your final project you will work in groups of four to create your own adventure
for which you will write a grant to Outside Magazine to receive
this project the sky is the limit with where you can go and what you want
to do, however, you need a valid reason for why Outside should fund
your trip over the thousands of other people who want their trip funded.
Therefore, you’ll have to search for a deeper reason other than “to have
fun.” This is an excellent opportunity to build awareness about a particular
cause with which you already work, such as AIDS prevention, or any cause
you are interested in. Or, you could focus your adventure on environmental
conservation or awareness. As a group, the first step is to decide
why you want to go, then focus on the where.
project will require research using the internet, the library, and community
connections. How you put all your information together is entirely up to
you. You could create a Web site where Outside could view your entire
proposal. You could make a PowerPoint presentation to present to a “panel”
who will decide the grant award. However you decide to package your final
proposal your group will still need to present your proposal to the class
and to the “panel”.
are several pieces to this project, most of which will be completed in
class, although you should be prepared to work with your group outside
of class - so choose your group members wisely. The final product will
be due the week of June 4 so as to allow time for presentations.
Outside Magazine Grant Proposal
Your proposal will include the following elements:
1. Team Biographies
You should tell Outside a little about each of you, how old you
are, where you are from, what your experiences with adventure travel have
been, what interests you most about travel, and anything else interesting
about yourself that a panel might want to know. You can include photos
or video clips to put up on the Web site or computer presentation. For
an example of adventure team biographies, click British
Columbia (1997) or Baffin
Island (1998) or Guadalupe
Ridge, NM (1999).
2. Team Structure
As a group you will need to decide who is going to be the Team Leader on
your expedition. You will also need to decide on another person to be the
Project Manager, that is grantspeak for the liaison with Outside
who will focus on the budget and adventure expenditures. You might also
want to think about whether or not you will also have a camp manager? A
person in charge of publicity?
How long will your trip take? Will it be a walk around the world in a year?
A summer bike trip for awareness? You should outline exactly how long the
trip will take, when you will arrive and depart each country, how long
you will stay in each town, etc. For an example of an adventure team itinerary,
4. Equipment List
Outline exactly the equipment you will need for this trip. For instance,
if you are climbing Everest you will want to make sure you request the
necessary clothing, tents, etc. You will need to research the cost for
these items to include your budget. For an example of an adventure team
equipment list, click here
The bottom line that Outside is going to want to know is: How much
money do you need? As a group, you will create a budget for your adventure.
You will need to research the cost of flights (you will need to think about
which air carrier you will use) Will you fly to different countries? Sail?
Take the Eurail? Bus?
You will need to factor in all the travel related costs. You will also
need to think about how much you will need for food and supplies once on
the road. Will you need money ahead of time for training?
When writing a grant it never hurts to ask, but you need to be reasonable.
I doubt that Outside will fund gourmet meals at each stop. Your
budget will also need to include justification for each expenditure. Indicate
any money in the budget that you will receive from sponsorship.
(3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced)*
The proposal will include the following key elements:
a. Describe the exact nature of your proposal. (This is a phrase
you will see frequently when writing grants) Describe in detail what you
will be doing, the country and exact location where the expedition will
travel, and for how long. You will want to outline other activities that
you plan to do to build awareness for your cause, such as visiting clinics,
meeting with students at other schools, or holding fundraisers.
b. Whom would this expedition benefit? Describe the exact group or
cause that will benefit from your hard work on an expedition.
c. Why do you want to go? Do some soul searching here and ask yourselves
why? Think about the expeditions we have read about so far. Each time we
have asked “why would a person want to do that?” You will need to answer
this question for yourselves.
d. What kind of training have you done or will you do to prepare
for this expedition? Be specific.
For an example of an adventure team proposal, click (1997)
* I encourage you to be creative here. Think about
creating a video of the above information â la “Survivor” video tryouts.
This video could be put on the Web site or shown during the presentation.
If you create
a video, you will still need to turn in written materials.
7. Logo and Slogan
As a group, create your own visual logo and slogan that could be printed
onto t-shirts, made into posters, flyers, stickers, and distributed to
build awareness about your cause and expedition and promote awareness.
(Think about the ones we have learned about in class, such as Final Sweep
2001, Walk for the Cure, etc.).
Finally, include a detailed map which outlines your expedition’s journey
from start to finish. For an example of an adventure team route map, click
Books in the Bessie Chin
very good areas to browse in the library are:
Collected accounts of events (including adventure travel)
Geography and travel
World travel guides
Accounts of travel
Scientific exploration and travel
forget to look in both the regular and reference collections.
