Why Project Everest Ventures?

How are we different from other international internships?

Our Projects have purpose:

Our projects are not month long projects, they’re several years in length – you come in for a segment of that. It operates beyond that involvement which works towards sustainability and away from projects operating simply for the sake of students going on them. While student development is a huge focus of ours, we are highly conscious of the impact these international internships have on communities.

Most students continue their involvement after their internship:

The biggest difference between PEV and other international internships is the various ways to continue to stay involved post the initial internship. We call these Pathways, you can intern for 4, 8, or 12 weeks, then you have the option to apply for Business Development Training or Team Leader Training (an accredited Cert III in Leadership through ‘Forme’). Once you have completed the training, you could return on project as a Business Consultant, a Team Leader, or Experienced Leader. There is also Senior Leader Training, where you can return as a Second in Charge or Group Leader. These senior leadership roles are filled by trained and exceptional university students. To be in third or fourth year and be able to say you’ve been responsible for the success and welfare of up to 60 other students, and 5 projects in a developing country is massive. We have a strong alumni community who are constantly involved in the training and events we have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How far you take the Projects is up to you:

PEV does not intend on holding onto all of the projects in entirety, you have the opportunity to own part of the business venture and how far you go with that is up to your own success, drive and desire. We have a whole division at PEV focused on projects and commericalsation, getting these projects to scale and having students who are equipped and capable to manage them ongoing.

 

Your team is multidisciplinary:

At university you’re often surrounded by people doing the same thing you are but that isn’t necessarily how it works when you graduate and gain employment. You end up working with people in completely seperate or sometimes overlapping fields, and its important to not only understand how that works, but the value in having an external reference point. It’s also golden for networking. Our teams are often a mix of Business, Engineering, Science, Humanities, and Agriculture students, this degree of teamwork and collaboration is what builds the soft skills you need to illustrate as a graduate, and provides an insight into project work outside of university. Also provides students with a strong insight into the other fields of knowledge and introduce them to concepts they find that they thoroughly enjoy and want to pursue.

 

It’s financially competitive considering the time in-country and other available providers:

Many international internship options available to students are two weeks in length. PEV projects start at four weeks, and are extended to twelve. We see the value in fully immersing yourself in the environment, the methodologies, the culture, and the intention of the projects. You build relationships with people in the community, with your peers, and with your leaders that will last a lifetime. Comparing the options available for students: the cost for our four week project is commonly less than most other two week projects available through alternate providers. This means PEV is affordable for students, with the price breakdown and inclusions clear, fair, and available.

 

Student travel insurance is always included:

We work closely with International SOS to ensure we always have the most up to date and reliable safety and secure information on our project locations. We have also included all participants travel insurance in the project cost because our desire is to ensure all students are covered comprehensively and that we are able to activate their policy in the shortest possible time should they need that cover.

Details on our student travel insurance can be found here.

 

Training is incorporated and valued:

We started this organisation focused on training Australian students, you can see that focus in our operations and values. We hold our own extensive Pre Departure training which prepares students for project. The Pre Departure Training (called Trekker Training) is open for University partners to attend and observe. We also have Induction in country, training throughout project and opportunities through the Pathways to continue student training and development. The training throughout project changes, but maintains a focus on personal development. Topics can include: public speaking, creative thinking through human centred design workshops, professional management through stakeholder relationships, individual debriefs that create strategies for personal growth and team dynamic activities.

 

All staff are PEV alumni:

Our employment opportunities are made available first to our alumni base. It makes sense as the experience you have from being involved can’t be transferred without that first hand exposure. We value our people and endeavour to keep them involved when we have the capacity. One of the roles recently created is Training Coordinator, responsible for improving, refining and delivering the training components of PEV alongside core team members. Other roles include content creation, marketing, lead generation, sales, university relationships, research and development, and commercialisation.

My first involvement with PEV was as a trekker in Fiji in January 2016, expecting only to gain some CV-Candy and a few good stories; boy did I underestimate the experience. Since trekking I went on to complete both Team Leadership and Senior Leadership Training; spent 1 month in Timor-Leste as a Team Leader, and 3 months as a 2IC; trained hundreds of trekkers and leaders in Design Thinking and Empathy-driven methodologies; and, undertaken contracted design work across branding, pitch and presentation content, strategy and social media.

Throughout university, however, I didn’t anticipate my particular skill-set in design and innovation strategy, fulfilling an existing role in the office team. Fortunately, my graduation coincided with the introduction of the Content Creation/Coordinator role. Since taking this on, I have applied the skills from my education towards my understanding of what it means to embody PEV in voice and image. As the first person to undertake this position, I have had the flexibility to craft this role into whatever it needs to be, and to have this authority and freedom so quickly out of university is incredibly unique and liberating. Lily Partridge

Content Coordinator

There are multiple destinations:

We are currently based in Fiji, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Malawi and in the next few months, India. We have been in Nepal, Argentina, Uganda, and Vietnam. This variety provides students options, in what kind of experience they’re able and willing to undertake.

 

We are the opposite end of the spectrum to voluntourism or study tours:

While there is merit to study tours, PEV does not run study tours. We are completely opposed to voluntourism due to the myriad of issues it causes in communities. Our projects are internships where students will work on long-term, sustainable businesses, that address a social issue. These businesses operate within local communities, and the success of ‘business’ in this space (as opposed to charity) is that if the community doesn’t want it, doesn’t need it, or can’t afford it – they won’t buy it. The project then needs to iterate and become desired, affordable, and required by the community for it to continue.

 

We never use the term ‘because this is how we have always done it’:

As a business, we value innovation, we are always looking at ways to become more efficient, effective, add value, and look after our teams. The amount of input and power students have within PEV is unlike any other organisation we have seen,  if there is something we should be doing, or something we can do better – we are completely open to that. Feedback is key, evolving is important. The success of PEV is completely due to the students we have within, this is their success.

We are raw, we work hard, and we thrive at the front of the social change movement.