“Building a better future for everyone” is, in simple terms, why Outlook Expeditions exists.The company was born out of a desire to help young people in the UK develop core skills, character and resilience, whilst also contributing to worthwhile causes in the developing world.
It’s also one of the reasons I joined the industry over 12 years ago and what still motivates me today in my role as Managing Director.
I’ve always felt however, that ‘building a better future’ as a pledge or a desire isn’t enough to bring about real change. It can be a catch-all term used too frequently and without real purpose behind it.
What’s needed to solve the world’s big problems – poverty, hunger, climate change, to name a few – are clear action plans and a commitment to work together as a global community.
This is where the “17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development” come in…
What are the 17 Global Goals?
How they impact our work:
We use the Global Goals in a number of ways in our work as an expedition provider to schools and young people:
HOW WE'RE DOING OUR BIT
Much of our contribution to the achievement of the goals comes from our work with overseas Global Citizenship initiatives. Every year we send hundreds of young people and leaders out to developing countries to work on projects that help with many of the 17 Goals.
Here is just a tiny selection of the scores of projects we work across the globe:
Turtle Trax Project (Costa Rica) helps monitor and protect sea turtles around the coastline of Nicoya Peninsula.
Feedback Madagascar – works in all areas of rural development including education, health, agriculture, the environment and income-generation.
Marine Conservation (Borneo) - combines scuba diving with important marine conservation.
Our expeditions help to contribute to the economic stability and growth of the countries and communities we visit. By using local services, we’re helping to provide decent work opportunities and enabling communities to develop their own sustainable income streams.
We use a whole range of companies and individuals on the ground to help us deliver the planned itineraries for our participants. From trekking guides and activity providers to family homestays and other community-based accommodation – we make sure that we use local services whereby the money we pay goes straight into the pockets of the local people and not an international corporation or middle man.
LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR STUDENTS
Another important contribution to the achievement of the goals is spreading the word and educating others on how they can help.
Our expedition programmes are designed for students to gain:
Equipping young people with this knowledge and these tools can have a hugely positive impact on our ability to solve the world’s biggest issues, not only in the short term but in a future proof, sustainable way.
Every year, I see first-hand how our students grow as a result of the expedition experience. It makes me immensely proud but also excited to see what they will go on to achieve in the future.
The 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development website includes more information, targets and action plans for each of the goals. with an overview of each of the goals and more in-depth targets and action plans for each.
The World’s Largest Lesson website is an amazing source of information and ideas for action for both schools and students.
One of our current favourite goal related campaigns is BE FEARLESS AND KIND designed to inspire kids to have the compassion, empathy and courage to stand up to others, include everyone, and make a difference in their community.