What you should know

What it’s really like being ‘in-country’ and working on a business in the developing world in 2018.

My trekking experience with Project Everest has been nothing short of enlightening. I was surrounded by motivated trekkers and leaders fully committed to our goals and the betterment of the community around us. It was very heartening to see the emphasis that is placed upon empathizing and remaining transparent with the people in Fiji, ensuring that we're truly doing something that is needed. Being a trekker has taught me strong work ethics, a need to live by the values that I preach, and has only increased my passion for sustainable development. Taking an internship with Project Everest if you want to travel, learn about building a business that is rooted in making a positive social impact - you'll grow in ways you never imagined!!
Tanushree Thapa
20:53 27 Jul 18
Genuinely one of the best experiences of my entire life. My decision to go on a Cambodian venture was rash and spontaneous, so I hadn't expected to develop as much as I did during my incredible month. I formed amazing relationships with absolutely wonderful people who I will always treasure. PE also hugely enhanced my public speaking and leadership skills, which continues to benefit my life significantly. It has given me newfound confidence to achieve more than I thought I could, and anyone else who embarks on a venture with PE could feel the same.
Stephanie Tan
08:27 21 Jun 18
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 Abbey
04:23 27 May 18
Had a fun and challenging weekend over the trekker training. It is really cool to be able use our skills and knowledge (from Uni and the training) through a series of scenarios, knowing that we will be able to make a Social impact in a-month time.
Jakob Voo
04:23 27 May 18
I went into Trekker Training quite skeptical over details and what I would be doing but the weekend training changed that all. Despite the lack of sleep, the whole weekend was structured in a way that made it easy to understand what was to occur in country. The use of staff and support was really well done and it does shock you at first but you'll feel a genuine, infectious buzz from them. The timings of some activities could be better spread out. Overall, the Trekker Training would significantly improve your view and understanding of PE and lead to a deeper appreciation of their business.
Jayanth Paranji
04:20 27 May 18
My training at Project Everest has been challenging and exciting and fruitful and I look forward to the field project. My fellow trekkers and I are really pushed beyond our comfort zones as we get to learn a wide range of skills such as business planning, marketing, personal development, and more. I am also really impressed by the staff’s professionalism and how they are so dedicated to our well being.
04:08 27 May 18
Project Everest is an amazing organisation that empowers you with the skills, autonomy and community to make a difference in a meanigful way. I trekked earlier this year in Cambodia and have just completed the week long Business Development Training before returning on another project later this year. Both experiences we're absolutely amazing! I have never been so challenged, pushed to my limits and shown that I can achieve whatever I set my mind to. The worst part is returning back to your everyday life and realizing just how much more from it you want. I highly recommend PE for anybody as a life experience and even more so for those who are looking for an opportunity to generate real social change in our world!
Sapphire Loebler
20:13 26 Apr 18
The team at Project Everest are some of the most dedicated and generous individuals I have ever encountered. Always willing to share knowledge and help out where possible.All the staff are friendly and maintain strong family values which is so rare in a business environment. Yet, they remain exemplary professionals in each of their respective fields and are always up for a challenge.I can not speak higher of Project Everest.
Jess Girardi
06:11 01 Mar 18
I have never experienced anything quite as fun and beneficial on both a personal and professional level. I trekked in Timor-Leste and I can testify it is one of the best experiences of my life. I gained confidence, business skills and countless other benefits.I could not recommend Project Everest enough to anyone out there who is looking for adventure while changing the world and growing in every way at the same time.
Sam Whalley
22:22 07 Feb 18
What.A.Month.Going to Timor-Leste with Project Everest is one of the best decisions I have made in my life. The amount you grow personally and professionally is unimaginable. All the leadership team works tirelessly, and all their energy is put into moving the project forward, and helping you achieve goals to benefit communities less fortunate then your own.It’s a bonus that you will meet friends for life on the trip, all trekkers are like minded and have the underlying goal of helping people and pushing each other to be the best they can possibly be. It doesn’t matter whether you’re are doing arts, law or engineering, Project Everest is for everyone. It develops your confidence, communication skills and allows you to think of creative and practical ways to solve social issues. There are also many opportunities to stay connected post project, and highlights how much Project Everest cares about those involved with them. So, if you like adventure, but need a little push, Project Everest is for you!
Nikolaos Kappos
01:16 01 Feb 18
