A voyage on Pelican is so much more than a sailing holiday and sets out to achieve the following key aims:
A Pelican voyage starts when a young person decides that he or she wants to take part in something unique and exciting and makes the choice to sign up. It builds through the months (on average four to six months before departure) during the fundraising and introduction phase. It continues during the voyage and is then rounded up when they return through reviewing the experience. Many young people continue to remain involved in the ship and the project as volunteers and - through the friends of Pelican network - continue the special friendships they have made.
The experience on our voyages for young people covers all eight Cross Curriculum Dimensions of the National Curriculum, the Personal Learning and Thinking Skills Framework as well as Learning Outside The Classroom. We encourage successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors through our own Youth Leadership Scheme.
On returning home, young people log back into their personal web page to review their whole experience and capture the valuable lesson they will carry through life. They will be then be required to present their experience back to their school or youth organisation and can join the friends of Pelican network. Here they can share their experiences, photos and videos on Facebook, Flickr and YouTube.
Some may be asked to join the Pelican’s volunteer crew, giving them the opportunity to further develop their newfound leadership and teambuilding skills on the Youth Leadership Scheme.