Rather than tell you why we think the work that we do at British Exploring is so valuable, we believe it is better to let the young people who take part in our expeditions share their own experiences. It means a great deal to us to receive such positive and kind words from our young explorers and we hope that their words demonstrate how impactful our model of youth development is.

Please note that many of our explorers use the term 'fire' in their entries, this is used to describe a group of explorers on an expedition. 
There are typically a number of Fires on an expedition whom are lead and supported by our leaders.


If you are interested in finding out more about expeditions, you can visit our Explore with us page.


Harriet, Himalayas 2016

The expedition has been a life changing adventure that I definitely didn't expect, with some incredible memories and some amazing people that won’t ever be forgotten.

The expeditions that you go on are created around what you want to do as a fire. Nothing is set in stone. You choose where you want to go when you get to base camp, what you want to do, how many days you want to go out for. You decide as a fire not just the leaders telling you.

Claire, Himalayas 2016

A challenging, exhausting, and exhilarating expedition where we saw golden eagles, collected data, played about with cameras, and summited mountains.

The expedition was special because it took a group of like-minded adventurous people into the wild where we could challenge ourselves and support each other towards extreme goals. This created a special community.

Isaac, Himalayas 2016

To quote Nigel (Leader), an adventure is where the outcome is unknown. I loved every minute of what was a life changing experience with some amazing people. I feel I learnt valuable skills and am now in a position to go on to do an awful lot more than I would otherwise have been able to.

Nick, Himalayas 2016

The expedition has been a mesmerising, eye-opening experience. Not only did it push us to vastly remote locations, but also challenged us physically with the issue of altitude. It also made us feel independent and in control of everything while we were out there.

Claire, Amazon 2016

Jack and Rachael (leaders) were amazing and the whole fire were surprised by how close we had got with them by the end of the trip, truly felt safe and cared for by them whilst also having a lot of fun and getting stuck in with us. Trainee Leader Hannah struck a lot of us particularly as she was so helpful when we first arrived and did an amazing job at helping us to settle in. When she was with our fire you wouldn't have been able to tell she was a trainee leader, she directed us and helped us just as much as Jack and Rachael did and we were very sad to see her go to another fire.

What makes British Exploring unique is the ability for them to make you feel like your part of something wider than just the three weeks that you are on expedition. It sparks a personal journey longer than those three weeks and there is also a sense of belonging to the history and companionship of the society once you're involved.

The expedition was an unmissable opportunity and the best three weeks of my life so far. Once in a lifetime experience with lifelong friendships made.

Kayla, Amazon 2016

My expedition to the Peruvian Amazon was action packed and mentally stimulating. Through a combination of fantastic leaders and motivated Young Explorers I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the trip.

Dasha, Amazon 2016

Life changing. I have learnt more about myself than I ever thought I could know, a journey of self-discovery. British Exploring attracts such a unique blend of people, you are definitely going to meet some friends for life - like minded people you never knew were out there that are just like you. 

Georgina, Amazon 2016

My expedition was amazing. I have made a great group of like-minded friends who shared my 3-week experience in the Amazon Rainforest. I loved it all and have already forgotten the annoying flies and bugs. It was incredible to experience such a diverse environment.

Megan, Amazon 2016

The best experience I've ever had and I've made friends for life. I really challenged myself and had the constant support of leaders and other fire members. I have so many memories that I will never forget.

Kiriana, Amazon 2016

On a British Exploring expedition, you really do feel like you are on an expedition where you have to put in the work to see the reward - from the fundraising to collecting water while you are there, it's definitely a challenge, however you are always fully supported by the leaders.

Charlie, Amazon 2016

From seeing Woolly Monkeys on the Pini Pini ridge, to a snake in our latrine, the British Exploring Peru trip was an unforgettable and unique experience. Although it was sometimes challenging physically and mentally, looking back on it now, I can safely say I enjoyed every minute.