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“Born to be in the mountains”

After Jules excellent blog about her Mont Blanc ascent, I’d also like to write about my passion for mountains. What does mountaineering represent to me? It means freedom, adrenaline, pure…

On top of the world!

Some random morning at the breakfast table of the Holland family. In between sandwich-making for five kids, last minute homework and discussing everyones program for the day (especially optimizing mum’s…

The Secrets and Insides of Journalism

Vienna – “Journalists have power!” and every article needs a good start. Two things I learnt during my internship at the Austrian newspaper “DerStandard”. Journalism is a desired job. It…

Take 2: A Northern Asian Adventure

The Gobi Desert, Altai Mountains & Rural China There was absolutely no way we could top our adventures of July 2012 on the Africa expedition, but this summer Ollie and…

Cleaning Up Kraljevo

Now it’s time for the peer leaders to organize their own projects and actions! During the Eco camp in Tara National Park we taught them about project management and gave…

Quiet campsites…

It’s funny how everyone takes out their cameras on the last day. And Dima is busy like never before because everybody wants to take group pictures. Saying good bye was…

All good things come to an end

In the beginning of a project the end always seems to be so far away. It seems as if you’ll have endless time together, so many things to organize, to…

Fogy Days and Night Hike

You stumble out of your tent and see – nothing. The whole camp is covered in fog and it is about to start raining. But what’s this? Everyone is standing…

It’s rafting time

Rafting time! This is what all of the group was looking forward to – rafting on the river that marks the border between Bosnia and Serbia. When a hole in…

Peer Leaders take over

In the beginning we were only a few YE’s, then the peer leaders joined us and now we are complete as the kids from the primary school arrived at lunch…

Painting Benches

Our task today was a bit different to the things we’ve done so far: for the next few days we’ll work together with the national park rangers and paint benches,…

The Day After the Raid

After long discussions the other evening unfortunately we had to decide to cancel the raid. For some of the guys it was too tough and they had bad knees, blisters…

Pangaea Raid

Three, two, one – GO! Today the famous raid started, but not in the mountains of Switzerland but in Serbia! The group of peer leaders was split up into three…

A Day Full of Sport

Today was a real sports day! As always, Jule and Nora started of with a run in the morning before breakfast. Saskia then gave a workshop about project management and…

First Day at the Ecocamp

“Morning exercise in five minutes! ”  the first tired faces appear at the tent doors. Maybe the peer leaders regret the late night yesterday! We started the day with a…

We are in Tara National Park!

This small farm at the border to Tara National Park is normally a quiet place not many people visit. But from today on it will be busy! When the group…

Arriving in Kraljevo

written by Saskia Bauer Five months of planning and organizing and finally our team of young explorers from Germany, Switzerland and Serbia arrives in Kraljevo, three hours south of Belgrade.…

How to Get Inspired by Nature to Create Architecture?

A giant Amazon Water Lily Leaf Structure HOW TO GET INSPIRED BY NATURE TO CREATE ARCHITECTURE? The Amazon Expedition and the whole Young Explorer Program made me understand that I…

“Does anyone see the next summit?”

„Constantin, keep up with the group!“ … I just saw white … white clouds, white snow on the ground and in the air, a strong wind from the side and…

Bamfield Marine Science Centre Youth Forum

Engaging in discussions about various marine biology topics with like-minded youth, observing grey whales in their natural habitat, a day-hike to Taplatos Beach for an investigation into plastic pollution: this…

Pangaea Grant: 1000 Euros for Coral Reef Protection

In February 2013 the application for the Pangaea Grant was opened. It was difficult to select the best proposal for an environmental act project amongst all applications. Anthon Rivas (22)…

The sun rises at 5 am in Tambopata

When electricity is scarce, water is not drinkable, the weather is not always in your favor, mosquitoes, and many other insects bother you 24h a day, and phone reception is…

Cycling the length of New Zealand

After 2300 kilometers, 43 days and many challenges along the way, we had made it! We had just cycled the length of New Zealand! It all started with a wild…

Agricultural and Pastoral Show in Christchurch

Every year in Christchurch, we have an annual A&P Show – Agricultural and Pastoral Show. It runs for three days, people bring their cows, sheep and chickens to show off,…

