Mongolia Expedition 2017

Laurentian University’s School of Human Kinetics’ Outdoor Adventure Leadership program and Health Promotion without Borders will be collaborating to pursue an international humanitarian endeavour in Western Mongolia in May of 2017, and they need your help and support to get there!

The School of Human Kinetics team is partnering with a non-governmental organization working in Mongolia, the Source of Steppe Nomads NGO, to develop clean water initiatives, septic system upgrades, agriculture, and to promote health and well-being in the community of Sogok in Western Mongolia.

With two professors and 21 students planning on attending this nearly month-long trip, the team has a goal of raising $94,500 ($4500 per student), which will help with specialized equipment necessary for the completion of the community outreach project.

MacKenzie Gamble, a third-year student in the Outdoor Adventure Leadership program, believes this trip to Western Mongolia will not only give he and his peers practical knowledge, but provide them with an opportunity to have a huge “impact” at an international level.

“It’s all about expanding our experiences and humanitarian efforts,” Gamble said. “At the moment, Mongolia is going through a bit of a dry spell. The community (Sogok) has been experiencing a lot of trouble with the loss of their livestock, so we will be looking at different ways we can help with water filtration and gardening.”

The Outdoor Adventure Leadership program is designed to assist individuals to become competent leaders in the outdoors and any other context by developing a sound theoretical base, increasing technical skills and having a number of enriching outdoor experiences. Health Promotion without Borders allows students, within the Health Promotion program, to gain experiential learning in countries abroad and study international issues. This will be the second time Health Promotion without Borders have travelled to Mongolia, with their last trip coming in 2013.

Third-year Outdoor Adventure Leadership student, Beau Williams-Orser, is certain this opportunity will be a “humbling” experience for everyone involved.

“Something like this is very impactful,” Williams-Orser said. “There is a trademark in our program and it is to leave a legacy, and this trip will be an exhilarating and steep learning curve for a lot of our students. We are trying to raise the bar for us and the program to reflect back well on the Sudbury community, Human Kinetics and Laurentian University. It will take more than just one person or a group of people to help, it will take full community support.”

Those who will provide a donation to the Mongolian Expedition in 2017 will be given a tax receipt for their contributions. Sponsorship opportunities are also available with customized promotional packages created by the students within the Outdoor Adventure Leadership program and Health Promotion without Borders.

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For more information about the trip, its students and the initiative, please follow the team on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using @Mongolia2017.