a) Work with in-country staff to organize letter writing and picture taking among villagers during the expedition. b) Collect letters and photos and bring back to home country. 2) Expedition Participant Survey Dispersal and Collection Since the expedition leader cannot be everywhere at once, and may not specialize in certain aspects of the expedition and its projects, it is important for every expedition participant to receive an Expedition Participant Survey at the end of each expedition. This survey will allow Ascend to assess the expedition from a participant standpoint, giving insight into the perceptions of care given to both the expedition participants and the people they serve. Understanding these perceptions and acting upon them in the future will help to ensure return participation and/or an increase in monetary donations. By making the process of completing the survey as simple as possible, we will in turn be rewarded with a high level of return surveys which will help us make a thorough analysis of the expedition. The process for the dispersal and collection of the Expedition Participant Survey is as follows: a) Send an email to each participant explaining the importance of the survey. (Ascend) b) Participants fill out the survey online at SurveyMonkey.comâ„˘(Participants) c) Survey results emailed to Expedition Leader. (Ascend) 3) DVD: A DVD with photos, videos and other trip memories can be placed in the End-of-Expedition Packet. This DVD is a great way to share the vision of Ascend with other prospective participants. It provides a review or our service countries, ways to get involved, and inspiring stories from the field. 4) Sister School Humanitarian Program: Through the Sister School Humanitarian Program, students have the opportunity to learn about global poverty, come together, and provide aide to the Ascend humanitarian project of their choice. Projects are planned through the cooperative efforts of the school student body officers, students, teachers, parents, and an Ascend staff member. Success in the past has enhanced leadership skills of students, helped to strengthen school pride, increase the awareness of global poverty, and most importantly, changed the lives of poverty stricken families throughout the world. 5) Photo Contest: Each year Ascend holds a photo contest on our website. All participants are encouraged to enter into this contest for a chance at winning a number of fabulous prizes. Participants are encouraged to upload their expedition photos as well. These photos, with the consent of the photographer, may then be used in Ascend promotional materials to encourage future participation among members of the Ascend family.
Published on Mar 27, 2012
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