Going away with Project Everest to Timor-Leste was an experience I'll never forget. The way they have conducted themselves in country as well as in Australia in their professionalism, passion, hustle, and genuine care for the trekkers is something to be truly admired. I was continually encouraged to grow both personally and professionally within an environment which always felt safe. If you're looking for personal growth or just trying to get that accreditation or work experience, I can't recommend Project Everest enough.
Tim Phillips
05:20 31 Jan 18
Working with Project Everest has been one of the best experiences of my life. Not only are the leadership team highly professional and capable, they are also fun, passionate and inspiring individuals who it is a pleasure to be around. The culture of PE is such that I would highly recommend the experience to anyone interested in growing professionally and personally. The leadership skills you will develop are the best that I have come across, and the experience and skills you will gain through real life application of working on a business cannot be valued highly enough. Skills from all university degrees are useful in this endeavour. PE is making such a positive impact in working towards achieving the UN's sustainable development goals, I highly recommend the experience of working with PE to anyone interested in personal growth, challenge, fun, and bettering the world.
Jessica Hunter
04:19 31 Jan 18
As an Engineering and Science student I am always on the lookout for experiences that give me an edge over my peers, something which spending a month in Fiji with Project Everest accomplished. Working on FarmEd Field Development was tough at times, but it was the basic accommodation, heat, insects and call to be a team player 24/7 that taught me so much. The community that I was with, from our leaders to the other “Trekkers”, were all extremely supportive and a pleasure to work with. Certainly not a holiday, I would recommend PE to anyone interested in doing meaningful work overseas while engaging in intense self-development at the same time.
Matthew D'Souza
09:29 28 Dec 17
My Social Consulting project at Project Everest was an experience I cannot forget! Having the opportunity to apply knowledge from my university degree practically and witnessing the impact to the local community of Fiji was amazing! There were many late nights, long days, early starts and tough weeks. The program isn't made for someone expecting a one month holiday. It's made to build you, test you and deliver sustainable results. I would highly recommend Project Everest to anyone looking to gain practical experience combined with the opportunity to live overseas.
Thien B
22:44 24 Dec 17
Who knew that being on project overseas for one month would be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences in my life. The highly valuable skills that I've learnt and developed on project will benefit me in both my personal and professional development. The experience is not easy however there is an abundance of support from the group leader all the way to fellow trekkers. I could write an essay on how amazing my experience working overseas was, but you really should come on board with Project Everest and see for yourself!
Jiajun Zhang
13:19 24 Dec 17
The Project Everest leadership team is comprised of some of the most influential and capable leaders I have ever had the experience of working with. As a team, they strive for excellence and to reach the organisations overall goals, day by day. The ventures which they run are an experience of a life time with the opportunity to strengthen your skill set, whilst enabling you in fostering your own style of leadership through the resources provided. Throughout the past month, I've had the privilege to be a part of this team on the ground in Malawi. People will often say this may be cliche, but it truly is the people who work beside you that make the time worth while. Whilst in country, I have been lucky to be part of such an inspiration group, who have influenced me in becoming the best possible version of myself. For anyone thinking of joining the team, I recommend you do it without fault, as it is truly one of the most challenging but incredible things you will ever do.
alla jade
09:54 24 Dec 17
Being a Project Everest trekker has been my most enriching experience by far. Working on the FarmEd project as a multidisciplinary team not only gave me exposure to the running of a lean, sustainable business model, but also gave me the opportunity to develop various skills whilst being surrounded by an amazing group of people who have continued to inspire me day after day. Project Everest has demonstrated that people lie at the core of delivering business solutions that effectively address social issues. The leadership team sets measurable goals, enable autonomy and ensure timely impact assessment, as such, empowering leaders to be built through this experiential learning process.
Katherine Han
08:03 24 Dec 17
It's not everyday that you get a chance to practice an area of interest in a foreign environment. I believe that, 'everything happens for a reason'. Some call it dumb luck, others call it being in the right place at the right time. Upon learning about Project Everest, I was instantly captivated by the thought of working in Fiji as part of the only social consulting team across the entire company. Little did I know or expect that Project Everest would extend me an official offer less than a week after our first interaction. There's a reason why people constantly use the cliche that 'the people made the experience unforgettable'. It's because without the people, an experience would be solely based on the individual self (which is absolutely acceptable if you're on a spiritual journey of discovering the individual self). The other members of the team, the project and the company wouldn't be where it is today if it wasn't for each individual coming together with their varying talents and quirks to make the entire experience worth repeating. To those who are thinking about coming on board, my message to you is to do your own research, stay true to your passions and follow your gut. The people you meet will change your life forever. They might even save your life.
