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Project Everest Works With Socially-Driven partners and Uni-Students to make a Positive Global Impact
At Project Everest, we believe the power of enterprise is the key to solving social issues around the world. We connect aspiring university students, impact partners, purpose-driven organisations, researchers, and communities in developing countries so they can work together to make positive and sustainable change.
Students get to make a real difference whilst they gain unique work experience and develop skillsets that improve their job prospects. Impact partners can prove market demand for new products more effectively and efficiently than anywhere else. And communities in developing countries get genuine and sustainable solutions to their daily social challenges. It’s the perfect outcome for everyone involved.
Who Benefits The Most From Working With Project Everest ventures?
The team at Project Everest are specialised at turning ideas into social enterprises. We take an idea from concept right through to commercialisation – ensuring maximum impact, safety an engagement for those people involved.
Want to travel the world and have a life changing experience? To challenge yourself, and gain leadership and communication skills that give you an edge over other graduates? Students can join our programs and do exactly that, all whilst making a positive change in the world and contributing to something bigger..
Looking for a real world opportunity that gets your students graduate ready with hands-on, multidisciplinary experience? Our social impact projects are exciting, educational, and most-of-all – safe! Find out how you can join the long list of our University partners.
Do you have a concept or technology that could solve real issues in developing communities? We help corporates, growth companies, start-ups, NFPs and University researchers quickly prove market demand with as little cost and risk as possible. Find out more about becoming one of our Impact Partners.
In Country Stakeholders
Want to help us make an impact in your own community? We work alongside local businesses, governments, NFPs to develop and implement tailored solutions. We’d love to work with you to make a positive change together. Get in touch with our team today!
You can join over 9 active projects we have developed in countries such as India, Timor-Leste, Fiji and Malawi, as well as rural communities around Australia. You can even make a social impact from the comfort of home as a social impact consultant through our Virtual Impact Program. Our innovative project solutions span across a range of areas for maximum impact, including agriculture, microfinance and solar energy solutions.
Providing access to cleaner, low cost and fuel-efficient energy to 3 billion people worldwide whilst maintaining long-held cooking practices and traditions.
Empowering small-scale entrepreneurship and economic independence through access to socially beneficial assets and services using microfinance loans.
Female Sanitation | Reusable Pads
Empowering women and girls through safe sanitation practices and access to education and opportunities, using reusable and hygienic pads.
Get Unique Work Experience alongside like-minded students whilst making a positive Sustainable impact
Many students dream of building a successful future career and making a real world impact by tackling social issues faced by millions around the world; to implement the knowledge they gain from their degree and use it to make a difference in real-world environments, helping real people. Project Everest gives you the experience of a lifetime. You create enduring positive outcomes for real communities – and gain essential soft skills that put you at the head of the pack.
|Real world projects with long-term implementation|
|Work with technology for impact|
|Top 100 Graduate employer|
|Cert IV in Leadership Qualification available|
|Pathways to graduate opportunities|
|Community centred on social impact|
|Make a sustainable social impact|
FAQs About How Project Everest Works
Still not sure about how all this works? Or if you’d be the right fit for one of our projects – as a student, university, impact partner or in country stakeholder? Don’t worry, take a look at some of our FAQ’s.
- Who is Project Everest Ventures?
Project Everest Ventures exists to solve social issues with a business model.
Social issues can be understood by looking at the Sustainable Development Goals, and the targets.
A business model can be understood by looking at a sustainable method of a service or product existing, without constant fundraising, or service to donors or elections. PEV is a certified Social Traders company, and is a certified B Corp.
PEV teams up with who we call Impact Partners. Impact Partners may be start-ups, researchers, anyone who has a solution to a social issue they want to scale. PEV takes these Impact Partners through our commercialisation process in order to increase their positive impact (get as many people in need to be able to access a solution they seek as quickly, as effectively, and affordably as possible).
Students are able to join PEV in this process through a few different programs (online, in Australia, or internationally). Students, or recent graduates, are then exposed to these incredible projects, are guided by our Leadership team, and come out the other end with a network, experience, and ready for their own start up concept, or grad role.
PEV runs Team Leader, and Senior Leader training in an incredibly immersive and challenging environment. If you come on board for the first time, and want to stick around, there is that further development, accredited training (recognised Certificate and Diploma), and paid Leadership positions available for experienced leaders.
