Frequently Asked Questions

What is Project Everest?

Project Everest is an incubator for the developing world. We aim to create sustainable social businesses, throughout Malawi, Timor-Leste, Fiji and India. Instead of a charity model, we look at how we can use business to provide goods and services that help underdeveloped communities to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Our international Social Impact Internships expose students to the experience of building a real social business with a team of other social entrepreneurs, learning leadership skills, gaining personal development, and being part of the global social change movement. At the same time as implementing social impact opportunities, we train motivated and talented university students in leadership and business. We take our students to these developing countries, where we work with them to create globally scalable social businesses that address social issues in those developing markets. This is where you come in. We are determined to build you as the leaders of tomorrow through our internships and training.

Why are we different?
Project Everest Ventures is unlike any other program. You are going to be immersed in local culture, customs and environments, which is an incredible opportunity to work with local people and develop real solutions for real problems. We work through a human centred design, where we facilitate communities to develop their own solutions, with a key focus on sustainable positive impact which drives every stage of the project.
Working with a team of dedicated and passionate students who are on project for similar reasons as yourself is an amazing experience. Not only will you be able to achieve great things with such a fantastic group of people, you are going to make friends for life.
You are going to undertake leadership and teamwork training before your trip and whilst on program, you continually develop on a personal and professional level. Project Everest is focused on community empowerment. We are also determined to empower you, as the leaders of tomorrow. Through the ups and downs of project, when things go to plan or against the grain, you are going to emerge a more confident and capable individual, equipped to tackle whatever obstacle life may throw at you.
Why business?
We are a Social Enterprise, meaning that the way we make impact is through a business model. We believe in market-based solutions to social problems and the power of business in delivering positive impact, because the nature of business means that impact can be achieved sustainably and scalably. We know that this is a little different, but it means that profits can be reinvested into ensuring long-term success of social ventures, retaining passionate, high-quality staff and leaders, and becoming big enough to fulfil our mission of enabling 1 billion people world-wide. Mindful of walking the talk, Project Everest is registered as a for-profit company. We are not reliant on donations or fundraising to cover operating costs, we pay our staff, and invest in our training and students so that they are well-educated and prepared to create the most effective social impact possible. As a Social Enterprise, it also means that social responsibility is embedded within everything that we do, from the optimisation of our products overseas, to ensuring that no one in the office forgets their keep-cup when we get our morning coffee. We believe that this is the most effective way to eradicate poverty and create tailored and co-designed solutions to huge global issues.

Before Applying

I am under 18 years old, can I still apply?

No. We can only accept people that are over the age of 18. Keep your eyes peeled on the website, we operate 5 months of the year and 17 year olds are able to apply for a Project that is happening after their 18th birthday! It won’t be long until you can join.

I am not a university student, can I still apply?

Yes! You don’t need to be a university student to come on board with us. If you aren’t getting credit from a university, you won’t be able to access grants and funding. If this doesn’t bother you, it doesn’t bother us.

What happens if Project clashes with my uni timetable or exams?

We don’t recommend you miss university or exams to come on project. If your university works on a trimester system or your exams fall into project times, have a look at alternative project dates over the next Summer/Winter period.

What does my program fee cover? What is included and not included?

Your project fee includes your accomodation on project, breakfast and dinner on project (not including weekends), safe drinking water, travel insurance for the duration of your project, international SOS membership for 24/7 access to medical and security advice and food at pre-departure training. For more information head here.

Is my deposit refundable?

No. Your $480 deposit isn’t refundable. If something pops up, you are able to move your project dates or country for a fee. This fee depends on how far out from your project you are. Please reach out to [email protected] to make a change.

Can I travel before and after the Project?

Yes! You’re free to do what you like before and after the project, however we encourage you to arrive in country at least two days prior to project starting, and guarantee you will want to stay for the final night (and dinner) of project. Your included travel insurance only covers you for three days before and after project.

I have a dietary requirement, can you cater for it?

We do our best. A surprising number of our core team and senior leaders have nut allergies, so they know what it’s like to travel into the unknown. The cooks in all of our country have catered for many groups and a wide range of allergies. If you have any concerns, please voice these throughout your application process.

The Application Process

How can I get involved?

Pop your name down here and we will give you a ring! This call takes approximately 20 minutes and is a great chance for us to get to know you, and you us. After this point you will be booked into an interview. These run in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Wollongong or can be conducted Online, and take approximately 2 hours.

What happens then?

After your interview, you’ll be sent an offer or a rejection within a week. At this point, you need to pay your deposit and sign your service agreement and that’s it! You’re locked in! Information will then come to you via email and Facebook, and you’ll be required to attend a pre-depature session in either Adelaide or Sydney.

This sounds interesting, but I'm not available for the next two years. Can I still apply?

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we only accept applications for places over the next year. Please keep checking in with the website and crowdicity, and reapply within a year of your available month.

How Can I Make This Work With Uni

I'm sooooo busy, when do I fit this in?

Congratulations! If you’re a university student, this can be part of your degree. And this is a pretty valuable part. Coming on Project will allow you to implement what you know in theory and build experience doing it in practice, regardless of whether you study business, engineering, science, international studies, medicine, health. agriculture, or humanities. The skills you will learn set you aside from the hundreds of other students doing the exact same degree as you. We also run during university breaks, and there’s a good chance you can tick off a subject by coming on board with us AND travel in the process. If anything, we’re creating time for you.

I work casual hours and need to pay rent/bills/food/life. How can I afford this?

We have credit approved at most Australian universities, which makes you eligible for funding. If we don’t have that formally approved (yet), you have the power to approach coordinators and request your internship count as course credit. Funding includes OS HELP loans of up to $8100, NCP grants and some universities have their own mobility grant or loan schemes. These are all applied for and approved by your university, and your Global Mobility Office (or equivalent) are there to get you through that process so get in contact with them as a first step. We have PEV staff working on securing credit and grants at universities full-time, we will do what we can to remove barriers for you, just reach out!

Life In Country

Is it safe?

The safety, security, and wellbeing of our participants are our first priority.

We also have a membership with International SOS, a leading provider of medical and security services. These are available to you 24/7, as soon as you pay your deposit. More information on International SOS can be found on their website, https://www.internationalsos.com.

We conduct extensive reconnoissance missions to ensure the safety and security of locations prior to commissioning projects so as to ensure students work in safe conditions. We maintain communications with the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and local expat networks to ensure that we remain up to date with our understanding of the safety of the regions in which we operate. If the safety of the area in which we are working is brought into serious question at any stage of the project, operations will cease and students will return to safety.

How much free time will I have?

Whilst on project you will be working full time. The hours depend on country norms and your leadership team, but your day will generally start between 0800 and 0900 and finish between 1700 and 1800. Week nights are yours, but they are typically spent within the Project houses, eating ice cream, smashing card games, watching movies, having your quiet time or if need be, finishing Project work.

Weekends are yours to explore the beautiful country or just relax after a solid week of smashing work. Be sure to appreciate all that these wonderful countries have to offer on your weekends, you will not regret it! Safety protocol does apply on the weekends, but there’s plenty to do within these.

What is the accomodation like?

Your accomodation is dorm style, in rooms of 4-8. Accommodation varies across countries, but on a base level you will have access to kitchens, bathrooms (western style toilets!) and a work space.

You may need to handwash your clothes, you may need to have bucket showers (and they will definitely be cold) and you will definitely be cosy, but that’s what life is like in these countries and to be honest, it’s half the fun!

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