Esmond Ye
06:29 24 Dec 17
Project Everest is an amazing business that focuses heavily on personal and professional development. Over the past month, I have greatly enhanced a variety of skills through the immersive environment that they provide. The staff were integral in providing this training and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity they have given me
Grace Ford
14:44 23 Dec 17
It has been an amazing summer going on a venture with Project Everest. The venture with Project Everest is not easy but it will develop you. You will be placed in a team to learn how to and solve complex issues in developing countries through social business. You will be exposed to several business methodologies such as Lean Start-up and different ways of thinking (i,e Design thinking & moonshot thinking). You will be trained to pitch in front of a crowd and to potential business prospects. In our first week at Timor-Leste we have already started pitching to real businesses and have succeeded in getting businesses on-board customers. Throughout the venture, we were running our social business to make it sustainable while creating a positive social impact. The personal development I went through in this 1 month cannot be described in words. I left the project with more confidence and better interpersonal skills. I highly recommended this to anyone who is interested in self development and highly motivated to create positive social impact
Alex Ng
10:00 23 Dec 17
My experience with Project Everest has been one of the most challenging and beneficial experiences. Challenging because you experience things that make you super uncomfortable. By learning to get through the uncomfortable situations and learning how to control the situation to make it more comfortable for you, was something I never thought I would learn in life. We cruise by and ignore situations if they get too hard because no one likes sticky situations and we choose to ignore them. But Project Everest pushes you so when these situations arise you are aware and will be able to control yourself and how you react or behave to it. Overall Project Everest encourages you to push yourself, allowing you to perform to your full potential. This experience has been beneficial because it is an experience you do not get at university and its something you cant learn through a power point in class. When you get out your comfort zone and go through the emotions, challenges, you are able open yourself up and you would be amazed how much you can benefit from that.
soni lawson
07:44 03 Nov 17
My time with Project Everest has led to some of the most rewarding, exciting and influential experiences of my life. My overseas trek in Cambodia in July, as well as Team Leadership Training in September have both assisted my development in communication, team work, leadership and business methodology. I wholeheartedly believe the opportunities provided for uni students by PE are the only ones of their kind and will be of immense benefit for anyone looking to broaden their knowledge, skills and friendship base! PE's two biggest assets are definitely their team and their training. Their attention to detail and commitment make your PE journey so much easier; and the training provided prior to your first trek, in conjunction with the first hand experience you gain in country will aid your personal development greatly. This is only intensified if you chose to continue training and growing with PE. Granted, going on a trek can seem a daunting and costly experience, but I cannot stress enough how worthwhile it has been to me.
Connor Moon
09:59 02 Nov 17
Project Everest provides an excellent opportunity for extensive personal and professional development. The intensive training prepares you for a challenging but rewarding experience working on a projects focused on making a difference in developing countries. You'll also meet heaps of awesome other people who will become your friends for life.
Jock Willoughby
07:15 31 Oct 17
The leadership training with Project Everest is one of the most unique experiences an individual can go through. My outlook on tasks and life in general now has completely changed. I now have a better understanding of the incredibly broad scope of issues that can arise in any situation, and how to deal with them. You are put in a position that you could not EVER pre-conceive. That discomfort is what you feel in real pressure situations and to now understand techniques on how to mitigate these issues is invaluable.
Isaac Crawford
07:14 31 Oct 17
Team Leadership Training with Project Everest was one of the best personal development experiences I have gone through. They challenge you in ways you wouldn't imagine and showcased to me my strengths in weaknesses as a leader. I honestly do not know how they pull of a training this good!
eugenia hutton
07:14 31 Oct 17
If you’re looking for an experience to push yourself to the ultimate limits, or unsure of what your limits are. You’ll find them when your in country. It’s a tough month, but you’ll be supported by your team and your leaders. You’ll be asked what you want to get out of it and pushed to achieve it. I had the most incredible experience in country and was actually surprised about how much power I personally had on making the project happen, as a student you don’t get many opportunities like this. I found I was actually applying the things I had learnt at University to a real life situation to make an actual difference in a community. If you’re looking for personal development or a chance to test yourself, I found this experience a great opportunity to do so. Living in a developing country for a month with lots of other University students is tough, and you’re going to hate it at times, but you’ll leave feeling accomplished if you put everything you had into it.