We are a community of driven, passionate, action seeking individuals, interested in innovative solutions to global issues, and know we have a role to play.
Watch this video of Muhammad Yunus explaining “How to Approach Social Business” to understand ‘why business?’, and what a ‘social’ business is.
- How are we different?
We started as a leadership training program, that focus is still core to each of our programs. We have been recognised for our work by B Corp, Social Traders, International SOS, Australian Financial Review, Grad Connection, and Singularity University. We don’t exist to run student internships, we exist to solve social issues with our Impact Partners, and we invite students, or recent grads, to join us.
Who We Are Not
- We are not a charity
- It’s not voluntourism
- We don’t drop you off at a local orphanage or do study tours
- It’s not Contiki or TopDeck
- You’re not making coffee and filing papers
- You’re not anyones PA
- We are not EY, Deloitte or Aurecon
- This is not your typical, graduate or paid placement
- We are not focused on excessive profit – but the projects do need to be financially sustainable, and they need to exist without fundraising or donations
- It’s not an airconditioned office – you’re in to get your hands dirty
- We don’t have all the answers to these global issues, or all of the solutions, but we are in the process of working that out, you can be a part of that
Who We Are
- We (and you) work on developing real solutions to real problems – none of them are theoretical
- The problems are global and impact billions of people – finding even the smallest, simplest solution to these problems will create a huge, long-term impact
- Taking on challenges that can’t be solved in just 12 days, but you can be part of building the solution
- We expect everyone to show up to each day willing to do the work
- We are there to push you professionally and personally
- We are open about where the fees go – you are paying for your training, the facilities, access to industry and network, risk management, leadership, and logistical costs As you pay for any course, study, training, national or international travel, you pay for your PEV program
- We pay our staff market wages, we do not agree with below average wages often associated with ethical employment like NFP or NGOs
- We are assessed every 3 years to ensure our internal policies look after our people, we have policies to look after our sustainability and environment, and policies to ensure our work is ethical and exemperly
- We carbon offset all staff and participants and everything BAU
- We are young, passionate, and prepared to build a future we’ll live in for years to come
- Not everything we try will work, we happily accept that
- We welcome LGBTQIA+
- We are Conscious of cultural bias, we recognise the traditional custodians of the land
- We are secular
- Where do we operate?
We have virtual programs, programs in rural and coastal Australia, and international programs. For the Global Impact Program, we have bases in Malawi, Timor-Leste, Fiji, and India. We have houses and staff there, who are committed to ensuring these projects succeed, and are appropriate for their communities.
- Why should I apply for an Impact Program?
- If you’re concerned with the state of the world, and you want to do something about it.
- If you’re wondering what the process is to create your own business.
- If you want to build a professional network.
- If you know you need more than your study on your LinkedIn and Resume.
- If you love purposeful travel and want to do something impactful with your time off.
- If you believe the next generations can solve the global problems they inherited.
- If you want to be a better team player.
- If you want to learn how business can create impact.
- If you want to be connected to industry leaders.
- If you want to become a part of a community of leaders.
- If you want to progress into Team Leader and Senior Leadership.
- If you want to work with a social enterprise before kicking off your career.
- If you want to learn about the challenges of international development.
- If you want to want to understand how to apply your study in a practical way.
- If you want to learn to work in a team with other disciplines.
- If you want to push yourself, get out of your comfort zone, and see how you perform.
- If you want to learn how to facilitate structured debriefs, give, and more importantly receive feedback.
- If you want to ultimately apply for a position at PEV (we prioritise internal hire)
It’s important for you to figure out your ‘why’.
To learn about how to figure out your ‘why’ and why that’s important, check out Simon Sinek’s TED talk on ‘How Great Leaders Inspire Action”.
- I am not a university student, can I still apply for an Impact Program?
Yes. We have under-grad students, post-grad students, recent grads, we have junior corporate groups. We talk a lot about ‘students’ as that has been our major cohort or participants, however anyone 18 – 34, keen to get experience, up for an adventure, happy to do the hard work, keen to meet other like-minded people, find what impactful work looks like, build their resume and LinkedIn are typically who we see involved.
We have domestic and international students from STEM, Business, Humanities, Law, Agriculture, Geography, Photography, Teaching… all and any are welcome. We believe in the power of multidisciplinary problem solving and working beyond silos.
- Why are we a social enterprise?
