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Project Everest Ventures

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At Project Everest Ventures, we believe that solving the world’s social issues won’t be achieved by doing what’s always been done before…so we do international development differently and you can be part of making a real difference.

Our programs enable you to be part of addressing a huge global challenge and creating a long-term and beneficial solution to that issue within a local community. From economic empowerment to food security; renewable energy and sustainable fuel alternatives, you’ll be working with us AND local communities to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and shape authentic social impact.

You will be playing a hands-on role, working directly with the local community you’re immersed within, on a team of 6-8 other student ‘trekkers’. You will have a highly trained Team Leader who will facilitate the project growth and be looking after the wellbeing of the team throughout the internship, as well as Seniors Leaders who keep the entire group running smoothly.

Founded
2015
Headquarters

233 Bulwara Rd
Ultimo NSW 2066
Australia

We are a Certified B Corporation!

We are proud to operate within a dedicated community of global leaders driving an international movement towards using business as a force for good. As a certified B Corporation, we meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose across all areas of our business.

Reviews

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Shinyi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

PEV has truly pushed people to develop. Personally, I have developed myself as a person where I am more confident than I was before I went on the trip. Being put into a foreign situation with new people forced me to make new friends. These friends are now people who I care for deeply and are now my life long friends. Furthermore, I now have a deeper understanding on social issues and the importance of being able to empathise with people around us to build meaningful relationships. I would highly recommend this program.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be raw. Always make the hard choices, even if it means spending an extreme amount of money for this program
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Sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This project is so multilayered that I never would have believed I would walk away with as many new skills, friends or personal insights. The workshops showed me areas in my professional life where I could improve and I felt that I was able to do this fully supported by my leaders and my team mates. Living with so many people too was a wholesome experience with candlelit dinners and the most generous and caring environment. I would do again in a heartbeat ! Can not recommend this enough to students or anyone wanting to push their limits and learn a lot with heaps of people !

What would you improve about this program?
The living quarters are basic so that funds are directed to more important things so I would say be aware of that.
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Joseph
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The trip with PEV was so much fun! I learnt a lot both about myself and others, as well as discovered a country that I would never normally visit. The project work was enjoyable and everyone in the house was so passionate about their project and what they were doing. I feel that one of the biggest aspects of the trip is living in a house with 30+ people, getting to know everyone super well. On the weekends, the trips are a lot of fun, we went on a safari, to a game lodge and on a mountain hike with an amazing view.

What would you improve about this program?
Sometimes the projects are lacking in clear direction.
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Elyse
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This trip was such an amazing experience, living and growing close with 35 other people in one house was so much fun. I think that the personal and professional development I have gained from this experience can not be matched anywhere else! Malawi definitely lends itself to creating unique experiences for everyone. It is an insane country to visit and the fact that we got to live and experience so much in such a beautiful country is incredible. This is definitely a trip I would recommend to anyone.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
On safari we saw a cheetah! We apparently saw the first one that the guide had seen this year!!
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Will
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Project Everest Ventures Malawi Solar project has been one of the most phenomenal experiences of my University career. I got to learn about social enterprise in solar energy. In a fun and engaging environment with a group of talented people. The leaders facilitate you to grow to your full potential. I engaged with local stakeholders, lead a team, rebuilt solar panels and conducted experiments to determine the best methods to grow the business. I have learnt a great deal and I look forward to implementing it into my future career.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Stay humble, bring a second towel, read the February handover and embrace everything.

Programs

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Social Impact Entrepreneurship Experience in Malawi
Malawi
20 reviews

A Social Impact Internship in Malawi will expose you to hands-on...

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Social Impact Entrepreneurship Experience in India
India
12 reviews1 interview

Our India experiential development programs are based in Bhubaneswar...

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Social Impact Entrepreneur Experience in Fiji
Fiji
11 reviews

Enabling sustainable social impact in Fiji is a real-world industry...

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Social Impact Entrepreneur Experience in Timor-Leste
Timor-Leste
11 reviews

When it comes to experiencing raw, grassroots development alongside a...

Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Maddy McArthur

Maddy is an adventurous and big-hearted student from Australia who is always looking for an opportunity to push herself outside of her comfort zone and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose Project Everest Ventures (PEV) as an internship as the experience had been raved about by a close friend!

PEV, as an organisation, is focused on achieving the UN sustainable development goals through the creation of socially beneficial, affordable and sustainable business solutions that are tailored to solving social issues in developing countries, which I also absolutely love as it's a very sustainable way to make an impact.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

PEV has an incredible team that's in contact with you from the very beginning. They constantly provide you with support and information through phone calls, emails or messages to ensure that you are organized with the necessary documents and have a good idea about what working in a developing country looks like prior to leaving.

Furthermore, they also run a full day of training prior to leaving for country, where you’ll get to meet your team and some of your leaders, while learning all of the core methodologies surrounding business, crisis management and project development that you’ll apply every day while overseas.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Throw yourself into every aspect of the project possible.

It is such an incredible experience to meet like-minded individuals, develop personally and professionally and be a part of making an impact in others' lives so give it absolutely everything you can. You are only going to get out what you put in, so push yourself outside of your comfort zone, identify your strengths and weaknesses and take it all in to become the best that you can be as I can promise you that it is going to fly by.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

While on the project, I lived and breathed India! We were based in a small village 35 minutes out of Bhubaneswar, ate traditional Indian meals every night (chicken dopiza and samosa’s were a stable!), experienced the craziness of Indian public transport and were able to explore what makes India so special and unique on the weekends.

Each day of project varies drastically day to day; however, throughout the month, I was able to experience empathizing with farmers in the local communities, setting up and planning business meetings with government officials, developing my business skills and knowledge by running workshops, building my soft skills by increasing my EQ and integrating knowledge from my university degree back into my project.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I had plenty of fears prior to leaving on the project but my biggest one was probably the unknown.

Living and working in a different country with people you don't know can obviously be pretty daunting, and it's difficult to feel comfortable with this one. However, I encourage you to take each day as it comes, soak up not knowing what's happening at all times, and learn to roll with the changes.

If you take things one step at a time, then there's nothing which you can't accomplish!

Any last pieces of advice?

If you're sitting on the fence, just do it. Take the leap of faith and apply, because you have no idea where this experience will take you otherwise! My internship with PEV has been a once in a lifetime opportunity where I have been fortunate enough to develop my leadership abilities in an environment that is both supportive and stimulating. My month interning was inspiring, challenging and I’ve never met a group of individuals as wholesome and committed to long-term and positive change as the team at PEV. I can safely say that my involvement with PEV is hands down the best decision I’ve ever made as a university student.

If you are interested in tackling real social issues with a multidisciplinary team of other socially-minded students, while learning leadership skills, being immersed within a local community, and being part of the global social change movement, then I could not recommend Project Everest Ventures more highly!

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