Edwina Jones
07:11 31 Oct 17
The overall weekend as a whole was run in an incredibly professional but also an enjoyable way. The presentations were run very successfully within the given time fragments and the presenters showed obvious enthusiasm making the potentially dry content move in a more quick and engaging manner. The practical tasks were extremely helpful and gave a good idea of the challenge's we may be posed with when in country due to the professional and helpful support of the Project Everest Staff. The Food and Venue were amazing. My only critique would be that the Equipment List was rather vague in terms of what items were needed which could be improved by adding 'pen and notepad' to the list and also using a visual image for what kind of glow stick was required, also the pillow could be listed as a preference as a pillow was already provided which negated the need for me to bring one from home. Overall an amazing weekend
William Atkinson
03:32 29 Oct 17
My experience as a Trekker with Project Everest was truly life changing. Being in an environment where everyone is striving to physically, mentally and emotionally push the limit really catalyses the process of personal development. Whats more, my team and I endeavoured on this journey of personal and professional growth whilst simultaneously creating positive and sustainable impact in the communities we collaborated with. I strongly believe that what Project Everest offers cannot be matched: the unique combination of experiencing country like the locals, team building, operating business, understanding entrepreneurship and implementing initiatives aligned with the UN sustainable development goals. I will certainly be back!
Justin Biceski
11:14 02 Aug 17
I have been left absolutely speechless after the month I have experienced with Project Everest! I have never been placed with so many like minded individuals who all share the same passion (if not more) and determination to hustle in a month while in country.I joined Project Everest wanting to make a difference in the world and as cliche as that may sound, you really do make a difference! Project Everest values millennials and gives you the ability to dictate where your project goes. The environment Project Everest creates is so nurturing and supportive and provides you with many opportunities for self development. This was one of the best experiences I have ever done and would not regret anything.If you are considering in going on project with Project Everest, I 100% would recommend.
Krystal Kennedy
23:56 27 Jul 17
At trekker training we were engaged in activities to help prepare us for our time in country. We were placed into unexpected situations and had to work as a team to overcome various scenarios. The skills learnt over the weekend can be applied to your university degrees and will encourage growth in your personal development as a person and as a leader. It has been a great experience and I believe those who attend this training will be thoroughly prepared for their project in country.My time in Fiji has been an absolute incredible experience. I met some of the best people in my life, whilst working on a fuel assessment project. These people will remain some of my closest friends and as a team we smashed our part of the project. The past month has been extremely rewarding as we were trying to solve real world problems.I would recommend Project Everest to anyone who wants to make a difference in the world, improve yourself and meet some great people along the way, venture on and get involved.
Joshua Ward
23:06 27 Jul 17
I set out on project in Fiji with no idea what I was getting myself into. I returned with a changed perspective and a new outlook on the world. Personally and intellectually project will challenge you to push yourself. Having now been through team leadership training I feel a part of a community of people so driven to improve themselves and the world. It is like nothing I have ever been apart of.
Alexandra Staples
03:08 22 Jul 17
During my weekend I gained more knowledge then some full semester at University gave me. This may a reflection of my procrastination, however, I believe that it illustrates Project Everest's ability to get you engaged, active and keep your mind open. The information sessions were clear and enthusiastic, with knowledgeable project leaders teaching you everything from first aid training to social business. Honestly, I never thought I'd be running up and down hills to find fictional villages, find 'missing' team members, 'apply' first aid, build a prototype of water filtration systems and boot camp all in a weekend. Thank you for a wonderful time!
Emily Armstrong
03:30 01 Jun 17
Prior to working on a project overseas with Project Everest, trekkers are required to attend trekker training. This is a weekend event whereby trekkers are introduced to the wider cohort and their team leaders whilst also learning about building social enterprises through presentations and participating in activities that require design thinking to address the case provided.Over this weekend, I have met a cohort of like-minded, passionate individuals that want to initiate positive social change through the various projects. I have sat through presentations given by inspirational speakers with content I know will equip me for my Project as well as in my career. Having just arrived back from trekker training, I can honestly say that I am feeling excited to work with my team on our project in a month's time. I feel assured knowing that I am in the capable and experienced hands of my team and group leader and am eager for us to work together.Based on my experience of trekker training, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn, develop their leadership and be a part of a group of amazing people.Last but not least, the food provided over the weekend was excellent!
