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We were born in a rural village in the distant snow-capped mountains of Pakistan. Back in 1985 a young army captain took a team of soldiers overseas on a training mission in the remote Hindu Kush range. It wasn’t long before he realized that the personal development and camaraderie learned there would shape them all for years to come. He brought the blueprint back and World Challenge was born, founding the schools expedition industry.
Whether it’s about finding perspective, overcoming obstacles or gaining confidence, World Challenge builds the life skills young people need to live a life of courage, kindness and adventure. Today we are 30 years young, proudly travelling to over 40 destinations with over 8,000 students every year.
We’re not shy in saying we lead the way in safety, quality, ethical community engagement and learning outcomes. We believe in the value of what we do, it’s why we’re still here, it’s why we plan on sticking around a whole lot longer.
We are a business driven by our people and want to build something we can be proud of. We’ve come a long way and together we’re going places. Our people are an extension of our values, so you’ll find nothing less than a truly committed, passionate, smart and entrepreneurial team here.
Setting the tone from the top, adventure runs in Pete’s blood, so does family. Pete helped establish World Challenge in Australia over ten years ago and after taking time out to complete an unassisted row across the Atlantic in 2015, Pete’s been steering our ship.
Born in Italy to an American dad and British mom, and raised in Brazil, Betta's sense of exploration has been a life-long project. From a family of educators, Betta's professional life has been focused on teaching and wilderness therapy and our teams know her for her big heart.
It’s not taken Dan long to adopt an affinity with America, having lived on the east coast and now the west coast, both of his beautiful little girls were born here. Dan lives and breathes World Challenge – he has his whole working life – and he’s proud to lead the team in North America.
A former Head of Physical Education with over 12 years of teaching experience and 6 expeditions under his belt, Marcus now calls Canada home. From curriculum and award links, to the best blister pads for your feet, he is perfectly placed to support parents, teachers and schools through their build up to expedition with tips he’s got down to a fine art.
Mountains and adventure will always be in Stu’s blood, having grown through the business as a trainee instructor, expedition leader and now director. Experience in the field shapes our collaborative approach to safety and our strength comes from Stu’s ability to build a growing network of experts.
With infectious energy, no problem is too small or challenge too great for Steffan. With a background based in international affairs, foreign languages and travel, Steffan’s life experience is rich and relevant. Thriving in the basics and the more complex, attention to detail and customer care are his trademarks.
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