is important.  Check out reviews of footwear, but also Google “best footwear for hiking in …” as you may find useful tips online. 

We’d love to recommend a one-stop-shop, but our best recommendation is to check reviews on sites like Amazon.com as well as Google.  Then stop at REI, EMS, Kittery Trading Post or Dick’s Sporting Goods and pick up your gear.  For some of the essentials such as your mess kit, you can find deals at your local Army-Navy store.  Don’t forget that you can find what you’ll need for your expedition on your MyWorldChallenge site.

Then, help the next person out by posting your own review! And don’t forget, we always love to see pictures of your footwear both before and after your trek!

Happy shopping!


Mielie – Bring South Africa to Your Table

16 02 2012

Mielie, also known as maize or an ear of corn, has long been the basis of African cuisine. In South Africa, each community has different preferences when it comes to eating mielie but certain dishes do have the approval of all. Some examples of recipes are; fresh “green” mielies roasted and eaten on the cob, dried and broken maize kernels called samp (samp and beans!), and dried maize kernels ground fine into maize-meal, which is used for everything from porridge to dumplings.

Try whipping up this simple recipe with baby Mielies at home!

Mielies with butter

Baby Mielies with Smoked Butter, Chillies, Lemon and Garlic

For the butter:
1 stick of salted butter, softened
1 stick of smoked butter, softened
2 red chillies, seeds removed, finely chopped
the finely grated zest of a lemon
a squeeze of lemon juice
a big clove of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
4 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh coriander
salt and black pepper.

Two pints (or packages) of baby mielies, or 6 whole mielies cut into thirds.

To make the flavoured butter, combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Go easy on the salt, though, as the butter is already salted. Pack the butter into a small bowl and place in the fridge to firm up.

Grill the baby mielies over a medium flame, until just tender, or cook in a griddle pan.

Serve hot with the cold butter and enjoy!

Who Doesn’t Love Cookies?

12 12 2011

Almost everyone likes cookies, especially around the holidays!  Sugar cookies and gingerbread men are just as fun to eat as they are to decorate!

Yummy!  Set up a Cookie Decorating Station in your cafeteria and let your classmates create delicious masterpieces!

1. Pick a day and a time. Lunch period is easy, and you can eat your lunch while you fundraise!  You could do it for a week straight, or just a few days.

2. Price it right. Figure out how much you are going to spend on baking and decorating supplies, and how much you will need to charge per cookie to make a profit. 

3. Plan the event. Make sure you have permission to set up shop in your school’s cafeteria during lunch period!  Then, put your aprons on, break out those cookbooks, and start whipping up some gingerbread men and delicious sugar cookies! (Of course you can always buy them pre-made or buy cookie dough) Figure out who can man the station during each lunch and collect money! Wear your World Challenge t-shirts!

4. Get the word out and set up!  Get a shout out on your morning announcements, tell your friends, and put fliers around your school.  Make sure you have a large enough table/station set up for people to decorate!

World Challenge Photo Gallery

21 11 2011

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Do You Have An Extreme Bucket List?

16 11 2011

Do you have a bucket list of what you want to accomplish on expedition, or places you want to see around the world?

CHECK IT OUT– National Geographic tells us their picks for ultimate adventures around the world in their extreme bucket list .

Don’t think you’ll ever be able to experience these National Geographic wonders?  No fear Challengers; World Challenge goes to some of these destinations every year!

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Not Your Average Fundraiser: Dodgeball

15 11 2011

This month, organize a Dodgeball Tournament!

What better way to get all of your classmates together than for a fun night of dodgeball, and you’ll earn money for your team’s World Challenge Expedition!

1. Pick a day and a time. Pick a night during the week when most of the student body and faculty seem to be free from other commitments.

2. Price it right. Charge a fixed rate for each team who signs up and will be participating in the event.

3. Plan the event. Your high school gym would be a perfect place to host the tournament, so get permission first! Next, advertise that your classmates should form a team (groups of 5 are a good number for a team) and sign up before the event. They should all wear a “team uniform” to the event. You will need to make a bracket system so you keep track of which team’s play who and how team’s will advance:


Create rules for the event, and make sure everyone knows them before they play. Make sure that you have referee’s and a host for the event! Decide what you are going to award the winning team at the end and get an awesome soundtrack to play all night long!

4. Get the word out. Give yourself at least two weeks to plaster your school with fliers and posters, and give your participants enough time to form groups and sign up!

5. Set-up. Get to your location at least two beforehand to set up all the stations! Decide who is going to be in charge of what and have fun!


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