Larissa Steele
22:54 28 May 17
Project Everest runs an excellent program for students looking to get more out of their time at Uni! PE Provides amazing personal, and leadership development through an experience impossible to be matched in a classroom.After completing a month of developing a socially beneficial enterprise overseas as a ‘Trekker’, Project Everest also allows students to continue growing personal skills with additional leadership training, enabling them to lead teams of ventures overseas. Through these extensive training programs, it is evident that PE personally cares about their Trekkers, and takes the role of Team Leaders very seriously. It is fantastic to be apart of a company that feels more like a family than a business.
Harry Telford
03:34 17 May 17
If you want to leave your comfort zone, experience intensive self-development, open your eyes to new possibilities, have fantastic experiences and meet some bloody brilliant people along the way; Project Everest should be your answer. I can't stress enough the extent to which my skills have developed through project Everest. If I left tomorrow and all this ended, I'm in such a better position now than I was 6 months ago that I feel as though there is no one I couldn't convince to put me on their team. I am now surrounded by the most fantastic, like-minded people and it is an incredible feeling.
Corey Middleton
23:28 16 May 17
I've had an amazing experience as a trekker and embarking on Team Leadership training with Project Everest. I love that I can surround myself with like-minded people that are passionate about making social change. This experience is truly unique as it enables you and your team to create an ongoing, sustainable and positive impact in developing countries. The Team Leader training was an extremely challenging experience that has equipped me with practical leadership skills and enabled personal growth.
Daniella Foley
07:51 16 May 17
Going on project was one of the best decisions I've ever made.That one short month developed my personal and professional capabilities more than what I thought was possible. The Project Everest team is made up of incredibly passionate people looking to make a difference, and being able to work next to them is an enriching experience by itself. I would highly recommend Everest to anyone looking to push themselves and make a difference.
Ash Xu
02:47 12 Mar 17
My month in Fiji with Project Everest has been challenging but worthwhile and rewarding. I was able to deepen my knowledge of fuel sources as well as improve on my confidence and communication skills and also had the change to improve my leadership skills. I worked in a diverse team from a range of backgrounds that I wouldn’t have worked with in any other context and through this learnt more about myself.I really enjoyed being a trekker with a company that focuses on sustainability and long term achievements. I found that Project Everest took impact assessments serious to ensure that we mitigate any potential negative impacts and cultural awareness and sensitivity played a huge role in all our work. Would highly recommended getting involved
Kristen Bartell
05:41 24 Feb 17
If you want to truly make a difference in the world this is the opportunity for you. I went on the Fiji Fuel Assessment with no prior knowledge about fuel, but was able to learn so much from visiting villages. In turn, I was able to contribute to the research and building of ideas that will help Project Everest provide socially beneficial services and products for those in the developing world that need it. Would recommend this to anyone! Such an eye opening experience, and with a great bunch of people.
Caitlin Bloor
00:04 31 Jan 17
My experience with Project Everest so far has been nothing short of amazing. Surrounding yourself with like-minded budding entrepreneurs driving social change motivates you to want to get involved and see what you're capable of doing both on your own and with others. I was fortunate enough to be involved with the Cambodia FarmEd food security project which gave me the opportunity to apply my agricultural and business knowledge to the venture. Having the opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture not only improves your cultural literacy and appreciation, but it develops a side in you that wants to venture on towards social change alongside your current team, the previous tram and the future team. All this, of course, stems from the leadership program Project Everest implements to ensure the high quality and standards are consistently applied across all projects to develops leaders in social business. For me, this is key for making sustainable solutions and I'm so keen for the times and adventures that lies ahead
Ned L
08:57 28 Jan 17
Going on project with Project Everest has been one of the best personal/professional development experiences I have had. I have left this venture with experiences and new skills which I will take forward into my personal and professional life going forward which I know will make me more successful in my career. I appreciate everything PE did to make the trip fun, comfortable and enjoyable and they made me feel supported and engaged the entire time. Could not recommend enough!
Amelia Gartner
23:22 27 Jan 17

