Frequently Asked Questions  
Here we aim to answer parent and teenager questions but if we've missed something you'd like to know you can ask us by emailing hho1807@gmail.com or telephoning 0779988 3851

What does the activity week involve?
You can see a list of the activities, based in Farnham and Guildford, Surrey,  on the TEENS ACTIVITIES page of this website. A more detailed timetable will be sent out to you when you book but you can ask any further questions using the email or phone number above. 

Do I have to do the 5 days? 
EXORTA is designed to be a week's programme for 13-15 year olds so the price is set for the 5 days of activity. If, however, you would rather not attend the whole week, let us know and we'll sort out the week to suit you.  

The activities for this week have been selected carefully to suit this age group of teenagers (13,14 and 15 and are designed to help them with broadening their horizons, building confidence and exploring interests all of which allow them to get to know their own strengths, realise what they might be good at and all in a safe and fun environment with people of a similar age. At the end of the week they will come away with a folder and certificate which details their accomplishments and can also form part of their future CV and personal statement.  
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Who leads the events?
Professional trainers and experienced leaders take each of the events so students can come away having improved their understanding, learned a new skill or task from experts who can also answer all their questions. 

What are the arrangements for arriving and departing?
The exact timings and maps for the locations will be provided well before the week starts, but as a guide most of the days are from 10am till 4pm. EXORTA participants will need to arrive early enough to be ready to start their day on time. We will be in the appointed location 15 minutes ahead of the start time if they want to arrive early. At the end of the EXORTA day we will be around for about 15 minutes after the timed activities finish. After that, teenagers are responsible for themselves.

What about lunch and snacks?
Teenagers should bring their own packed lunch except where lunch is indicated. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements. 
There will be short breaks during the activities for a quick snack (teenagers to bring their own if required) and a bottle of water is probably a good idea. There will always be tap water available too. 

First Aid trained people are on each of the sites we are visiting. 
Teachers, trainers, professionals and organisers spending time with the teenagers this week are CRB/DBS checked / are operating to the relevant standards set by their own venues and organisations. EXORTA also complies with OFSTED guidelines. The teenagers will usually be working in groups and will always be supervised during the hours stipulated.  
The adult to teenager ratio will be 1:10 at a minimum.   
You will be asked to complete a brief PADI medical questionnaire before being allowed to take part in the scuba diving session.

We want the week to be fun for everyone so respecting others and being polite to our hosts is all part of what is expected. We hope you agree. 

Payment and Booking conditions
You can download a booking form for EXORTA from the BOOKING page of this web site or telephone 0779988 3851 and we will send you one.  Full payment is to be made at time of booking. Payment is accepted by bank transfer or cheque. You will receive all the joining instructions and details for each day well before the week begins. 
Each teenager will also receive a folder for the week so you can keep anything you want from the week's activities. This will be a useful reference for the future. (Note taking is not compulsory and there will be no tests!)   
Refunds, cancellations or sick days 
Please see Terms and Conditions on the tab on the left.  

Photography/Video footage 

We may take photographs and video footage during the week to use for (our own) promotional purposes. Please indicate on the booking form if you wish to be excluded from this.  

What does EXORTA mean?
EXORTA is from the latin word meaning 'arisen'.  

Who operates EXORTA?
Heather, founder of EXORTA, is an experienced business woman and marketeer with a background working in large corporates, small not-for-profits, professional firms and consulting. She has an MBA from Henley Management College and a passion for the transitions young people make on their way to the work place. She also works with a careers guidance organisation which specialises in the independent sector. Having had personal experience of bringing up teenage boys and girls, Heather appreciates that once young people outgrow the sorts of holiday clubs that the younger children attend, these young teenagers are after something a bit more grown up, something with more variety. EXORTA is there to really help young people on their way, whether that is choosing next steps, a new hobby,  building confidence through trying something new or just having fun and meeting new friends. 

This is the second year for EXORTA after everyone enjoyed it so much last time!


"Lucy really enjoyed it and can't wait for tomorrow. Thank you for organising it all. Sammi" 

EXORTA  Growing through experience