What is Project Everest Ventures?
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?
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 Project, you continually develop on a personal and professional level. Project Everest Ventures is focused on community empowerment. We are also determined to empower you, as the leaders of tomorrow. Through the ups and downs of Project, whether 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.
I am under 18 years old, can I still apply?
I am not a university student, can I still apply?
What happens if Project clashes with my uni timetable or exams?
What does my program fee cover? What is included and not included?
Is my deposit refundable?
Can I travel before and after Project?
I have a dietary requirement, can you cater for it?
The Application Process
How can I get involved?
What happens after my interview?
This sounds interesting, but I'm not available for the next two years. Can I still apply?
I've applied for General Project, what does this mean?
I'm sooooo busy, when do I fit this in?
I work casual hours and need to pay rent/bills/food/life. How can I afford this?
Life In Country
Is it safe?
Our Team Leaders have done intensive immersive crisis management training in Australia to prepare for this role. On top of this, when they arrive in their country of placement they undergo refresher training – which involves actually responding to scenarios and driving the routes to the hospitals. Senior Leaders have done all this and more, including training in how to organize evacuations. We also travel with our own Trauma First Aid Kit, Defibrillator and stretcher.
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.
All students on the ground are required to hold their first aid certificate, and are trained at Trekker Training and In Country Induction in how to call the Group Leader and report any incidents, initiating a response. At this point, the Group Leader will use one of the available vehicles to meet the casualty and get them to an iSOS approved hospital for stabilization. The Group Leader will then ring iSOS and ring an Australian staff member, who coordinates air evacuation if necessary, and gets in touch with the embassy, the student’s next of kin and the student’s university.
We conduct extensive reconnaissance 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.
We receive alerts from iSOS regarding natural disasters or security situations, and these generally give enough warning for Senior Leaders to enact protocol and respond accordingly.
Of course, we do operate in rural areas and there is a lower medical care available than there is in Australia. We do depend on our staff and local services, but our evacuation and response plans are tailored for this (for example, we use our own vehicles instead of local Ambulances to ensure we have control over the hospital they are taken to). Response is so dependent on the country and the incident, but everyone on ground is highly trained, and we have responded successfully to multiple incidents in the past.
How much free time will I have?
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?
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!
In Fiji we have three houses, Malawi we have two and in India and Timor all Trekkers live in the same house.
Where are the Projects located?
Fiji – Sigatoka and Olosara
India – Bhubaneswar, in the State of Odisha
Malawi – Namiwawa and Nancholi Region
We can’t provide you with specific addresses as quite often, they don’t exist. Once you’ve come on board, your Senior Leaders will make sure you receive pindrops, what3word links, photos or landmark information to get you to either the accommodation or where we will meet you on induction day!
Will I be picked up from the airport? How do I get to induction day?
When can I move into Project accommodation?
Clothes and Packing
What clothes should we pack?
What electronics to we need?
How do we book flights?
Once you’ve come on board, you can head here and let STA Travel do the work for you! If you’d like to jump on your Facebook group and arrange a group to travel with, go for it! Flights do increase with price as you move closer to the date, so the earlier you book the better. We strongly recommend you get into country at least two days before Project starts, to acclimatise and get yourself organised. You will also have a final dinner on the final day of your Project, so we recommend not booking a 6am flight the next day!