Safety and Risk Management – Lessons learnt

Mr Aaron Pittaway1

1World Challenge

An earthquake in Nepal…. Political unrest throughout Thailand… A suspected spinal in the jungle in Laos… A scorpion sting in a remote village in Tanzania… A horse bite in the Himalayas… World Challenge Asia Pacific have 120 teams on the ground in over 40 developing world countries. Keeping students safe is our number 1 priority as well as giving peace of mind to their parents, guardians and principles while their sons, daughters and students are in our care is paramount to our organization. Safety and risk mitigation for each expedition starts long before students step on the plane and is a cyclical process. Our dedicated Operations Centre, with bespoke technology and systems keeps teams & their loved ones informed 24/7 & responds proactively to events on the ground. In this industry, lessons learnt and best practices in safety and risk mitigation should be shared for all too continuously learn from.


Aaron has been in field of education for 15 years. He has taught in Australia, England and the USA up to the level of an Assistant Principal. He has also worked as a learning and development consultant for a global environmental, health and safety company. He now brings this diverse experience to World Challenge as the National Sales Manager.

About the Association

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA) was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.

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