British Schools Expedition Society News

BSES – The British Schools Expedition Society is one of the largest organisations responsible for taking school kids and gap year students on expeditions to remote places.They are currently looking for chief leaders for some of their 2008 and 2009 expeditions. Benefits include: ·         Unique opportunity to create and lead the expedition of your dreams! –         All expenses paid reconnaissance trip ·         Take part in selecting your own leader team ·         Present your expedition at the Royal Geographical Society ·         Contribute to our log of nearly 75 years of expeditioning ·         £2000 Honorarium!   To be considered for this position the applicant is likely to have: ·         Experience of leading and managing teams. ·         Experience with Young People. ·         A scientific / mountaineering or expedition background. ·         Free time to devote to the planning of the expedition. ·         Familiarity with computer packages such as Word and Excel. ·         Access to email. ·         An ability to organise efficiently and effectively.   2008 – We are recruiting a Chief Leader for the Amazon and for the Leadership Development expeditions. 2009 – Destinations for 2009 are yet to be decided, now is the chance to put forward your proposals for expeditions to either arctic, mountain, rainforest or desert environments. Alternatively you can apply to be a Chief leader without stating destination.  If this opportunity to lead a group of Young Explorers in a remote part of the world appeals to you, download a proposal template or contact Sarah-Jane or Will in the BSES Office on 0207-591-3141 or   Deadline for 2008 proposals is Monday 5th June with interviews at the RGS on Monday 12th June. BSES expedition to South Greenland 1992   They are also introducing a new Mentoring scheme: The aim of the new Mentoring Scheme to actively assist and enable Young Explorers to undertake and complete successful fundraising.BSES are looking for former Young Explorers, leaders, parents and supporters of BSES in their recruitment of mentors. They would also welcome associations with companies that may wish to provide their top graduates with the opportunity to help young people, perhaps even as part of their CSR programme; possibly underwriting the Young Explorers fundraising.  Mentors will be required to sign up and commit to up to a year of support for a Young Explorer living close to them, starting in summer 2006. They estimate a day or two a month would be required. BSES will be able to cover travel and other associated expenses, some of which will be payable on reaching the fundraising target. They are hoping to offer 50 mentored places on the 2007 expeditions, and are recruiting the mentors now. More detailed information and an application form will be available on the website in due course, but please email the office now to be sent further information Closing date for applications is July 2006. They are also seeking an Events, Membership and Fundraising Co-ordinator to be based at their offices in South Kensington, London – £15,000 per annum BSES Website