Project Dates

Projects are typically four weeks, however some range from three to eight. All projects are held during university breaks so students are able to work around their degree structure. Please see the specific Project you’re interested in for the upcoming dates here.

Please note you are required to be in country for the dates of your chosen project, meaning you must be present for all days, inclusive. You are not to fly in on the project start date or fly out on the project end date, but rather on either side of these.

Leaders are in country sometimes weeks beforehand to set up. You will need a few days to meet up with your team and acclimatise.


Accommodation is very basic, generally comprising a small kitchen, bathroom, outdoor workspace, and bedrooms. The bedrooms are a bunk-bed layout with average mattresses and pillows. The kitchen may have basic appliances, including a stove cooktop. The bathrooms are likely to be cold-water only and be aware that some areas operate with bucket only showers. The standard of cleanliness is nowhere near what you may be accustomed to in Australia. We operate within the communities of which we operate. Not in a hotel, not with air conditioning.

The electricity and water frequently cut out or are at low capacity due to poor infrastructure. The water pipes are often closed during periods of heavy rain or due to overuse. Laundry facilitates may be available, however, be aware that you will probably have to hand wash your clothes.

Your workspace is not an office and is often located at the accommodation site and may be outside. Chairs, tables, and limited power sources are available.

Accommodation is covered from the first night of project. No accommodation is provided after the final dinner. You will be required to find your own on the final evening.


All students are required to obtain a local SIM card on arrival and top this up with pre-paid data and call credit. There are areas without signal.


Internet is available in country, however, expect dial up speeds and it to be expensive. Some areas do not have WIFI at all. Power and water is included in your fee. Filtered drinking water is provided for you at the accommodation.


Breakfast and dinner on project days are included. Food is based on the traditional cuisine. Vegetarian options available. We will always endeavor to cater to food allergies, so please inform us as early as possible. You will need to provide your own lunch always. Across all locations expect carbohydrates, curry and local fresh produce.

Standard breakfasts include toast and eggs. Milk is usually in powdered form or long life. Meat can be scarce in some locations, so may only be available in limited amounts. In some locations you’ll make breakfast yourself, however dinner is cooked for you. Food is not provided on the weekend.

Trekker Training

Accommodation, food, and resources for your two-day training is included in the price. You just need to get yourself there. Trekker Training runs for two days, usually around five weeks before project commencement. You meet your team, Team Leader, 2IC, Group Leader, receive your project brief, handover documents, view your hand over videos, receive training on social business, exponential technology, crisis management, team dynamics and personality profiling. It is highly practical, experiential based learning. Specific dates can be found on the website as each month has different dates.

Training is compulsory. Your assessment for suitability continues during Trekker Training, thus your attendance forms part of your application. If you are identified as unsuitable during Trekker Training, refunds minus your deposit will be available.

In-Country Training

You will start the Project with an in country induction. You may also run through activities such as public speaking, and stakeholder pitch practice, design thinking workshops, impact assessment activities, risk assessment activities and leadership activities. This is all designed to focus on your development and the success of the team and the project.

Virtual workspace ‘BASECAMP’ (Powered by CROWDICITY)

Basecamp is an online platform where the Project Everest community can discuss, collaborate and further develop the projects into thriving, scalable and, most importantly, socially beneficial ventures.

Alumni, academics, and consultants will especially be encouraged to provide commentary on new ideas posted by Trekkers throughout the course of their time in-country so ventures can benefit from their experience and knowledge.

By exploring the platform, you’ll all be able to see ways in which you can interact with challenges, submit new ideas, and collaborate on the development of what will hopefully immensely successful social businesses.

Ultimately, we want to open the platform to the public (think Kaggle).

For more information head here.

Access to consultants

While on Project you are able to communicate with the entire Project Everest team, including R&D, Business, Impact and People consultants. Skype sessions can be arranged to check on progress and receive support through coordination with your Team Leader if consultants are not in country.


All Leaders have had considerable training and hold current First Aid certificates. All countries are thoroughly assessed by ISOS and DFAT with Risk Assessment and Evacuation documentation updated periodically. A reconnaissance of the area is completed by Senior Leaders before the start of each Project. In some locations, a security guard is stationed at the accommodation from sunset to sunrise. While we do operate in developing countries, and there are elements that are outside of our control. The local population are welcoming,

While we do operate in developing countries, and there are elements that are outside of our control. The local population are welcoming, and recognise Project Everest. We are located in relatively safe areas, and would not accept or encourage situations of high risk.

