Our outstanding Project Leaders make sure things run smoothly and safely on every trip.
We have a fantastic team of Leaders who are all passionate about community development and cultural understanding. We are different to many other trip providers in that we always provide 2 Team Leaders for every group to ensure you have the best possible support on the ground.
Our Leader Teams are supported while they are away by our fantastic in-country partners and third party providers who are local experts and in most cases also long-term friends of ours.
Some of our Leaders;
Jack Howell ~ Malawi, Tanzania
Jack has been lucky enough to work with Inspire across Tanzania and Malawi with a number of their partners including Joshua Orphan & Community Care, Livingstone Tanzania Trust and Radley College's own partner school Gehandu.
Before working for Inspire Jack volunteered in Cambodia on the International Citizenship Service on a programme working on an ecotourism project alongside the indigenous community in the area. His first taste of Africa was going to Uganda to volunteer and teach in a slum school before heading off to University. The one item he couldn’t travel without would probably be a pack of playing cards but he does also love his kindle.
Linz Round-Turner ~ Tanzania, Uganda
Linz has a vast amount of experience working within the charity sector, sustainable architecture and leading adventure expeditions across the globe. From Kenya where she was raised and has worked to develop community buildings to Nepal supporting reconstruction post the earthquake; Nashville coaching refugee soccer and back to the UK as a senior programme manager with The Challenge...whilst also fitting in a number of trips with Inspire to Tanzania and Uganda.
A highlight of one of Linz's trips with Inspire hails from Uganda, when on safari there was a hippo wandering around camp. The boys opened the door to their room and squealed in high-pitched feminine shrieks. When she told them they were perfectly safe they said they were squealing at a tiny insect and not the actual hippo!
An item she couldn't travel without is 'a fun sense of humour' - strongly believing that you can get by with nothing in most situations, or build whatever you need, your attitude is the key to everything.
Linz works with Inspire due to the excellent model of providing useful, sustainable development by linking in to local, community-Centered organisations for small projects with a big impact. The support for the team is second to none, safety is paramount and I know we're making a positive difference to a community.
Rachel Batten ~ Malawi, Tanzania
Rachel has extensive experience managing projects working with young people both in the UK and overseas. Through this work she has supported and worked with many schools in the Sussex area, both training staff and delivering internal youth engagement programmes.
Internationally, Rachel has worked with and led teams to South India, Burma, Thailand, Tanzania and Malawi undertaking infrastructure development within rural communities and implementing events inside refugee camps. She is a passionate believer in ethical volunteering and cultural exchange, and the impact it can have both on volunteers and local communities.
Matt Calvert ~ Tanzania
Matt has over 25 years of experience in youth work from grass roots to leadership and development of projects. He is now is running and developing his company Mustard Works which provides a variety of different programmes and work with young people but also seeks to empower the local community to seeyouth work and young people in a different light. Matts love for Africa came from the seven yearshe lived out there as a boy and will often refer to it as home. He is a trustee of the David Tilley Children’s Foundation that built and supports a school in Tanzania and regularly goes out to visit thework. He is a very experienced leader with a wealth of experience leading groups out to Africa. Mattspassion is people and getting alongside them to enable them to reach their potential. His leadership style is very clear, clear boundaries, consistency challenge and empowerment!!
Amy Rennie ~ Tanzania, Uganda
Amy has a huge passion for community work, working within disability and inclusion. Amy is an activities leader for adults with learning disabilities and community dance artist working with people from all walks of life in the UK and Africa. Amy started working in Malawi on a 6 week volunteer project as a coordinator and facilitator of community dance for young people in a local village. This led to her working on trips to Tanzania and Uganda for Inspire Worldwide as an Assistant Leader. Amy's most memorable and proudest moment was getting to the summit of Kilimanjaro with nearly all of the Radley school students! She love's working with Inspire to challenge others and show them the value of both community work and volunteering abroad. One think she couldn't travel without is her head torch - so handy!
Julia Gillick ~ Tanzania, Malawi
Julia has travelled independently to over 40 countries, including expeditions in the Rocky Mountains with the Canadian Army Cadets, and a solo pilgrimage of the 800km Camino de Santiago in Spain. She has accompanied student wilderness expeditions to South Africa and Malawi and this year is working with Raleigh International on expedition in Borneo. Julia is extremely excited to be joining the Inspire team this year, as Assistant Leader for Tanzania. Julia's absolute travel essential is a mini trek towel; so useful for mopping up all the sweat, blood and tears that adventurous travel abroad often involves!
