Heading out into the big wide world to take up a charity challenge will undoubtedly give your endeavour an extra thrilling edge, writes timeoutdoors' Challenges Editor Elaine Aronson.
You can experience some of the most dramatic, spectacular and awe-inspiring places on Earth, and it’s a simple solution to the problem of making your noble venture stand out from the crowd. There's also the alluring prospect of combining the challenge with a short, possible recuperative, spot of rest and relaxation while you're out there.
Examples of charity overseas challenges include overseas charity treks, overseas charity bike rides, overseas marathons and runs. The South American jungle, the African mountains, European ski slopes - the possible destinations are virtually endless with some of the most popular destinations including Kilimanjaro, Everest base camp, Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China and London to Paris bike rides.
FACTORS TO CONSIDER
It's often best to undertake these excursions as part of a group. You will find strength in numbers and the support and camaraderie of your fellow trekkers, rafters, climbers, jumpers or riders will prove invaluable when it comes to completing the adventure.
Make no mistake about it, these challenges are not easy. While heading overseas may well make the whole thing more exciting, it also brings an additional issues to consider.
For example, you may need to adapt your training to suit conditions you might expect, but cannot replicate in Britain. It might be hot and sunny, for instance! Having the right equipment is also vital. It’s all totally worth it though, once you’re out there and doing it for real.
A week of adventure centred around Mount Edith Cavell in Jasper National Park, Canada. The challenge is open to all and the week will be tailor made to suit the individual with activities including kayaking, white water rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing and the ultimate challenge - an ascent of Mount Edith Cavell. Something for everyone!
From London-Paris to epic rides across Vietnam and Burma, there's a fantastic choice of cycling events all over the world for anyone who wants to get out there.
Cycle India's sprawling mountains, white sandy beaches and urban cities to arrive at the majestic Taj Mahal. Join a group of fellow adventurers and cycle India.
Charity treks are the perfect excuse and opportunity to explore somewhere new. Whether it’s a trek in the Himalayas, a mountain and/or desert challenge in Morocco or a jungle trek in Borneo, there’s a place and an experience to suit everyone.
The largest free-standing mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro has long been a staple of the charitable trekkers’ diet, and with good reason. The scenery during the ascent, and the views from the summit, are absolutely breathtaking.
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Join our herd on a 400km challenge to the foothills of Kilimanjaro. Camp under the stars and transform the lives of Africa's poorest; families who are growing their way out of poverty for good.
Take on this incredible challenge and trek along one of the Seven Wonders of the World, surrounded by stunning scenery and immersed in fascinating Chinese culture.
Explore one of the most awe-inspiring creations of modern society. This challenge is a must for any adventurer who wants to immerse themselves in China's rich culture.
Burma's diversity of landscape, culture and people make it unquestionably one of the region's most fascinating and captivating countries.
The iconic Everest Base Camp trek is undoubtedly one of the most challenging treks you can take on, but the sheer thrill and unrivalled sense of achievement on reaching Base Camp are truly unbeatable.
Home-Start: one of the UK’s leading family support charities.
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