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Explorer Belt: Projects

Major projects

Each team should choose a major project. The assessment team should approve the project before departure. A good major project is one that:
Some examples would be finding out about facilities for young people, especially scouting in the area being visited or finding out everything you can about, and try, food and drink that is traditional to the area. The major project should take between ten and fifteen hours to complete.

Sample major projects

Smaller projects

Each team should also complete ten smaller projects. Five of these should be surprise projects set by the other members of the Network or Unit. These projects should be given to the team 24 hours before departure. Teams should be able to choose projects from a longer list of around 20 projects, in order to provide flexibility and choice based on local circumstances.

A good project is one that:
Some examples could be chatting to the oldest person you can find in a village about the changes they have seen in the area during their lifetime or 'in the UK, many people use the internet every day; how important is the Internet to people in the area you're visiting?'

Under no circumstances should a project be a 'dare'.

Both the major and smaller projects are a way of encouraging teams to meet and talk to local people. Teams should be encouraged to keep some record of these contacts in the diary to help them during the debriefing, but there is no requirement to write a report for each project.

Sample smaller projects

•    Milk a local cow/goat
•    Sleep within site of a specific landmark
•    Cook a national dish from your home country for a family
•    Cook a local meal
•    Teach or learn a local/national dance
•    Appear on local tv/radio/newspaper
•    Get your picture taken with a local dignitary
•    Spend a night in a police station (legally)
•    Visit a particular museum, cultural site or tourist attraction
•    Teach English at a local school
•    Visit a local Scout/youth group
•    Taste as many local chocolates as you can
•    Dress in national costume
•    Visit/take part in a local ceremony
•    Visit a local craftsman
•    Go shopping with a local family
•    Visit a local market and buy a selection of local products to use in your cooking
•    Visit a local place of worship, or take part in an act of worship
•    Work for a family for a day
•    Help out on a local farm
•    Visit a local leisure facility
•    Buy a selection of postcards and send them to your section leader/DC/etc
•    Ride a horse/camel/etc
•    Sleep somewhere strange or unusual for a night
•    Travel on a train/stand on the footplate of a train
•    Find out from local people their views on the effectiveness of the public transport system
•    Describe how local family life differs from your own


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