Greg Coe ~ Tanzania
Greg has been leading expeditions professionally since 1997, mostly trekking and mountaineering trips in the Andes and Himalayas, but with various forays into conservation and community projects, and occasional stints organising logistics and safety cover for remote TV productions. His early exploits involved working as a cook in a Bavarian ski hotel to fund a white-water rafting trip to India, and travelling overland via Turkey, Iran and Pakistan with 60kg of rubber boat. After accidents in various countries, he has since given up paragliding, rock climbing and white-water kayaking, and enjoys the slower pace of a 27ft sailboat which he now calls home, in Devon. He enjoys working with Inspire because of the ethos and integrity, and the opportunities to encourage adventuring in today's 'yoof'. He would never travel without earplugs, and a decent head torch.
Holly Howarth ~ Tanzania
Holly has been involved in numerous arts and cultural organisations, with a focus on youth development and global education, including international projects with the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and NCS The Challenge. She has worked for the British Council on the co-funded DfID programme: Connecting Classrooms, and over the last two years has worked in Central America for Raleigh International as a Programme Manager. Alongside her work with Inspire Worldwide, Holly is a freelance Creative Consultant.
Emily Bowyer ~ Tanzania
Emily first worked on a community development project in rural Uganda during summer 2008. Since then she has travelled extensively in East Africa and in 2015 managed a volunteer project in Malawi for six months. In the UK she works on youth and community projects and is passionate about empowering young people to make the changes they want to see in the world. The one thing she couldn't travel without is a portable speaker as it makes everywhere feel like home.
Sarah Charlton ~Tanzania, Malawi
Sarah has been working with Inspire since 2008 and led some of our first teams out to Malawi and Tanzania. She is an experienced leader and has run many expeditions and community projects across southern and eastern Africa.
As well as her wealth of overseas leading experience, Sarah has also worked with young people in the UK - running volunteer schemes for young people in Wales and captaining various sports teams at University. Sarah is a qualified teacher and ran our Tanzania Karimu project in summer 2012.
Josh Thorn ~ Malawi, Uganda
After setting up a disability and inclusive sports project in Burkina Faso in 2013, Josh has been keen to get back to Africa to continue development work. It's for this reason that he's so excited to be working with Inspire Worldwide, as it is a company that has tangible positive effects on communities at a grass roots level.
Josh is a keen (some would say obsessive!) climber, as well as enjoying mountaineering, skiing, and pretty much anything else in the mountains.
Something Josh couldn't live without when travelling is a positive attitude (cheesy but true), and his trusty first aid kit. Oh, and a repertoire of cringe-worthy puns.
Chris Iverson ~ Kenya, Tanzania
Having first travelled to Africa when he was fourteen years old, and the continent leaving a lasting impression Chris is looking forward to heading back this year with Inspire Worldwide.
A serious wanderlust for travel and a background experience in ecotourism, conservation and community development, Chris has worked with a variety of different projects and organisations in and around South East Asia. From leading nature treks in India, to guiding groups at Cambodia’s Elephant Valley Project and more recently returning from Malaysia, where upon he helped establish a project designed to benefit and protect the local indigenous community and surrounding rainforests.
Alice Copping ~ Tanzania
Alice has extensive experience leading groups of young people. Alice has supported unaccompanied minors as a caseworker for a refugee centre, worked with large groups of young people on residential programmes with National Citizen Service and has worked to train and support young women looking to enter a career in politics with The Emily Tree. Alice has also worked in an international setting and has managed a group of young volunteers firstly with International Service on HIV/AIDs outreach projects in Bolivia and then in Ghana, on a community project focused on the empowerment of people with disabilities. Alice currently works as a Delivery Programme Manager at The Challenge and will be Assistant Leader on the Silcoates School trip to Tanzania this October.
Geri Burton ~ Swaziland, Malawi, Uganda
Geri has worked for Inspire since 2010 and has worked as an Assistant Leader on the Malawi, Tanzania and Swaziland projects. This year she headed out to Swaziland to lead our project at the Shewula Community.
Geri first set out to Africa in 2009, working for 6 weeks on a community project in Malawi and has since notched up work and travel across eastern Africa. She completed her degree in Economics, Politics and International Studies at Warwick University. Her passion lies in working with young people in the development sector and she helps develop this interest by volunteering with READ international.
Tom Wills ~ Tanzania, Malawi
Tom first visited Africa in 2009, where he spent 6 weeks working on a community project in Tanzania, followed by travel across South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, where he spent another 3 weeks volunteering on a second community project. Tom worked as Assistant Leader on our Malawi and Tanzania Projects in 2011 and this year led our Tanzania project.
Tom has just completed his degree in History from Cambridge University.