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    • It takes a whole team to deliver our high quality, fun and impactful outdoor adventure trips

    Meet our 2022 team!

    It takes a whole team to deliver our high quality, fun and impactful outdoor adventure trips, and a pretty special one to make each one memorable and inspirational.

    We’re incredibly proud of the fact that it’s our dedicated, hard-working team that are credited by our schools and groups for their children’s enjoyment of the trip, but also for going that extra mile to make every trip special.

    Every Wildchild team member is chosen for their passion for the great outdoors, and for their natural ability to work with and communicate with children. We don’t just tell our groups what we do, we lead by example, and we love getting stuck in to every activity!

    Rory Gartlan - Senior Activity Leader

    Hello! My name is Rory. I grew up on the West Coast of Ireland in the seaside city of Galway. Having the Atlantic Ocean on my doorstep, I’ve always felt a deep connection with the sea. I’ve also been lucky enough to have grown up next to the mystical landscape of Connemara, a mountainous region just west of Galway city and steeped in mythology and folklore. Since I was a child, the tales of the ancient warriors who fought on the mountaintops have inspired me to explore this magical land, and this led me to seek out a career in the outdoors. I have lots of experience and qualifications in water sports and mountaineering, and I’m currently studying for a degree in outdoor education. My fun fact: I was at one stage a professional footballer with Galway Utd and featured in the game Fifa 12 (wow, I am getting old!)

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    Shane Worges - Senior Bushcraft Instructor

    Hello, my name is Shane. Wildchild is a natural fit for me because I truly believe that the outdoors brings out the best in people. When I was 12 I went on my first bushcraft camp, the memories from which will stay with me forever. That experience motivated me to build a career in outdoor education and take on challenges including an arctic expedition in Finland making snow shelters and riding husky-led sleds and a once in a lifetime jungle expedition in Borneo with my school. I look forward to telling you all about it round the campfire very soon! My camp must-have item: My wool neck warmer – as well as keeping me warm it also doubles as an oven glove so I can pick up scalding hot pots and pans when bushcraft cooking, and in a pinch it can be a hat and keep my ears warm. It has honestly been with me everywhere.

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    Giorgia Ashberry-Sharp - Camp Leader

    Hi I’m Georgia! My friends and colleagues tell me it’s my open, patient and hardworking character traits that make this the perfect role for me, but I think it all stems from my passion for supporting young people. During my time at Sussex University where I studied Sociology and Criminology, I was also the charity representative for the Sussex Women’s Football Club. It’s here that my love of working with young people really began, leading me to take on a role at Leicester City in the Community (LCitC), a community programme which uses the power of football to inspire young people to reach their potential. Working with children most at risk to help them change their life for the better has been life changing for me too. My fun fact: I conquered my fear of heights and completed a tandem skydive for charity.

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    Sophie Thomas - Senior Activity Leader

    I’ve always been passionate about nature engagement, and this drove me to achieve a degree in Zoology and a Masters in Global biodiversity conservation. After two years spent either studying or working home I’m so excited to be back doing what I love outdoors, and even more excited at the prospect of sharing my passion for nature. If I can help even one child develop a genuine love and understanding of the great outdoors, I’ll be happy! I knew Wildchild was the right team for me because of our shared values, placing people and planet at their core. My wild skill/talent: Nature has always inspired my artistic side and during down time I will likely be found sketching or crafting something with my forest floor finds!

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    Alfie Button - Camp Leader

    I’ve worked with Wildchild since the age of 15, and it’s great to be back having recently graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in History. My passion for being outdoors and working with children began with Wildchild, and it’s what’s driven me to continue working with the team and to develop my outdoor education skills and experience. It’s been a privilege to provide children with the greatest school trip experience, and working alongside a fantastic, close-knit team makes the experience even more enjoyable. My wild skill/talent: running the bug hotel, I love rolling out the green carpet for those very important bugs (VIBs)

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    Joe Regan - Camp Leader

    Wildchild Adventure was founded by my parents, with the aim of allowing every child the opportunity to experience the outdoors, something they have always been incredibly passionate about. And their passion is infectious – I’ve enjoyed working on camp since I was at school, and when I completed my Geography degree at Southampton University, I was keen to head back and dedicate myself to growing Wildchild. For me, it’s incredibly rewarding to see children develop a love of adventure as they participate in different activities, challenge themselves to take on something new and overcome their fears. It’s always exciting welcoming new groups of children, getting to know them and helping them to achieve their potential. My wild talent: Singing is definitely my hidden talent - I sing a great song about butter around the campfire!

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    Monty - Office Dog

    Monty is nearly 4 years old and a very friendly cockerpoo. As office dog Monty's job is to help reinforce regular breaks from the computer and telephone, for some much needed attention and play. Give him a stick, (a branch or a log) to chew and run with and Monty is very happy. Isn't he just the cutest!

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    Mabel - Camp Dog

    Mabel is the newest addition to our team. She is nearly 1 and loves the outdoors more than any of us. Happiest in the woods, with the scent of squirrels, we hope she will be making her first appearances on camp this season, helping to bring that added sense of fun and enjoyment to our trips. With research showing the many benefits to schoolchildren of having access to a pet dog, we’re confident Mabel will add to the health and wellbeing and emotional resilience that our adventure programmes offer.

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