Running to Stop the Traffik – 24-Hour Race

On the 24th of November 2012 at 10:00am the 3rd  Hong Kong 24-Hour ‘Running to Stop the Traffik’ Race kicked off! Students from 16 International Schools from all over Hong…

From sand dunes, trucks and sea lions…

The Dakar Rally is a famous off-road endurance race originally called “Paris to Dakar rally”, but since 2009 it takes place in South America. This year it started in Lima,…

Teaching Examples

 “Example isn’t another way to teach, it is the only way to teach” Albert Einstein     Very often I heard poeple talking about purposelessness of youth’s being from an old generation. However…

International Adventure Racing team

Dear Young Explorers I am writing this blog to see how much interest there is in establishing an International Adventure Racing team. After seeing the amount of people ready to…

Youth Forum Rio+20 in Vienna (part II)

In April, 60 young Austrians met in Vienna to participate in the Youth forum Rio+20 (see Youth forum Rio+20 in Vienna (part I)). In four days we did workshops, discussed and,…

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been going on for over six decades. It’s hard to summarize it in short. But 4 days ago, the conflict has taken a turn, once again.…

Some Thoughts About Life (Part 2): Smile!

Creating smiles is one of the most fulfilling feelings I experience in my daily life. There are so many small things that are no effort at all for you but…

A life changing eco-camp!

The eco camp that took place in Tara National Park, Serbia, in May this year, changed the lives of the kids who participated. This experience was something unusual and new…

Time to say goodbye

We arrived at the school with mixed emotions. It was our last day here at Fontein Combined School. On the one hand we were happy that we finished our work.…

Restroom finalization day!

Today was a big day! After many long days of drilling, welding and sawing, our work has paid off! We revealed the new bathrooms to the foundation phase kids (ages…

Behind the scenes of Gelvandale

Giving something to someone who really needs it is the best thing in the world. “Giving is receiving and receiving is giving. That’s really the secret that lies behind living.”…

Back in Port Elizabeth – Geberit project part 2

It was with broad smiles and big hugs that we were welcomed at Fontein Combined School in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. After three months, we are back at the school…

About a flourishing garden and AIDS Haven

Today we rolled up our sleeves and got our hands dirty! We started the day with working in the food garden. The garden is flourishing and the plants are producing…

Home sweet home, Port Elizabeth!

It was with broad smiles and big hugs that we were welcomed at Fontein Combined School in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. After three months, we are back at the school…

Mexico Humanitarian Trip 2012

March of 2012, I had the incredible opportunity to embark on a journey to Mexico lead by the organization “Live Different” with my Global Initiatives class.  In four eventful days,…

Some thoughts about life

Why have some people more money than others? Why are some people from countries where the social standard is high enough that they don’t have to worry about anything? Why…

Time to harvest!

“What you sow.. you shall reap” Over the holiday period, which lasted for a week. Members of our garden committee spent some time in the garden. Today we reaped our…

The Forest Like a Chamber Painted

The forest like a chamber painted In lilac, golden, purple, green Stands on the edge of opening, The wall so exquisite and dainty. (Bunin) The end of September. The time…

A week full of forests and trees

On Saturday, September 9th, ten exchange students from all over the world (Argentina, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, Japan, Costa Rica) who a currently staying in Germany for one year met at…

Update from the Garden

The garden is flourishing. Teachers and learners have been actively busy up in garden. Weeding is taking place regularly and some of the plants have to be transplanted into new…

La Movida Percussion Workshop

The purpose of La Movida is to teach children and teenagers who live in underprivileged areas that developing interests in life, and working in order to develop skills in such…

Artistic Teachers

Our gifted staff members decided to put their artistic art skills to work and painted some walls! written by Taryn Bouah

Expanding Murals

Today we used the Grade 8 learners to continue the work Connie, Becci and Saskia started. The learners thoroughly enjoyed painting to the point that some of them did not…

Ongoing Geberit renovations – Update

The renovation and preparation works continue for the Geberit team from Switzerland and Germany to arrive in October to complete the project!

Another crucial goodbye

There are many differences between people who don’t have much and those who are more privileged. One of them is that it’s much easier to make a less fortunate person…

Life at Fontein Primary School

In life you have to be able to handle every kind of situation or at least make others believe that you can. Today during break I saw myself faced with…