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What will students see and do?
A trip to Africa is a life-changing experience for visitors of any age. For children, the impact can form who they become as adults. If you wish to offer your students such an opportunity, be sure to check out Orbis Expeditions, a Devon-based enterprise offering ethical educational trips to Malawi.
Orbis Expeditions aims to introduce students to the UN Global Goals for sustainable development – creating global citizens. It also supports teachers with embedding the objectives into the curriculum: there are 17 key goals, including ending poverty, reducing inequality, promoting climate action and providing high-quality education.
To achieve this, Orbis partners with locations in Malawi to offer unique travel packages. Expeditions are planned according to the needs and budgets of your group, and Orbis can offer its experience and expertise to help you arrange transport.
A typical trip will see students staying in a lodge on Lake Malawi, where they will engage with the community and enjoy recreational activities. They will work in the local villages on community projects like building classrooms.
When visiting local primary or secondary schools, they can meet the students and share experiences and culture. There is often football and netball to be played with the local children. A visit to the local orphanage demonstrates some of the struggles these children face and the efforts in place to support them.
Throughout the expedition, students will engage with workshops linked to the main themes of the UN’s Global Goals, for example, sustainable agriculture, water management, gender, education and clean energy. Additional excursions can include a wildlife safari, mountain hike and a visit to a Fairtrade tea plantation.
Pre-travel school visits and post-travel workshops are available and can be arranged as an addition to your custom package.
Orbis Expeditions has been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom badge, which is a seal of approval for the educational quality of the experiences offered.
Teaching resources provided
Educational resources are provided for the interactive workshops offered. There are pre-trip activities, location-based workshops and post-trip follow-up activities for groups who travel to Malawi.
For more details, contact the team at Orbis Expeditions.
Minimum and maximum group size
For the standard rate experience offered, the minimum group size is 15 students. However, group sizes can vary between eight and 40 students. In all cases there should be one teacher for every ten pupils. Contact Orbis to discuss your specific requirements.
Details of risk assessment
Risk assessments will vary depending on the custom experience created for your group. The team at Orbis are on hand to help with all health and safety checks and audits. All guides and drivers are first-aid trained.
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Facilities will vary throughout the trip, depending on the itinerary created. All meals, accommodation and experiences are included in the price quoted.
Orbis Expeditions’ office opening hours are 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.
The cost of your trip will vary depending on the custom itinerary you create with the Orbis team. As an example, a 10-day trip to Malawi is usually priced at £1,750 per student (excluding flights).
Payment plans are available, and Orbis is able to help with fundraising ideas for school children to finance their visit.
Online workshops are priced at £150 for a 45–60-minute experience.
Flights are not included in the standard package but can be booked by Orbis on your behalf, as the company is ATOL registered. All travel within Malawi is included in the package.
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