Charismatic, professional, and experienced leaders are crucial for any overseas group adventure. We are proud of our leadership team here at Gapforce, with many of our leaders having worked for us for many years and in all four corners of the globe!
We are therefore excited to release a recent interview with one of our experienced leaders: Andy. Born and raised in Northumberland, his appetite for adventure came from his parents having spent countless holidays on the islands off the west coast of Scotland. Having been fed the travel bug at an early age it was not too long till this northern lad travelled far and wide. Climbing and Mountaineering are his big passion, it has taken him to the French and Swiss alps, South Africa and the odd volcano in New Zealand. He really enjoys leading for Gapforce and loves to show others what this amazing world has to offer whilst having a good laugh along the way.
Why did you want to become an expedition leader?
I became an expedition leader to have the opportunity to show people some of the most amazing places on earth and of course to have a lot of fun and laughter along the way.
What is your favourite destination from the Gapforce portfolio and why?
What is your favourite volunteer project you’ve worked on?
Working with the Green Space My Space team in Cairns Australia though hard was very fun and rewarding work and you could really see the end result of your work, and there was a free BBQ!
Describe a typical day during one of our award-winning expeditions
Describing a typical day with Gapforce is like asking me to swim the channel, impossible! Every day has something new to offer if that be exploring with your friends or an organised activity, this is what makes the trips so engaging and enjoyable.
Tell us about your favourite moment or a participant’s experience from a trip.
My favourite moment of a trip was seeing the face of one of the participants who had never seen the ocean before finally see it in Barcelona, there face was just full of pure joy and that will always stay with me.
What one piece of advice would you give to future participants?
The one piece of advice I would give to a future participant is to come on the trip with an open mind. You will meet so many new people in your group who have had a variety of up bringing’s from all over the world, it is so important to except people and be open to have your mind changed, if you do this you will make so many more friends and have an even better time.
What aspect of the job do you find most rewarding or inspiring?
The thing I find most rewarding is playing a part in making someone’s traveling experience if that be for the first time or tenth time really enjoyable and something they will never forget.
What would be your dream expedition to lead?
Cycling around the world – Hiking in Peru – Bothy searching in Scotland – Coast to coast hike in Costa Rica – Climbing in Morocco – Hiking in Canada and Alaska. I could go on…