Grants 4 Ground Staff Appeal – how you can help

Our friends in Nepal and Peru – the guides, porters and administration staff that were the backbone of your last World Expeditions adventure – are in need.

In 2020, the World Expeditions Foundations' Lend A Hand Appeal distributed over 600 food and hygiene care packages and the 2022 appeal brought the total fundraising tally to AUD$100,000, furthering efforts to provide support to the ground staff in need.

It is reassuring to see how far these funds go in helping our friends who are doing it tough, but our ground crew still need our help.

While the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is giving hope to many people affected by the pandemic, the devastating impact of COVID-19 will still be felt for a long time for those who are dependent on income from travel and tourism living in countries that will not see the vaccine for some time.

We are committed to continuing to send care packages to our team in need in Nepal and Peru, but we need your help. Join us on a Charity Challenge to climb Australia's highest mountain or please donate to the World Expeditions Foundation's Grants 4 Ground Staff Appeal to continue our efforts to give back to the people behind the scenes of your adventure travel holiday in their time of need.

Help support the wonderful individuals who have given us so much joy in our travels, many of whom will remain without income for some time due to minimal government support and subsidies.

Ways you can support our appeal:


Climb to the roof of Australia for this amazing cause! Climb one of the original Seven Summits, and Australia's highest mountain at 2228 metres, to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, with family and friends and raise funds to support our international ground staff.


Help make a difference by donating to the Grants 4 Ground Staff Appeal. 100% of funds raised will be equally distributed to the recipients intended with no administration fees withheld. Donations over $2 made by Australian residents will receive a tax-deductible receipt.


Hiker interacting with Quechua child |  <i>Donna Lawrence</i>

If you can't join our 'Climb Kozi 4 Ground Staff', you can still help fundraise locally to support this appeal. Simply create a fundraising page as an individual or as a team to get started! There are a number of ways to raise funds, check out this guide for some ideas.

Who will your donations support?

In line with the mandate of the World Expeditions Foundation, 100% of donations from the appeal will be dispersed to our local partners and their employees in Nepal and Peru. These individuals include the field and office team – the guides, porters, drivers, cooks and administration staff.

More than 600 food and hygiene care packages were distributed in 2020 from our Lend A Hand Appeal, but the ground crew still need assistance.

Your support will make a tangible difference as these communities receive little or no government support and coupled with the dire economic predicament are in need of assistance.

Donations over $2 made by Australian residents will receive a tax-deductible receipt.

2022 Grants 4 Ground Staff Appeal Update

As of February 2022, more than AUD$50,000 was fundraised to provide further payments to staff in need in Nepal and Peru. Check out the photos and recap from the successful Kosciuszko charity climb.

We are committed to continuing to send care packages to our teams and we encourage you to support our efforts by hiking Australia’s tallest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko in 2023, to raise much-needed funds for our Grants 4 Ground Staff appeal.

2021 Appeal Update

As of May 2021, close to $12K has been raised for our appeal and USD$10K has been distributed between 100 ground staff in Nepal and Peru during the week of 31 May 2021. A massive thank you to those who have generously donated! Where every dollar counts and no administration fees are withheld to raise and allocate the funds, 100% of donations go directly to supporting the ground crew and their families in this great time of need.

2020 Lend A Hand Appeal

Our Lend a Hand appeal in 2020 raised over AUD$41,100 to help our valuable ground crew (read how the World Expeditions Foundation distributed these funds here).

Published 26 April 2020. Last updated 10 February 2022.

Thoughtful Travel, donation, responsible travel, adventure for a cause, G4GS, World Expeditions Foundation

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