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We believe that overseas travel is one of the most empowering, life-altering forms of learning possible.

For over 30 years, we’ve enabled transformative travel experiences right around the world. These experiences complement school learning, giving students the opportunity to become true life-learners and true global citizens.

We give students the opportunity to write their own stories, make their own mistakes, live their own adventures, learn and grow with peers, see the world with open eyes that are focused towards those around them.

We’ve watched on as these life changing experiences have brought out the best in our travellers for many years, since 1987 in fact. It’s perhaps best brought to life by our 150,000+ alumni that have returned home forever changed, many being inspired to continue the pursuit of positive global citizenship, from advocacy work in foreign nations through to leading world-shaping environmental initiatives.

MARK (WAL) WALTERS

GENERAL MANAGER, AUSTRALASIA

As a father of two and Director of Outdoor Education for a large independent school, Wal led his first expedition in 2006. Enchanted with the World Challenge way of learning he then went on to become a Schools Manager, Regional Manager and Director of Operations. As General Manager (Australasia) Wal now heads up the Australian family from Melbourne.

PETE FLETCHER

GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR

Setting the tone from the top, adventure runs in Pete's blood, so does family and so does Australia. Pete helped establish World Challenge in Australia over ten years ago and after taking time out to complete an unassisted row across the North Atlantic in 2015, Pete has been steering our ship.

CHRIS (RUSTY) HALSALL

REGIONAL SCHOOLS MANAGER

Rusty is like a good cup of coffee, oodles of froth on top belying an enviable strength and flavour. With these traits derived from a commitment to self-improvement and a burning desire to live life to the full, Rusty epitomises much of what students gain from a World Challenge.

AARON PITTAWAY

NATIONAL SALES MANAGER

After an early career with us in Australia, we're proud to have Aaron back. A decade of valuable experience has seen him retrain as a teacher, become an assistant principal in the USA and a global consultant on risk, environmental and sustainability challenges for big corporates. Lucky for us, he's come back to his roots.

Billy Wallace

LEADER

Billy loves leading a life less ordinary. She has spent the last 17 summers working and living in Antarctica as a field guide and survival trainer. Over the last 20 years, Billy has worked as an outdoor educator and to date she has helped lead trips to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Peru and Bolivia with India and Sri Lanka to come.

Mikaela Foxworthy

LEADER

Mikaela is an outdoor educator, traveller and eco warrior! When she was at school, she travelled as a student on a World Challenge expedition to Thailand and Cambodia. Since then, she has gone on to work in the outdoors and the mental health sector, leads expeditions for us has and travelled hard.

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Our Leaders

Our leaders

We’re an organisation driven by our people, passionate explorers from all walks of life who are dedicated to building the best possible outcomes for students and educators.

From world-record holding ocean rowers to educators, doctors, phycologists, ex-military commanders, operational experts, environmental advocates and many more curious folks, we’re dedicated to the pursuit of leading all aspects of responsible overseas student travel.

Your leader will have:

  • Relevant technical qualifications and experience
  • Wilderness first aid
  • Proven experience of collaborating with young people
  • Real life stories from independent travel adventures overseas
  • Criminal record checks
  • Excelled on our selection and training course
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It takes a pretty special place with some pretty awesome people to do what we do. Everyone counts - from packing kit, booking flights, talking to parents and inspiring students. Benefits include free coffee and the potential to travel. Socials probably include too much fancy dress.



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If you believe in the transformational power of these experiences for young people, have your own adventure stories from travelling already and have earnt some industry qualifications, we want you on our team. Hit the button below for more info.

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