Mongolia 2008 – Update from Leader Weekend

Here is an update for you all following our Leader meeting we had this
weekend which mainly focussed on the good food to be had at the Queens
Head Cafe, Bonsall, but a lot of more pressing things were discussed as
below…more importantly, we have made some decisions about who will be
responsible for certain elements of the planning and preparation of the
expedition from now on.

In country logistics and suppliers – Andie

have posted the most recent itinerary we are working to for the
expedition. The only moveable part of this itinerary is the arrival in
UB and departure.

We are currently looking at a departure from
UB on the 31st August, and hopefully arriving by 1st August. This is
still being looked into and Paul will give you a complete update on
this at the next training weekend.

I am in the process of
booking all our Wranglers for the expedition, translators and guides,
together with getting the information we need to move the orphan
project forward at the next training weekend.

Future Training Weekends – Andie and Paul
organising group for the weekend are Richard, Lily, Olivia and Will C.
Lily has taken on the organising of cooking groups and will be in touch
with everyone soon. The leader team are also in the process of finding
out what equipment we have in terms of tents and stoves and seeing what
shortfall we have for the group. Wendy is co-ordinating this and will
send more information soon.

Fundraising and Payments – Allie
will be supporting you from now on in terms of fundraising and
payments. This means that if you haev any ideas, are lacking ideas, or
need to talk through anything, Allie will be your first point of
contact for help and advice.

Flights and Visas – Paul
are in the process of organising visas and flights as mentioned before
and Paul is arranging this to fit with our itinerary as published. So
we are all aware of the process – we will look for the best fit flights
for the itinerary and go through a number of providers to get the best
deal that meets our needs. Once a decision has been made on teh best
fit, we will arrange for everyone to pay for their flights direct. This
means that no payments for flights are administered by the YSES office,
but you arrange payment direct with the ATOL bonded agent. This covers
you in many ways, and we will explain this more fully on the training

Personal Projects – Claire
will be introduced at the next training weekend, and Claire will
co-ordinate and support you in coming up with a project that is
personal to you and your interests. This is above and beyond the orphan
project, it is something that you take on as part of the expedition for
your own personal development.

Duke of Edinburgh and John Muir Award – Wendy
those that are using this as the means of tacking any of the boxes for
D of E, Wendy will be your first point of contact to sort out any
issues or provide information to support this. We are all going for the
John Muir Award, including the Mongolian children we are working with.
This will require the translating of the award scheme into Mongolian
which we have already got the support of the organisation to do. This
cna take up a lot of time, but we all feel it is a worthwhile thing to

Leader Development – Sharu, Paul and Andie
have a number of levels of development on this expedition. This
includes the current assistant leaders, Allie, Wendy and Claire and we
will be coaching them in all aspects of leader development, as well as
each other. It is also recognised that there are many of you who are
interested in becoming expediton leaders, and this will be something we
would like to discuss further with those of you that are interested in
this progression, and to implement a personal coaching programme that
enables this to happen.


About Andie Brazewell

Working with the profit and not-for-profit sectors of society, I am a Director, Business Development Consultant, Event Manager, Trainer, Facilitator and Expedition Leader.
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