These are both ends in themselves and a means to further young people’s development.
In order to participate, young people must share in the planning and the fundraising. This helps to build teamwork, responsibility and self confidence.
Our projects tend to have one of two elements. Either they are volunteer based projects which require our team to work alongside local people on a project or they involve a serious physical challenge, such as Bike Europe I and II.
We hope that the experience of being in a different environment helps young people
- to develop an understanding of the global community;
- to develop a closer relationship together and build on the trust relationships with their youth leaders;
- to develop in their self confidence and self esteem, and
- to develop their ‘soft’ skills around listening, understanding, speaking up, resolving disputes and team work.