The Trail Process
A Wilderness Trail is a once in a lifetime experience, an experience that not only brings you in touch with nature but in touch with yourself. The trail deepens understanding of one’s need for a connection to the natural world, the challenges facing wild places and animals. It also develops and deepens values and actions towards strengthening ourselves and taking more responsibility for a sustainable future.
Before the trail
The Wilderness Foundation UK will assist with planning your expedition; provide regular support via face to face meetings and remotely through email, telephone and social media channels.
We will deliver promotional and planning presentations to your group and their parents and can also offer activities and workshops to prepare you for your trip, such as fundraising, Responsible Tourism and Leave No Trace Ethics.
We will prepare and provide a detailed itinerary for your expedition and provide a comprehensive packing list of clothing and equipment. We are always happy to help with questions and provide advice to parents and teachers on an ad hoc basis.
We will provide up to date risk assessments for all elements of your programme.
We will collect payments and make all the necessary arrangements for your expedition, making sure that your planning and processes are as seamless as possible.
For the duration of your trip, from time of departure until your return, we provide a 24/7 telephone contact support number that can be used in the event of an emergency either at home or overseas.
Groups are responsible for booking their own flights for overseas trails, as well as any internal flights that may be required for their itinerary – we can provide advice and information where needed. Groups also need to arrange their own travel insurance (often through the school).
We will arrange all transfers and accommodation in your destination country.
We will also provide up to date information on passport and visa requirements and on travel regulations for unaccompanied minors, or other in-country legal requirements.
After the expedition
On your return, we will arrange a debriefing meeting/phone call with the expedition leader. We will send all trailists a questionnaire to complete, giving an opportunity to provide detailed feedback on their trip. We welcome all feedback and always aim to ensure that trailists have the best possible experience.
We also encourage teachers and students to send us photographs from their trip and (with their permission), we will use these to promote the Foundation’s work via our social media outlets.
Students and teachers are offered automatic membership of the Foundation so that we can keep in touch and provide updates on talks and events that support their experience.
Students are invited to join our Facebook Trails Alumni Group, where they can connect with others from different schools and share experiences.