Please help me fundraise for the 2021 expedition to the Peruvian Amazon
I have been awarded a place on a 3-week British Exploring Society expedition to the Peruvian Amazon this summer. This will be an extraordinary opportunity to experience the Amazon and learn about one of the world’s most fragile and valuable ecosystems.
British Exploring Society expeditions are about experiencing life in the wild first-hand and discover the world in a way that no textbook can teach you. They combine wilderness adventure and scientific research projects, sending young people from different backgrounds from across the UK into unknown worlds.
How much money do I need to raise for the charity?
The first part of the challenge that the British Exploring Society sets its Young Explorers is to fundraise for the charity. While places on the expedition are largely funded by grants, trust and generous donors, it is important that expeditioners contribute back to the BES and show our commitment. Our expedition’s fundraising challenge is the Dwayne Fields Challenge, named after the young British-Jamaican explorer, and I have a target of £3,000 to raise by 10 May 2021.
Fundraising Contribution Amount
1st Contribution - £300 - 13/11/20
2nd Contribution - £1050 - 11/01/21
3rd Contribution - £1050 - 29/03/21
4th Contribution - £600 - 10/05/21
What will the expedition be like?
The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is the second largest protected area within the Peruvian Amazon. Unlike other areas of the Amazon rainforest, the temperature in Pacaya Samiria remain relatively constant throughout the year with rainfall decreasing slightly during June, July and August when the expedition is due to take place. Despite this rainfall throughout the year is much higher than you might expect in the UK and explorers can expect daytime temperatures of up to 32 degrees with temperatures at night falling as low as 22 degrees and a constant high level of humidity.
The expedition will involve cutting our way through dense vegetation, exploring hidden jungle valleys and remote cochas (lakes) and under-taking scientific research, including species counts and recording wildlife with camera traps. The terrain is rugged and rough, there are no paths to follow (or open spaces) and we will be trekking through rainforest over muddy and slippery terrain. It will be hot and wet, and we will need to protect ourselves from biting insects and other hazards.
I am Juno Harrowes, 16 years old and living in Acton, West London. I go to Twyford CofE School and am studying A Level Geography, Sociology and Drama. I have always enjoyed walking and outdoor activities with my family and have achieved my Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
For me, the expedition will allow me to pursue my future ambitions to work within environmental protection and sustainability projects. I hope that it will also build my confidence, develop my courage to engage with new opportunities, and give me the ability to push myself to achieve when challenges seem beyond reach. And I know that I will form great friendships, just like my mum did when she went on a British Exploring Expedition to Iceland in the 80s.
What is the British Exploring Society?
BES is a world-class youth development charity which empowers and equips young people with the courage, resilience and determination to make the most of their future. Established in 1932, they have organised over 100 expeditions across all seven continents with over 10,000 leaders and explorers having taken part. Initially an organisation which offered places to young men from predominantly private school backgrounds, the charity is now determinedly pursuing a strategy of engaging with young people from diverse communities and backgrounds.
The BES establish what skills and support a young person will need to feel prepared to take part in an expedition, be it their first time camping in the wilderness or their first travel away from home. This includes joining a UK-based induction and training event and working towards a fundraising challenge, supported by British Exploring Society HQ Staff and professional volunteer Leaders.
While on expedition, Young Explorers are split into groups called “Fires”. The charity wants to help young people to appreciate their own strengths and skills within a group setting and be able to support those of the other Young Explorers around them. The charity hopes that we will acquire empowering real-life knowledge, ideas and understanding about the world, and be introduced to different perspectives.
None of the BES expeditions have an itinerary, instead Young Explorers are empowered with skills which enable them to have the confidence and agency to shape their own expeditions, focusing on positive risk-taking, increased responsibility and overcoming challenges.
The expedition’s highly skilled Leaders work in a variety of different fields, including archaeology, biological sciences, geography, law, education, social work, media and medicine, providing Young Explorers with individual support, rich learning opportunities and illuminating perspectives on potential paths through adult life. They volunteer hundreds of hours to support our training and expedition delivery.
- Pnny Williams
- IAN STOODLEY
- Peter and Gina Burrows
- Megan Wheldon
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