A social enterprise is simply a business that has a socially beneficial product or service.
The ‘for profit’ means we are not funded by the government, and we don’t depend on raising money by fundraising or through grants. It doesn’t mean we exist to make huge profits for shareholders, all of our profit has been reinvested into the team and service, as you’d find with many B Corps.
The idea that business cannot ‘do good’ has to end, you’re letting business off the hook there. Business has been the issue for global problems like climate change, why shouldn’t business be a part of the solution?
Watch the video from NSW Government explaining the value of social business.
Read Deloitte’s explanation of social enterprise, and their take on how to thrive as an employee in a social enterprise.
How Students Are Using Their Degree To Change The World And experience Purpose-Driven Work
Your degree doesn’t guarantee you a career anymore. You face ever-increasing competition to secure even unpaid internships at quality companies. Organisations want to see self-development and application of real-world skills, not just knowledge of theory. That’s what Project Everest offers you – while making a genuine sustainable impact.
SEE WHAT OUR AWESOME
Change-Makers SAY ABOUT
I strongly believe the reason I am working in AECOM is because Project Everest taught me the skills required to nail a job interview. The reason I’m promoted at AECOM is because PE taught me to be a leader and actively seek ways to improve the business.
Georgia H, Senior Leader
Since my exposure to the success formula of the Project Everest Ventures experience, I’ve departed university with a degree in engineering and, more importantly, demonstrated capability in a demanding team environment as both a team player and leader. These traits have been key to both scoring a postgrad placement and building an early career in Project Management in the Engineering sector
Nick K, Global Impact Program
Continually encouraged and challenged daily to reach my potential by like-minded individuals has increased my motivation for attaining an alternate/outside the box career path. Working in a role that aligns itself with the UN Sustainable Development Goals is an overarching career goal of mine and PEV do just that.
Adam M, Senior Leader
I’m so glad I decided to take part in PEV and I’ve formed lasting friendships with such a wonderful group of people, who all want to do something good in this world. PEV provides an environment for people to show their leadership potential, and not be limited by the fact that we are young, and that is truly special.
Emily C, Global Impact Program, Timor-Leste
I have never worked on something that made me feel ‘wow, I’m actually making a difference here’, not in my degree, nor when I was doing cancer research. The first time would have to be with the Project Everest Female Sanitation team.
Faith S, Global Impact Program, Malawi
I am currently majoring in Political Science, this degree along with the skills that I have learnt within the PEV program will assist me in first understanding how I can affect sustainable social impact. I have gained a better understanding on how not only I can make sustainable change, but also on a global level.
Sarah H, Virtual Impact Program
You guys are doing a really good thing because this changes lives
Seru, Village Pastor, Fiji
When I discovered Solar my business changed. Now I’m able to work past sundown and into the night; customers are able to see my stall and they are attracted to it by the lights…With the loan system, I can pay in small instalments. This makes the solar affordable for everyone. For villagers like me, the solar product is extremely useful. It allows people with no access to electricity to gain access to the social benefits light will bring.
Gift, local business owner, Malawi
If it was not of you I would not have achieved what I was aiming for in my business
Veronica, local business owner, Fiji
It’s very, very good. I don’t have problems when menstruating anymore, I am very happy!…I can even go to work or church without having problems – I can do everything!
Maria, on using our menstrual cups, Malawi
The whole leadership journey has been incredibly rewarding and valuable to my self-development. To stay involved with the company has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Haziq A, Senior Leader
The experience of Team Leadership Training is like nothing you could ever experience anywhere else. The structure and planning that goes towards facilitating your personal growth and development is immense. I learnt so much about myself and my own capabilities, in an environment which is supportive, encouraging and intense. Team Leadership Training was by far, the best investment I have made in myself to date.
Maddy L, Senior Leader
Project Everest’s training program covered all grounds in terms of theoretical knowledge, in country advice and practical challenges. It was great to learn more about the driving values of Project Everest and not only their role in achieving sustainable development goals but how I can help in this process. Every challenge came with a lesson and it was a fantastic overall experience.
Will A, Team Leader
This is a great experience for anyone wanting professional and personal development, as well as the chance to experience something completely different.
Riley C, Global Impact Program, India
The greatest experience while trekking is the people you meet. They are the best thing about PEV, because everyone is here for the same reason and all want to do something positive.
Nicholas M, Global Impact Program, India