Information Meeting

Friday, October 13, 2017
4:00 PM
Alfred Lerner Hall, East Ramp Lounge

In partnership with the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, Choose a Challenge offers 20 explorers from Columbia & Barnard the chance to follow in the footsteps of the early 20th Century adventurers as you cross the high Peruvian Andes in search of Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. The trek departs from the bustling colonial mountain town of Cusco and winds its way through breathtaking mountain passes, past sacred mountains and through humid jungle trails to reach the fabled ruins of Machu Picchu.

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But how does this work?

Here at Choose a Challenge, we have a wholly unique model which combines the best of adventure travel with the opportunity to do an amazing thing for others. 50% of your minimum fundraising target will go towards the cost of your adventure and the other 50%+ will go towards the incredible work of the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation. As such our trips cost you very little. 

Trip Costs

Registration fees (you pay): $490 

Fundraising target (you raise): $3,000-$4,000

Extended Return Option (you choose):  +$675






Optional Extension Trip: Chill Out in Huacachina

meet the team

For the Barnard/Columbia 2018 Challenge, Choose a Challenge are working with Claire Short to lead 20 adventurers to the lost city of the Incas. This Challenge will be in aid of the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation

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Samaha Hossain

School: Barnard College
Major: American Studies



Samaha is an undergrgraduate student at Barnard College (potentially) studying American Studies. She's a member of the McIntosch Activities Council so she knows how to get events up and running! She's super excited to lead her team on campus this year and raise for B+! 



Carly Bergstein

Program Director
Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation

B+ honors the life of Andrew McDonough. Andrew battled leukemia, septic shock and complications of childhood cancer for 167 days before passing away on July 14, 2007, at the age of 14. Andrew’s B+ blood type became his family’s and friends’ motto throughout his fight against childhood cancer — to “Be Positive”. Currently we are the largest provider of financial assistance to families of kids with cancer in the United States. 


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Nick Giampiccolo

Nick is the Head of Student Challenges with Choose a Challenge and he will be working closely with the team at Columbia. If you have any questions, please feel to email or message him on Facebook.

Facebook:  Nick Chooseachallenge
email: Support@chooseachallenge.com


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