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The trip was an amazing experience. As expected it was physically tough but worth every drop of sweat and mud (no blood fortunately). For me personally, I found the heat hard to adjust to. I expected us to benefit from the shade of the rainforest more than we did and I guess going from a Scottish winter to an equatorial country didn't help. Having said that it didn't detract from my enjoyment, just made it harder work. We were also lucky because all 13 of us got on very well and it was a good mix of people. A special mention has to go to the guides and Danny in particular. I remember when we did the Cycling in the Andes that the guides were good but Danny was excellent. As well as being extraordinarily fit and knowledgeable about adventure stuff he was passionate about Costa Rica, it's environment and future. He had a great sense of humour and as if all that weren't enough he and his team were superb cooks. Although this wasn't everyone's idea of a relaxing holiday I came home envigorated and motivated with stacks of energy - apart from having to negotiate Terminal 5 on it's second day of chaos! I've already been on your website looking for the next potential challenge, if only work didn't get in the way.
HUMA Challenge is a division of World Expeditions that is focused on partnering with charities to help them reach their fundraising targets.
We offer a fundraising mechanism that will enable your charity to raise thousands of dollars by setting up fun, engaging and rewarding adventure challenges for your fundraisers.
There are no administration fees for your charity to pay and so it's a risk-free proposition, with the potential for a high return. Plus it's a great way to raise awareness for your cause.
There are 2 ways to you can work with Huma Challenge to offer these great fundraising events:
Huma Challenges services include:
- Arrange all travel services and logistics of the challenge
- Relate between participants extra travel needs and arrangements.
- Manage all bookings and enquiries
- Create a participation travel confirmation kit containing travel + charity information
- Incorporate in the travel costs of a charity tour escort (with a minimum number of participants).
- Help the charity with marketing tools for their challenge
- Web page on HUMA websites – humachallenge.com
So why choose us? Here are 10 reasons why...
As experts in adventure travel, it was only natural that we were chosen by charities in the 1990s to assist them with some of the first charity challenge events in the Australia and the UK. On our first charity challenge event, we helped a group of 40 fundraisers on a successful cycle challenge towards the Taj Mahal. Since then we have facilitated over 500 challenge adventures, ranging from international agencies to national charities, as well as many smaller local charitable causes and schools.
Very few operators can match our experience - since 1975 we have amassed a wealth of logistical experience in taking people safely to the world's wildest places. We have assisted people of all ages and fitness levels journey to every continent on earth. We have a solid network and team of adventure consultants, many who have been with us since the 70s. Their combined experience ensures our itineraries are carefully designed to maximise safety and enjoyment.
- Operational Bases
Unlike many other adventure tour operators, World Expeditions owns many of its operational bases. This means we have direct control over our own operations and the quality of your trip. Plus, all our operations are staffed by experienced and locally employed people - many of whom have worked with us for over 20 years. When working with third parties we do not select partners on price, we choose them carefully based on their track record for safety, sustainable and responsible tourism best practice, and their passion for active adventure travel.
- Pre-Departure Advice
Our experienced field staff can help you create the trip of a lifetime for your participants. Our dedicated and passionate travel consultants will work with you to ensure you get the very best from your charity challenge experience, from concept to creation, and reaching your final goals. All our staff are experienced and committed adventure travellers who have worked with us for many years. They go that extra mile to assist with extra arrangements, before, during and after your trip - many companies won't do this, but we do! We can also assist you with participant briefings and offer fundraising best practice ideas, gained from the wide portfolio of clients we have worked with worldwide.
- Bespoke Itineraries
We've been at the cutting edge of designing bespoke itineraries since 1975. Our extensive operations network allows us to open new trails, gain access permits to restricted areas, and offer you active options to every destination on earth. While this all sounds well and good, experience has proven that the classic itineraries are the easiest to market in the charity challenge marketplace. All of which means you stand the best chance of reaching your fundraising target. We also offer new slants on the classics to ensure your event stands out from the crowd.
- Unbeatable Value
We know you have tough fundraising targets and budgets to meet so our trips are based on an all-inclusive model and participants have little need to spend on the challenge besides tips and the occasional Western refreshment. Many operators market their trips on price however we separate ourselves by offering outstanding quality and great value - all of which means your challenge participants will come back to you time and again for fresh challenges, and generate valuable word of mouth referrals. We focus on quality accommodation, provide medically trained guides, use private transport only (for safety reasons), and include all meals in the trip price. We also invest in our local staff and believe in giving something back to the local community.
Utilising our experience for taking people to the world’s remotest corners, our attention to safety best practice, sound management, and solid procedures. Our North America base has a 24 hour emergency number.
- Responsible Travel
World Expeditions is committed to responsible travel and true sustainability. It was a commitment formed when the company was established in 1975, and today, in the face of a multitude of threats to the environment, our commitment is stronger than ever. Learn more about our pioneering porter policies and responsible travel philosophies here.
- Marketing Support
Our experienced marketers are available to offer advice on how to promote your challenge online and offline, supply branded images, and offer assistance with writing press releases to help you maximise the reach of your fund-raising campaign. We can also provide pre-trip information evenings.
- Financial Security
We are ATOL bonded (#4491) and protected by International Public Liability insurance (up to £10 million). World Expeditions is ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL 4491).