The Infinity Programme
Providing transformative opportunities: A mixed ability expedition over land and sea
British Exploring Society (BES) and Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) are delivering one of the most ambitious youth development programmes in the world; a multi-year expedition programme for disabled and non-disabled Young Explorers.
BES and JST combined have over 125 years’ experience in creating and delivering personal development through adventure – JST at sea, BES in deserts, mountains, jungles and the arctic. Both charities understand the value of genuine, intensive immersion in challenging experiences and are committed to the principles of high-quality voluntarism. Both organisations recognise that they have much to learn from each other and know that through collaboration each can become more sustainable and extend its impact.
In October 2018 BES and JST will be running a pilot programme based in the UK. This will support 28 young people and will be used as the model to develop the full scale programme in 2019.
The first full expedition in our proposed multi-year programme will be from Scotland to a Nordic country in 2019. The Infinity Expedition programme includes pre-training and induction in the UK, and an overseas phase running for four weeks in August 2019 and a follow up at our Next Steps event in October 2019.
During every stage of the programme the young people will develop an appreciation of teamwork and the importance of self-discipline and personal responsibility. They will improve their personal organisation, time management and communication skills, and learn to be trusted and trust others. They will gain positive interactions and a sense of fun though physical hard work and learn new skills. Crucially, participants will gain knowledge of, respect for and empathy for different social groups, and a better appreciation of the abilities and potential of others.