YOUTH CHARITY LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE and DESERT EXPEDITION to the EMPTY QUARTER

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Young people with a lust for adventure and a passion for environmental science are urged to apply for The British Schools Exploring Society’s desert expedition to Oman’s Empty Quarter in spring 2011. This is the first desert expedition BSES is running for a number of years and promises to be an extraordinary opportunity for those looking to take a gap year in 2011. Will Taunton-Burnet, Executive Director of BSES Expeditions, said: “We are delighted to be considering an expedition to such a culturally rich and environmentally fascinating country. By kind permission of the Government and Authorities of the Sultanate of Oman, BSES hopes to be able to make valuable contributions to the body of environmental study and research work, and to further understanding of this wonderful environment.” Proposed expedition activities include desert field studies and surveying techniques, desert ecology, geology, wildlife surveys and anthropology. The expedition also proposes to carry out investigations into the fabled trade routes and lost trade centres of this area. Living in tents in a vast expanse of astounding natural beauty, the young explorers will be taught how to survive in extreme conditions and to journey great distances under the guidance of world-class leaders. Those taking part will have to be physically fit, enthusiastic and resourceful in order to succeed on such an expedition and to sustain the mental and physical hardships of such a significant adventure. Any young people inspired by this opportunity, brave enough to take on the challenge and keen to experience the adventure of a lifetime should visit BSES’s new website www.bses.org.uk for more details. We are very pleased to be re-launching our website and hope that it will provide a welcoming introduction for all users and inspire more young people to get involved in expeditions.

About BSES Expeditions:

The British Schools Exploring Society (BSES Expeditions) is a non-profit UK-based youth development charity which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2007. Founded in 1932 by the late Surgeon Commander G Murray Levick, a member of Scott’s final Antarctic Expedition of 1910-13, 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 adventurous expeditions that involve scientific 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, BSES has: * 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 Arctic. * Recorded 13,860 blood pressures in high altitude physiology studies. * Protected 30,000 turtle eggs.Patron quotes ‘BSES gives those young people with a dream the chance to explore some of the world's most remote regions. With that exploration, I have found, so often comes a sense of pride and achievement - and that is the real magic of BSES. It builds the champions and explorers of the future.’ —Bear Grylls, British explorer, Chief Scout and face behind Channel 4’s Born Survivor ‘Scientific exploration is essential if we are to continue to develop our understanding of science. That is why the British Schools Exploring Society is vital for equipping young people with the skills, knowledge and inspiration to become tomorrow's scientists.—Professor Sir David King, Chief Scientific Advisor to H.M. Government and Head of the Office of Science and Innovation

BSES Expeditions, at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR Tel: 020 7591 3141 Fax: 020 7591 3140 Email: info@bses.org.uk Web: www.bses.org.uk