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The World Expeditions Foundation

Helping underprivileged communities around the world

As an Australian based not-for-profit entity, the main aim of the World Expeditions Foundation (WEF) is to raise donations for education oriented projects in underprivileged communities across the globe.

Operating with the philosophy that education is paramount in improving the standard of living in poor and indigenous communities; WEF believes that education empowers young people with a valuable asset for the future. In turn, this helps developing countries reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development.

WEF is a registered public company and charity with full DGR status and no religious or political affiliations. To learn more about WEF projects, visit our dedicated Community Project Travel website.


Lend a Hand Appeal

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on all of us who derive an income from travel and tourism. During a pandemic the marginalised are not only at greater risk of catching the virus but they are also most likely to suffer the worst effects of the economic downturn.

With our guides, porters and administration staff who were the backbone of your last World Expeditions adventure in need, we initiated the Lend a Hand Appeal. Over $42.1K was raised and more than 600 food and hygiene care packages have been distributed since October 2020 to stricken communities in Nepal, Kenya, Tanzania, India and Peru. Read more about how the first round of funds were distributed here. 

Grants 4 Ground Staff Appeal

As the COVID pandemic continues, we are committed to continue sending care packages to our team in need. We kindly ask you donate to our 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 greatest time of need – the cooks, drivers, porters and our ground crews.

While the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is giving hope to many people affected by the pandemic, the devastating impact of COVID 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.

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.

100% of funds raised will be equally distributed to our local partners and their employees, with no administration fees withheld, and donations over $2 made by Australian residents will receive a tax-deductible receipt.

Our Directors

Sue Badyari | Chairperson
One of the five original directors of the WEF, Sue joined World Expeditions in 1986 and has held the role of Chief Executive Officer since 2003. 

Tim Macartney-Snape | Director 
Also the director of Sea to Summit Pty Ltd and the Foundation for Humanity’s Adulthood, Tim is one of the five original directors of the WEF. Tim is the founding chair of the Nepal Eye Programme Australia, a member of the Fred Hollows Foundation, and has led trips for World Expeditions in Nepal, India, Argentina, Kenya and Tanzania since 1984.

Nicholas Kostos | Director
Nick is one of the five original directors of the WEF and has served on the board since its incorporation in September 2007.

Ian Williams | Director
Employed by World Expeditions since 1992 in the school and private group sector, Ian is one of the five original directors of the WEF.

Donna Lawrence | Director
After working for a number of years as the World Expeditions Marketing Manager, Donna has acted as the Responsible Travel Manager since 2009. Donna joined World Expeditions in 2002 and is one of the five original directors of the WEF.

Peter Brian McKell | Director
Director of Nu Aust Trading Co Pty Ltd and Insight Litigation & Legal Serves Pty Ltd, Peter has been a solicitor (BA LLB) for over 35 years and a sole practitioner for more than 20 years.

Huilloq village school children -  Photo: Donna Lawrence Sanjiwani Public Health Mission 2011, Nepal -  Photo: Pam Drummond Lura School Rebuild -  Photo: Highland A participant on our Sueang River Project in Laos -  Photo: Seuang River Experience Classroom Thanh Son School -  Photo: Asia DMC


Incorporated on 21 September 2007, World Expeditions Foundation Ltd ABN 36 127 619 925 (WEF) operates as a not-for-profit partner of World Expeditions Travel Group Pty Ltd ABN 98 001 424 568.

On 3 March 2014, WEF was registered by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

Registrations can be viewed below:

The World Expeditions Foundation operates with a tight philosophy of ensuring that all donations are channeled in full to the projects. The board members volunteer their time to operate the project, while the financial management is handled internally by the World Expeditions finance team. With this structure, there are no administration fees.

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