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British Exploring Society, UK + Worldwide

Location: UK / Worldwide based expeditions


Lead with British Exploring Society in 2023

British Exploring Society is a world class youth development charity with a unique heritage, founded on the belief that challenging experiences can transform lives, empowering and equipping young people with the courage, skills, resilience and determination to make the most of their future.

We prepare and take young people on expeditions to remote locations where they face challenges, gain skills and learn about themselves - as well as acquiring knowledge relevant to their lives and to the fragile environments that they explore.

The results are transformative – not just in terms of practical skills and resilience, but in a new-found confidence and self-belief which they carry forward to their future life.

More than this, through their adventure together, our young people forge friendships for life and become part of a unique supportive and continuing community of explorers with shared experiences, values and perspectives on the world.

We are committed to building an executive and volunteer team that together represent a diverse variety of backgrounds, skills, and perspectives on the world. The more inclusive we are, the better we think we’ll be at delivering our charitable aims.

We are an equal opportunities employer and do not discriminate on the grounds of gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or civil partner status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, disability, or age.

If you are interested in applying and require any accessibility adjustments to the interview process, please do let us know when you apply. Thank you.

Upcoming opportunities

Expeditions are between 3 and 6 weeks long and take place during academic holiday periods. For summer 2023, we are currently recruiting Leaders for all our expeditions.

The 2023 expeditions we are currently recruiting for include:

· Canadian Yukon 3 week

· DNG Iceland 3 week

· Hartz Scotland 4 week

· Kyrgyzstan 5 week

We welcome applications for all our Leader positions, including Adventure Leaders, Knowledge Leaders, Social Leaders, and Medical Leaders. Additionally, we are keen to hear from those with relevant or transferable senior leadership experience to fulfil our Basecamp Manager, Trainee Leader Mentor, Chief and Deputy Chief Leader roles. Learn more about the roles available.

Benefits of leading with us

· Lead, inspire and facilitate the personal development of young people in remote and wild environments

· Meet a huge range of new people, forging friendships and memories of shared experiences

· Learn new skills and develop existing skills that can help shape and support your career

· Become part of a community of volunteer Leaders and a Member of British Exploring Society

We are looking for applicants who are:

· Able and passionate about leading, inspiring, and teaching young people.

· Comfortable spending extended periods in remote and sometimes harsh environments.

· Able to commit to all pre- expedition training events. Dates are still being confirmed for the 2023 season though they will be similar to the 2022 pre-expedition training events. Please keep checking the link attached for the 2023 dates.

· Available for expedition for 2 or 5 weeks from mind July

As a charity, all Leader positions are undertaken on a voluntary basis and Leaders join for the intrinsic value of adventure, education, and personal development of young people. You do not have to fundraise to lead on our expeditions.

Prior to expedition all volunteer Leaders will receive training and support. All main expedition costs are covered, including insurance, specialist equipment, expedition food and accommodation. Leaders will need to provide their own personal kit as well as vaccinations and visas (if applicable). Leaders may claim expenses for UK training events, and we do ask that first time Leaders cover the cost of their flights.

How do I apply? Please visit for further info about our volunteer roles. Begin the application process by submitting an expression of interest.

We are currently running leader assessment days for the 2023 season. If you have any further questions, please contact us directly on

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