Meet The Team
The Gapforce Family
We are proud to be a closely-knit team, based both in our UK office and across the globe. Our staff are the foundation and sacred portals of knowledge that allow us to build and offer truly unique gap year programs. The faces you see below are the magnificent team that ensure our participants have unique and empowering adventures on their gap year and volunteering programs
World-class Expedition Leaders
Outside our main headquarters in London, England, most of our staff are based across the world in a variety of our gap year destinations. Being based in the very countries that our programs run from means our staff have an unparalleled local knowledge and are consequently able to continually develop the programs through regular communication with our UK support team. These exceptional international staff members are paramount to the success of our programs and the ability for our programs to make a real impact through sustainable volunteering and marine conservation.
Our Expedition Leaders have been rigorously trained directly from the ground-up (literally!) in safety, group education, wilderness survival and so much more. This truly makes them the best outdoor experts for our gap year adventures and group programs. Our Expedition Leaders are of the highest standards, and quite simply incredible at what they do; with them, our participants continue to have the ultimate experiences on our trips.
Your London Advisor Team
James took his own gap year and travelled extensively throughout Australia, before graduating from the University of Bristol and starting an extensive career in adventure travel. James joined Gapforce in 2009 and has enjoyed watching the company grow. James is a keen runner and his dream destination is South Africa!
ErikaAdvisor - USA
Erika is a native Chicagoan that can’t get enough of travelling the globe. Immediately after graduating from the University of Chicago with a Degree in Kinesiology, Erika left the comforts of her home and a well-beaten path to travel and work around the world. Today she feels lucky having the opportunity to guide others out of their own comfort zones and into a gap year.
MareenAdvisor - Europe
Mareen decided travelling had to become a big part of her life after travelling for the first time at the age of 14 - joining an organized bus trip and heading to Nice. 14 years later, Mareen found herself falling in love with the other side of the world, whilst spending time in New Zealand. The top places on her bucket list include South America, Canada and the Northern Polar Lights!
Italian passport holder and UK resident, passions include but are not limited to: travelling - well duh - reading sci-fi novels and consequently carrying a towel with me at all times, watching basketball games hoping LeBron will dunk on someone's head, and going to stand up comedy sets anywhere around the world because I genuinely love to laugh and could spend all my money on it.
Life so far also taught me that coffee and cake are very important.
Dr RajMedical and Safety
Raj is one of a select few individuals that has successfully climbed, unguided, the highest mountain on every continent in the world. It is because of this that Raj is our consultant doctor, allowing us to provide the highest level of safety and medical support. Raj has operated in some of the most inhospitable places imaginable from mountain, desert, polar and jungle environments, right through to warzones.
ColinExpedition Leader Trainer - UK & Overseas
JadeExpedition Leader Trainer - UK & Overseas
Elliot SwinneyExpedition Leader
Matt SmithExpedition Leader
SevExpedition Leader - Ski
JamesPartner - West Africa
LeoPartner - Thailand
RajPartner – Nepal
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