REF 395.096 NWA 1998
Nwanna, Gladson I. Do's and don'ts around the world
: a country guide to cultural and social taboos and etiquette, Africa.
Baltimore, MD: World Travel Institute, .
REF 395.095 NWA 1998
Nwanna, Gladson I. Do's and don'ts around the world
: a country guide to cultural and social taboos and etiquette; Asia.
Baltimore, MD: World Travel Institute, .
REF 910.202 WOR 2000
World travel guide. London: Columbus Publishing,
REF 912 WOR 2000
World travel atlas. London: Columbus Publishing,
904 EXP 2000
Explore : stories of survival from off the map. Ed. by Jennifer
Schwamm Willis. New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, 2000.
904 RES 2000
Rescue : stories of survival from land and sea. Ed. by Dorcas
S. Miller. New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, 2000.
The above two books are
from the Adrenaline series of which there are several more about adventure
910.202 PEL 2000
Pelton, Robert Young. Robert Young Pelton's the world's
most dangerous places. 4th ed. New York: HarperCollins, .
910.202 SIM 2001
Simmons, James C. The big book of adventure travel.
Emeryville, CA: Avalon Travel, .
910.202 MCM 2000
McMenamin, Paul. Ultimate adventure : National Geographic
ultimate adventure sourcebook. Washington, DC: National Geographic,
910.202 DUD 1999
Dudley, Ellen, 1938. The savvy adventure traveler
: what you need to know before you go. Camden, ME: McGraw Hill, .
910.4 BEL 1996
Belliveau, Jeannette. An amateur's guide to the planet
: 12 adventure journeys and lessons for the contemporary United States.
Baltimore: Beau Monde, .
Rapoport, Roger. I should have stayed home; the worst
trips of great writers. Berkeley, CA: Book Passage Press, .
Magazine Adventure Grants - http://www.outsidemag.com/adventure/grants/
This is where it all starts--the adventure magazine, Outside. For
several summers, the Outside Adventure Grant funded the dream adventure
of a team of young aspiring explorers. The only requirements were that
the group of no more than six had to be between the ages of 12 and 17,
the expedition had to take place in North America during the summer, and
it had to involve non-motorized travel through a wilderness area.
Adventures - http://www.generousadventures.com/index.html
This unique Web site conducts auctions for (mostly) exotic trips to all
parts of the world. A good place to get ideas for adventure travel trips.
All proceeds from the auction go to environmental groups.
Grant-Writing Tutorial - http://www.epa.gov/seahome/grants/src/title.htm
Although this site is sponsored and maintained by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency for its own purposes, the information contained is useful
for grant writers in general. Sections include: Enhancing a Proposal--This
section helps you to enhance the process of writing a proposal. Tips are
provided within each topic; Program Specifics--This section
contains information on three topics: Environmental Justice, Environmental
Education programs, and Environmental Justice Through Pollution Prevention
Grants; Completing Forms--This section exposes you to the
different forms an applicant might be involved during the grant application
process. A help window describing what is needed for each form item is
provided for the most common forms; Mock Grant Writing Activity--In
this section, you get the chance of practicing writing a grant proposal;
section contains a real grant proposal sample for each of the 3 granting
areas (EJ, EJP2, and EE); Reference--This section provides
links to EPA grant application forms and to EPA's strategy on environmental
justice; Resources/Contacts--This section lists federal and
state sources of grants; and Glossary--This section contains
definitions for technical terms used throughout this program.
Entry Requirements - http://travel.state.gov/foreignentryreqs.html
This listing, from the U.S. State Department, is for U.S. citizens traveling
on tourism/business and does not apply to persons planning to emigrate
to foreign countries. It gives information on each country of the world
with specific passport, visa, AIDS/HIV testing and "additional fees" requirements
for each location.
Resources Page- http://rhsweb.org/library/countries.htm
Amateur Filmmaking - http://dir.yahoo.com/Entertainment/Movies_and_Film/Filmmaking/Amateur/
Travel (About.com) - http://adventuretravel.about.com/travel/adventuretravel/mbody.htm?IAM=vpn000769_1
Magazine Gear - http://www.outsidemag.com/gear/index.html
Civilized Explorer Travel Information Page: Adventure - http://www.cieux.com/advntr.html
Adventure Travel - http://www.fodors.iexplore.com/
Art Imagebase - http://www.lib.colum.edu/commwais.html
Clip Art (About.com) - http://desktoppub.about.com/compute/desktoppub/cs/freeclipart/index.htm