Since Scott first went to the Antarctic, every explorer will tell you that the planning and funding of an expedition is a crucial part of the experience – and it takes a lot longer than the expedition itself. We want the ‘lead-up’ to your expedition to be as rewarding, and as memorable, as possible. We think we have come up with the best possible way for you to start your journey, boost your fundraising and maximise your journey to expedition.
Earn your way to the Peruvian Amazon, The Indian Himalayas or the Canadian Yukon. For the first time British Exploring is teaming up with vInspired to offer our explorers a new way to fund their expedition through social action. Social action is about doing something practical that makes a positive change. This could be volunteering, fundraising, campaigning, setting up a social enterprise or any action that has a positive impact on both yourself and other people.
Taking part in Social Action is one of the most rewarding ways to give back to society, whether you’re helping individuals, your local community or beyond.
We have teamed up with vInspired to make earning your Explorer Miles as easy as possible - follow the steps below and start crediting your expedition account immediately.
1: Create your account on vInspired (www.vinspired.com).
2: Enter your postcode to find volunteering opportunities local to you or create your own volunteering or social action project.
3: Sign up for an opportunity and start logging your hours (for full terms and conditions click here).
If you already volunteer or have a project that does not appear on the vInspired website you can still credit your hours and earn Explorer Miles. Simply select the “Add Volunteering” button and enter the details of your social action project.
We will give out the Explorer Miles like this:
10 Hours = 100 Explorer Miles = v10 badge = £100 off your expedition cost
30 Hours = 300 Explorer Miles = v30 badge = £300 off your expedition cost
50 Hours = 500 Explorer Miles = v50 badge = £500 off your expedition cost
100 Hours = 1000 Explorer Miles = v100 badge = £1000 off your expedition cost
All hours are validated by the organisation for which you volunteer and by British Exploring.
The Explorer Miles scheme is the perfect opportunity for you to approach local businesses for match funding. Match Funding is when a business or organisation offers to match (or part match) your fundraising efforts with a donation.
You are giving local businesses double benefit for their donation. Not only are they supporting your local social action project but they also help fund your personal development through your British Exploring expedition. When you sign up for an expedition we will send you a template letter explaining the project so you can write to as many local businesses as possible. Here are a few tips to make sure your project gets in front of the right person:
“Being a Youth Adventure Trust volunteer has been an incredibly rewarding experience. I've learnt new skills, met like-minded people and been lucky enough to spend time in beautiful parts of the UK, partaking in activities I would never have had the chance to do otherwise. There is a real sense in achievement in seeing a group of young people develop and grow over the camp, and pride in knowing that in some small way, I've contributed to giving these young people an invaluable experience. Looking back on it now I realise I've grown in unexpected ways too. . I wholeheartedly recommend volunteering to anyone and can't think of a better way to dedicate my time.”
Megan Daly - Explorer Coordinator