“Sparking growth through transformative adventures”

World Challenge Expeditions is an education orientated company focusing on enlightening school children by offering them a chance to explore the planet. With close to 100 countries to choose from, World Challenge has established itself as a very successful global business. Jonathan Tucker, the Logistics Manager and Programme Coordinator at World Challenge, filled us in on his experience in the industry:

Background

When I left school, I started work as a river guide for a short period. I was involved in organising and leading white-water rafting adventures.
I soon became involved in the events industry. My career has predominantly revolved around throwing various types of events.

The company, I worked with at the time, was known as Loud Fire and Venture Scapes. As a company, we focused on creating 5-Star dining experiences in remote and rural locations.

The Business

n a nutshell, we effectively take school children on expeditions to third world countries that are led by students.

As a global company we visit around 100 destinations around the world. Our South African teams tend to go to Nepal, most of South-East Asia: Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, as well as Morocco, Madagascar and India.

Those are our main destinations and then recently we have just introduced Costa Rica into our product offering.

The Job

The most exciting part of my job has to be the expeditions themselves. Travelling the world and experience different cultures has become a passion of mine.

I generally do about 2 or 3 expeditions a year, where I’ll do a school trip between 16 and 21 days.
Going into Nepal is definitely one of the best expeditions I’ve run. Nepal has amazing hiking up into high altitudes as well as some of the best white-water rafting in the world.

I am in love with Nepal. It is an amazing country, with some of the most wonderful people, it has so much diversity and can be culturally mind blowing. It really is an incredible place.

Adventures

Outside of work, I have done a huge amount of expeditions and private adventures. A few highlights over the past 2 years:
Big road trip to Victoria Falls for their New year Carnival It was great to go back and the trip was absolutely awesome. It is a special place and one of my personal favourites.

Another highlight was kayaking over Ulrika Falls in Limpopo. It is the third highest runnable waterfall in the country and has a 16-metre drop.

Finally, racing Expedition Africa. Expedition Africa is a 550km self-supporting race. The race took place in Namaqualand. It involved cycling, kayaking and trekking around the area to reach various check points. It was an incredible experience. This year I will be competing in expedition Africa Rodrigues Island.

Work in Progress

As a company we are making a huge amount of changes.

As of last year, we have eliminated any form of orphanage tourism and animal encounters due to the negative impacts they bring about.

We’re trying to focus on conservation and humanitarian projects in an attempt to add value when visiting these third world countries.

There has also been a big drive to generate more internal dialog and become a truly global company with great success thus far.

Why Co.Space?

Our previous offices were in Rosebank. We had an office on the fourth floor in the building and our storage was 5 stories underground below the parking. It just didn’t work for me. I didn’t like being there. I didn’t like having to go up and down to fetch whatever I needed from the storage facilities.

Being a small company, we don’t need a huge amount of space. Just highly functional space.

Co.Space offered us a suitable option that fit our business. Co.Space gave us the opportunity to have the office and store our equipment in one space.

I love the environment and the entrepreneurs in the community. It’s an incredible concept and the unit works for me.

Collaborations

We have done business with a few other Co.Spacers in the community.

South Pole Printing has done quite a bit of laminating and printing for us. They did the branding on our windows and they also helped us with some t-shirt printing which we gave to some of the expeditions teachers as gifts.

We have also done business with Tribeca. We bought caps from Tribeca and then got South Pole to print our branding on the them.

There are a few other bits and pieces that Co.Space members have helped me with along the way.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
-H. Jackson Brown Jr.

If you would like to know more about Jonathan and his exciting career at World Challenge, contact him via:

Email: jtucker@world-challenge.co.za
Phone: 061 009 3643
Facebook: World Challenge
Instagram: @weareworldchallenge

Or visit their website at:
https://weareworldchallenge.com

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