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20 February 2007

British Schools Exploring Society hosts welcome home reception
for teenagers desert expedition

Please note: Journalists free to attend

The British Schools Exploring Society (BSES Expeditions) is hosting a welcome home reception at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) on Thursday 22 March 2007 at 6.15 PM, for a team of international teenagers who traveled across the Sharqiya Sands in Oman for an expedition with Connecting Cultures.

Tickets cost £10.00 and can be purchased from Henrietta Staveley on 020 7591 3141 or email at BSES Expeditions.

BSES Expeditions recruited three lucky teenagers to join the British contingent of the 14-strong team, which made the 100 km (62 miles) trek on foot in eight days, with nothing but camels for support. They will share their amazing experiences and celebrate a successful, eye-opening journey with guests that include mountaineer and BSES patron Chris Bonnington as well as explorer John Blashford-Snell.

Connecting Cultures ( organised the expedition with the aim to promote face-to-face intercultural dialogue between young people from Great Britain and the Arab World, through a challenging desert trek. The journey had an emphasis on identifying what the group had in common, rather than what divides them.

This expedition started on the 9th February 2007 in the Sharqiya Sands area of the Sultanate of Oman. The young people from Britain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman, Pakistan and Fiji worked together as a team to overcome a series of problem solving activities en-route.

Jack Lister shares his experiences of the expedition and said, ‘Despite the language barrier it was easy to communicate with other members of the group, which allowed for surprisingly deep discussions.

‘It has become clear that the things in life that count are values, goals and ambitions, and we are all very much alike. In turn this provoked conversations as to why there is such a perceived difference between the Arab and Western worlds. We all agreed that it is the extreme actions of the few that sets our worlds apart, not us as individuals,’ Jack explained.

Mark Evans, founder of Connecting Cultures and former leader of BSES said, ‘In over 20 years of running youth expeditions I have never witnessed the degree of learning both about themselves as individuals, and importantly about each others cultures. Some very powerful discussions have developed around the campfire from this outstanding group of young people.’

Team member Qusai Alzou’bi from Jordan comments on the expedition, ‘I am proud to have developed friendships with the whole team, through learning about their customs and traditions. I have gained self confidence, learned how to prioritise, how to listen and take criticism positively. I was delighted to visit Oman, the desert is a beautiful, magical world. I feel almost like an ambassador for Jordan, and want to reflect a good image of my country.

‘Finally, I will not forget these days, and I wish the organisers success to help others benefit the way we all have,’ Qusai concludes.

This is the first unique expedition for Connecting Cultures, and due to it’s success the expedition will happen annually. Please visit the website at for more information.

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A selection of images of the expedition are available on request

For BSES event information contact:

Henrietta Staveley on 020 7591 3141 or email at BSES Expeditions

For media information contact:

Carrie-Anne Savage, 020 7569 3044 or or Tina Fotherby, 020 7569 3042 or at The Yes Consultancy.

Notes to editors
The British Schools Exploring Society (BSES Expeditions) is a non-profit UK-based charity which is this year celebrating it’s 75th anniversary in May. Founded in 1932 by the late Surgeon Commander G. Murray Levick, a member of Scott’s final Antarctic Expedition of 1910-13, the BSES is one of the longest running organisations of its type.

Based at The Royal Geographical Society in London, BSES Expeditions has provided opportunities for young people of all abilities between the ages of 16 and 23 to take part in adventure projects that involve science research in wilderness areas.

The aim of BSES Expeditions is to help the personal and social development of young people, through the challenge of living and working in remote and demanding areas of the world.

Over the past 75 years, the BSES have:

• Discovered one new site of bushman artwork and artefacts in Africa.
• Trekked 57.6 times around the world. (That’s 2,303,840km!)
• Measured 133 glacier snouts in the Artic.
• Recorded 13,860 blood pressures in high altitude physiology studies.
• Protected 30,000 turtle eggs.

The founder of Connecting Cultures is Mark Evans. Mark is a firm believer in the value of outdoor challenges as a vehicle for lifelong-learning. He has personally led over twenty expeditions for young people, including four for BSES Expeditions, and has spent two years of his life living in tents in the Arctic.

This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Yes Consultancy in the following categories: Children & Teenagers, Leisure & Hobbies, Environment & Nature, Travel, Education & Human Resources, for more information visit