Young cultural ambassadors wanted for free desert odyssey

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Four young, British people are being given the once in a lifetime opportunity to join a cultural learning expedition in the deserts of Oman for FREE (all costs including flights, accommodation and food are covered except for insurance, visas and personal equipment which is not expected to exceed £100.) The British Schools Exploration Society (BSES) has teamed up with Connecting Cultures to offer this fantastic prize to four outstanding young Brits aged between 17 and 25. Connecting Cultures is a unique educational initiative that promotes face to face interaction between young people from both the Western world and the Arab world via short but intense wilderness journeys. This exciting initiative is to celebrate diversity and to promote understanding between the cultures by identifying shared values and learning from one and other. Will Taunton-Burnet, Executive Director for BSES Expeditions said: “What better way to bring two cultures together? It has never been so important to spread cultural understanding between the Western and Arab worlds.” “We are delighted to have teamed up with such a fantastic initiative and to be able to offer this expedition as a prize. It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the winners.” Will Taunton-Burnet continued. The lucky winners will be joined on their journey by young people of the same age from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, Germany and France. Together they will journey across the desert by camel, take part in discussions around the campfire and compare their lives, values and ideas for the future. The prize includes return flights from London to Muscat, all-in country travel, food, fuel, specialist equipment and accommodation. There will be two trips; one for women (7th to the 12th February 2008), and one for men (2nd to the 8th April 2008). The ideal applicant will be someone who: • Is able to speak good English or Arabic • Is aged between 17-25 in February 2008 • Is based in the UK and would be a good ambassador for their country • Is reasonably fit, and mentally determined • Has an interest in current/international affairs • Shows leadership potential and is likely to lead others in the future To apply and for further information please contact Nancy Pickup at the British Schools Exploration Society at nancy@bses.org.uk or visit http://www.bses.org.uk/bses_news.php to download an application form. BSES Expeditions, The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR Telephone: 020 7591 3141, fax: 020 7591 3140, email: info@bses.org.uk

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