Throughout the Summer we’ve dealt with hundreds of questions about who we are and what we stand for. It’s natural that in the course of growing from 25 teams travelling in 2019 to over 40 teams set to travel in 2020 that some basic fundamentals of who we are get lost in the sauce. So in this weeks blog, here is Simon, our CEO, answering some of those pressing questions that come up time and time again.
August is Responsible Tourism Month at Choose a Challenge and our latest carbon offsetting offering for our participants is just one of the many ways we’ve set ourselves apart as a premier responsible tour operator amongst college students.
It’s true. We’re launching a brand new extended travel option and it’s for our Machu Picchu challenge! Read all about what the new Amazon Explorer extension trip has to offer.
Hear first-hand about Hunter’s experience working as an In-Country Operative for Choose a Challenge and his time living in Kathmandu for one month helping our student trekkers take on their Everest Base Camp adventure.
To take on a challenge with Choose a Challenge, we require all our trekkers to have comprehensive insurance. Please read our requirements and recommendations here.
This is the first of a three part blog series detailing Micayla’s experience as a Campus Leader for Choose a Challenge. She recounts her journey from signing up to lead, all the way to the Roof of Africa. Learn to appreciate targeted ads, step out of your comfort zone, and make the best of whatever life throws at you.
A first-hand experience from our Choose a Challenge team member, Ben, along with a team of 20 other students and staff, about taking on a marathon in the beautiful city of Edinburgh, Scotland. He discusses what it is like to explore Scotland’s capital for the first time and run in our Edinburgh Marathon Challenge.
Our May/June 2019 trips are full wrapped up and preparations for next year’s challenges are in full swing. On average, this year’s trips received an overall rating of 9.3/10, However, there’s always room for improvement! In this blog, we’ve put together our five greatest takeaways from our 2019 challenges.
“Life’s not about the big events. It’s about everything and everybody in-between.” Here’s one of our recent trekkers from UConn, Zack Stone, talking about his experience climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in May 2019.
Our team recently sat down and revisited what our core values are as a company and how we’re making strides to provide much more than just an international challenge for our student participants.
Whether you’re a seasoned Choose a Challenge trekker or independent traveler in your own right, there are a lot of opportunities to use the photos, blogs, videos and experiences you’ve collected into tangible tools to help you build your own professional and social media brand. Here’s our staff’s short list of tips to help you turn travel content that you already have into a marketable asset.
In this month’s newsletter, we reveal the details of our annual content competition and how to enter if you trekked with us in May 2019. Plus other ways you can get your content featured!
Our team is constantly taking on new team members. We deep dived in on what it is which makes the foundations of a good team. Whether your looking for a student leadership position or a graduate job, this post gives you an insight into what it it that Choose a Challenge look for when building new teams.
Real student feedback from our May 2019 trips. We’ll have more feedback on the way, but here were some of our favorite testimonials from some of our teams:
Who doesn’t love a good photo to share on social media? We sure do! After recently visiting Peru herself, Gabby has compiled the most Instagram-worthy places in Cusco.
You made it! You’re here, your bags are packed and you’ve planned ahead for almost everything…except maybe a little extra time on your hands. Here’s our staff’s top five picks on how to keep yourself occupied at the airport.
The Tanzanian Government has instituted a ban on the "import, export, manufacture, selling, storing, distribution, supply, possession and use" of plastic bags and plastic wrappings. We debrief what you need to know and how it will affect packing for your Mt. Kilimanjaro trip.
In the spirit of our company value to create communities, we make it a point to meet those in our program as much as we can. Recently, we set off on a road trip to visit some of the campuses we work on in upstate NY. Not only did this give us the opportunity with students in our program in-person, but it also gave us the chance to see some truly amazing places along the way!
It’s departure season all over again at Choose a Challenge USA and for a lot of our travelers. This means preparing for what, for many, will be their first large scale adventure travel event taking place in a foreign country.
Have friends and family that want to see how you're doing and where you are along your trek? Check out our social media guide on how you and your loved ones can be informed at all times while you're abroad on your adventure.