Why lead with us

We recruit highly skilled leaders who work cohesively to deliver personal development through exploration and scientific investigation in some of the world’s most fascinating environments.

Our leaders have the ability to inspire, motivate, encourage and develop our explorers in a positive, safe and yet challenging environment. As a charity all leader positions are undertaken on a voluntary basis and our leaders join for the intrinsic value of exploration, adventure, science and the development of young people. We provide comprehensive training prior to each expedition and supports all leaders through various personal and professional development opportunities.

In a survey conducted with Leaders who have volunteered with us over the last five years, our Leaders said:

• 85% said they were better at their day job as a result of volunteering with British Exploring
• 100% list their British Exploring Leader work on their CV
• 74% say volunteering with us has furthered their career
• 75% say it has allowed them to use their skills in a new way.
• 100% have also acquired new skills. 

In addition to the benefit they bring to young people, 94% of our leaders say that volunteering with us builds their self-esteem, with 90% of them feeling more confident as a result. 


To find out more about our leader opportunities and current expeditions visit our Lead with us page, or click on the button below to apply.

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Our approach

Be involved: Fluid and dynamic expedition itineraries. Input, influence and help devise the expedition programme of adventure, science & media. We provide the framework, you expand.
Be valued: High quality training and personal development opportunities for all leaders. Return year on year and develop a long standing relationship with British Exploring.
Be wild: Ambitious and challenging, our expeditions visit truly wild locations and experience the world’s most spectacular environments.
Be unique: Be challenged, be tested and stand out. Enhance your CV with the original expedition company. Be scientific: Great adventure meets meaningful science. Incorporate your own area of expertise and deliver top quality scientific fieldwork.
Be professional: Access our high quality Training Programme and develop technical, leadership and facilitation skills.
Be yourself: From academia to the military, education to medicine, social work to professional science, outdoor education to professional exploration; whatever your field, join the team.
Be equipped: Receive exclusive discounts with retailers for all your outdoor equipment needs.

During expedition

• Continued technical training and acclimatisation
• Senior Leadership from world class expedition professionals
• The opportunity to lead and develop an adventurous and scientific expedition programme that exhilarates, challenges and inspires
• Experience some of the world’s most spectacular and inspiring locations
• Expand your leadership skills by going to more remote and challenging locations than any other expedition organisation
• All accommodation and subsistence (incl. expedition rations and fresh food)
•  All basic expedition and group equipment (e.g. tents, stoves)
• All required technical and safety equipment (e.g. ropes, climbing helmets & harnesses)
• The latest communications technology (e.g. satellite phones, yellowbricks, VHF radios)
• 24/7 support network based in the UK 
• In country agents providing localised expertise

Not sure what is means to be a British Exploring Leader? Take a look at the above video from our summer 2016 expedition to the Peruvian Amazon to get an idea.

Before expedition

• Support throughout the application process from our dedicated and friendly team
• Full induction to the British Exploring Society
• Full expedition training
• Travel expenses for training events
• Membership benefits including discounts with equipment retailors
• Free branded expedition t-shirt
• Free 16hr wilderness first aid course
• Access to the leader CPD programme and discounted courses

After expedition

• Expedition debrief day
• Invitation to our prestigious Annual Gathering
• Put British Exploring on your CV
• Be considered for future British Exploring leadership opportunities with all costs covered.
• Continue on the pathway towards a Chief Leader position
• Continued access to the leader CPD programme
• Continued leader newsletters with up to date info, details of further training courses and events.