When people ask me what I do, and I say I'm an adventurer, I always get the same response: "Is that a real thing? Can someone be an adventurer?". The answer is YES! It is still possible. And there is real value to being an adventurer, but only if you can tell people about your experiences. I have seen the transformational power of adventure myself, and my biggest love in life is passing this on. The value obtained from broadening the horizons of young people is, as MasterCard always says, priceless. It literally gives the gift of being able to dream bigger.
What does that really mean? For me, dreaming bigger is the ability to believe that a big idea can actually be made a reality (by you), to understand that there are going to be problems to overcome (and that you're not going to fully understand the problems until you've almost finished), start it anyway (even though people tell you you're silly), and see it through (yay). This concept, engagingly conveyed, is what turns future employees into future business owners, future joggers into future athletes, and future grumblers into future politicians and leaders.
When I get letters and e-mails from teachers and young people to whom I've presented, telling me how they are now participating in projects they had never dreamed possible, or doing activities they were previously too shy to try...or when I'm giving a talk and I see a child's eyes widen, and I know they are imagining doing something amazing themselves one day - that's when the value of adventure is transferred. That's when it's tangible. And it's a wonderful feeling.
I only ever speak from first hand experience. I bring to life experiences such as climbing Mount Everest, living with remote tribes in Nagaland, living entirely off the land, living without money, eating only raw foods, sleeping for less than two hours a day for months on end, and leading a group of young offenders across Greenland, to name but a few.
When I speak to primary school children I tap into their innate imagination, and draw them into the experience of climbing the world's tallest mountains, or living with the most remote tribes. At secondary school age, I also talk about the realities and dangers of expedition life, and what is required to actually undertake one. At the upper end of high school and at conferences I talk about how to actually fund expeditions of your own (including how to use the media, and where to get money from). This is really useful for those who want to do something big in their gap year, or those who want to have their own big dreams become a reality.
I have given talks at many different types of events including the National Geographic, corporate conferences, schools, prisons and young offenders institutions. I have also given private talks to high ranking officials and dignitaries, including Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope (First Sea Lord / head of the navy), Hassanal Bolkiah (President & Sultan of Brunei) and Ian King (Chief Executive BAE Systems). I have also given interviews for MTV and international news.
Sample Lesson Plans
Mount Everest Lesson Plan - Everest-Decision_Making(1hr).pdf (Primary School Age)
Nagaland (Living With Tribes) Lesson Plan - Nagaland-Social_Responsibility(1hr).pdf (Primary School Age)
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