First Aid

You will need to obtain a First Aid certificate before arriving in country. If you have a current First Aid certificate with your CPR component (renewable every 12 months) up to date, this is adequate. If you hold a Bronze Medallion, that will also be adequate. When you are on Project you want the people around you to know what to do in an emergency. That means you need to be in that position too. You’re there as a team.

Cultural Awareness

It’s important to consider the country you are interested in and conduct research on the current situation in general. Look at DFAT Smartraveller, Lonely Planet, …Google. Your Team Leader will guide you at Trekker Training and in country. Do not be offended if leaders ask you to wear loose clothing, or that something isn’t appropriate. It’s not about you – it’s about the community. There are cultural events included during Project for you to be able to understand the context and history behind the issues we are there to address.

Uniform and Clothing

You will receive a Project Everest polo for Project (see photo), and we expect you to wear comfortable, conservative, and breathable clothing (it’s hot and humid). You should also expect to dress slightly more formally for meetings with stakeholders. Bring enclosed shoes (not just runners), jeans and active wear (possible team activities, weekends). Your Team Leader will make you aware of any specific cultural clothing you may need to obtain. You can talk to your Team Leader about what else to bring, however, there is nothing we would say is out of the ordinary for international travel to a developing country.


Timings and hours are determined during your in-country induction as a team and month cohort, however working hours are typically from 0800 morning meeting (gym, shower and breakfast before hand) to 1800 finish. Monday – Friday. Weekends are yours to explore (with security and safety limitations). Often Trekkers work overtime to achieve their daily and weekly goals. Ultimately, it’s only a few weeks of hard work – it’s worth leaving feeling accomplished, having really moved the project forward.

Health and Safety

Project Everest has a high degree of support from International SOS, who provide live updates on country conditions across environmental, political, social, and economic factors via email and an iOS and Android app. ISOS have 24/7 medical advice available, where Project Everest members may speak to a medical professional over the phone and receive immediate advice, support and direction to ISOS approved medical facilities. ISOS also provide evacuation support and can coordinate with local and international partners to ensure a smooth response to health and safety issues.

Facts about ISOS:

  • Assistance Centres take over 12,000 calls a day (annually only around 1% are emergencies).
  • On average, ISOS perform 1,600 air ambulance missions and fly 12,000 flight hours (eight million km) per year. This means that any given day ISOS have an average of four to five flight missions active.
  • The largest site project ISOS support has over 20,000 workers.
  • Through the ISOS contract with TRICARE, ISOS provide medical care, education, case management and assistance to more than 500,000 US military personnel, retirees, and their dependents in 207 countries and territories.

For further information see their website: https://www.internationalsos.com/



We thoroughly encourage you to travel before, during the weekends, and after Project. The countries in which we operate are stunning, and it’s important to experience the culture and enjoyment of a new environment. This is not coordinated by Project Everest or your in-country Leaders. This is entirely on you. You do need to consider the risks involved in regards to medical facilities in your decisions.

Your leaders may provide you with a list of areas you may be able to travel to, given their experience.

Team Configuration

You will be a Trekker in a team of four to nine, with one Team Leader. You may also have a Second in Charge [2IC] and a Group Leader [GL]. You may be living with other teams in country as they complete separate Projects. There may be Projects running at different times to your Project with some overlap. Teams may also be located across separate locations or regions.

Your Team Leader will live with you. Your 2IC and GL work together across all projects and are primarily there to provide direction and work closely with you on certain aspects. They will also deliver on logistics and work closely with your Team Leader to move projects forward.

Leadership Opportunites

It is the intention that your experience with Project Everest will continue after Trekking, with the opportunity to gain a paid leadership role.

During your in-country project, those who excel are able to apply for Leadership Training. The leadership training is split into immersion, workshops, and culminates in leading a team in a foreign context. The week long immersion period is focused on the four types of leadership: people, project, pressure, and personal.

Should you be successful, you are then able to return as an Experienced Team Leader – a paid role. Additional to this is Senior Leadership Training, which can result in positions at the Second in Charge and Group Leader level. The autonomy and responsibility will grow as the roles progress.

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Public transport is the main method of travel whilst on project, it’s a great way to experience the country and people, and this is covered within project fees. Senior leaders with international driving experience have access to vehicles for use in emergencies and larger logistical operations.