A somewhat motley crew, the eleven-strong team here at The Great Projects are all a close knit bunch. Possessing a passion for both wildlife and travel, it is pretty easy to come in to work day to day and promote what we believe are completely unique and life changing experiences!
Being a relatively young and fresh team, we’re all able to bring boundless energy and enthusiasm to our roles on a day to day basis. We love to travel and we love to talk about travel – an essential part of working here we believe!
Please see below to find a little more out about each individual.
Nikita - Travel Consultant
Nikita has been a member of the team for a few years, ever since she volunteered with The Great Projects herself in February 2014, and has now visited 8 projects, including The Samboja Lestari Project, The Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary, and The Great Turtle Project - which are 3 of our most popular options! Therefore she can often offer advice based on first-hand experience and is always happy to help those preparing to get involved with a project themselves.
Since she can remember, she has always had a love for animals of any sort (though a bit of a wimp when it comes to spiders) and loves to immerse herself in different cultures – especially when it comes to trying new food!
Though she’s already ticked off a number of projects on her to do list, I don’t think there will ever be an end to it, as she is determined to see as much of the world as possible in her lifetime, and will always be drawn to destinations where she can help an animal cause over anywhere else.
Chloe - Travel Consultant
Chloe has just started at The Great Projects after recently returning from a year of travelling. Some of her favourite volunteering and travelling was with the orangutan in Borneo and her safari trip in Port Elizabeth South Africa.
She has always had a love for adventure and travel as well as photography and immersing herself in new cultures so is excited about helping send other people on their life changing adventures.
There are many countries now ticked off her bucket list but there are lots of our projects that she loves the look of so we doubt the travel bug will never leave her!
Matthew - Travel Consultant
Matt has just joined the team after over four years of travelling and living abroad. He has taken on a consultant role, making sure that all clients have the best possible flights to and from their chosen projects, and putting together extra breath-taking tours that will enhance the project experience.
Even though he has travelled extensively, he has been working, be it through teaching online or in schools, online marketing and travel writing, and even gemstone buying! He has always made time to explore somewhere new and has spent many weeks in eco-lodges and elephant sanctuaries dotted around south east Asia.
An avid Tottenham Hotspur fan, Matt has always been an active lad, and trekking and travel photography have become two of his favourite pastimes (but always it making back before kick-off!). All of the projects that The Great Projects offer are on his bucket list, especially The Great Elephant Project in Sri Lanka.
Connor - Marketing Manager
Connor has been with The Great Projects for over 2 years and during his time with the company he has travelled to seven different projects in four different countries all around the world!
He has been to a whole host of projects in South Africa so if you have any questions about the Amakhala Conservation Project, Shamwari Conservation Experience, White Lion Conservation Project or the Kariega ‘Big 5’ Conservation Project then don’t hesitate to ask. Remaining on the continent of Africa, Connor has also been to the Victoria Falls Conservation Experience in Zimbabwe and all of the sites of the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary so he is in the process of becoming our resident African expert!
As well as Africa, Connor has also visited one of our most popular projects; the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Project in Borneo and had a fantastic time there helping to care for the apes. He even got to meet Josh the young orangutan after writing several blogs about him and he said it was it was an amazing experience!
A trip to the Maldives to see the whale sharks is on Connor’s wish list so let’s see what happens in the future!
Leanne - Content Marketing & Social Media Assistant
Adding to the team in 2016, Leanne joined us off the back of a trip to both Japan and Hong Kong, where she was lucky enough to meet the wild monkeys that inhabit the 10 Thousand Buddhas Monastery. An avid traveller, Leanne has seen just about every country in Europe and plans to expand on her adventures further afield too, with our Great Orangutan and Pygmy Elephant Project in Malaysia being her dream trip.
Since working with The Great Projects, Leanne has managed to tick another destination off of her list, visiting both the Sloth Conservation and Wildlife Experience and the Costa Rica Turtle Conservation Experience - why not read about her experiences by clicking here?
When she’s not travelling, Leanne is a keen writer, and you can get to know her through our blog and our social media pages!
Ellie - Content and Media Assistant
Ellie is a passionate advocate for animal welfare, with the conservation of endangered species at the forefront of her thoughts. Ellie has witnessed vast landscapes through her exploration of Europe, and snorkelled with kaleidoscopic marine life in the natural reefs of Mexico. She realised that it was possible for humans to witness the wonders of the world responsibly and that’s what led her to The Great Projects! It has also come to Ellie’s attention the detrimental affect humans are having on the world’s wildlife, and joined the team with the intentions of spreading awareness of the plight of endangered species.
As the newest recruit, she has dreams of snorkelling with the whale sharks of Mafia Island, as she is particularly drawn to marine life. Given the opportunity, she would love to visit the IAR Orangutan Volunteer Project, after becoming attached to one orangutan in particular called Amy, when she recounted the intense story of her rescue and rehabilitation to our readers!
Kate - Volunteer Coordinator
Kate has always had a passion for conservation, travel and primates. This has taken her on a number of adventures working on tropical research and conservation projects in West Africa, Indonesia, South America, and at a primate rehabilitation centre for chimpanzees in southern Spain.
It was after her first trip to Sulawesi, Indonesia at the age of 18 to volunteer on a conservation and tropical biodiversity research project that Kate decided to study Ecology at the University of Edinburgh. Fast forward to now and she has developed a range of practical experience and knowledge working on projects ranging from re-establishing forest in Peru, aiding in the care and rehabilitation of captive chimpanzees in Spain, to researching Mangrove biodiversity and bird species in Tanzania.
She is now excited to return to Indonesia, the country which confirmed her love of travel and conservation, to be our Volunteer Coordinator at The Samboja Lestari Orangutan Volunteer Project in Borneo for her third year.
Michael - Managing Director
Michael has been Managing Director of The Great Projects since 2011. His deep-seated love for travel and wildlife began many years ago after spending time in South Africa's Northern and Eastern Capes. Since then he has travelled all around the world but done most of his travelling through Africa and South-East Asia, where he has worked to set up conservation projects and support existing charities or NGOs in their conservation efforts.
While he is now based mostly within the UK office he still makes time to visit and see the progress of the different projects. In the coming years he hopes to continue to support and work with passionate people at all of the projects as well as develop new and exciting volunteer opportunities when and where they are needed.
Andrew - Director
Andrew became involved with The Great Projects in 2011 when he invested in the business to allow it to expand to include the many new and exciting projects we now offer with many more to come!
Intending initially for it to be a hands-off investment, Andrew quickly got caught up in the excitement of the projects and working to make their aims a reality. Andrew brings his many years of experience of running companies to us to help the team develop the business in a professional and stable way, offering his time for free. Andrew has travelled to many places for both business and pleasure but frequently recounts his experience with Harriet in Borneo. They were visiting the route for our Orangutan and Tribes Voluntour and as they were approaching the lodge, in the trees right on the river bank were two wild orangutans. Seeing them in their natural habitat for the first time had a profound effect and remains one of Andrew's favourite travel experiences.
Andrew is looking forward to overseeing the development of our latest projects and in particular hopes to visit The Great Tiger Project to see the big cats in the wild.
David - Accounts
David is in charge of the accounts at The Great Projects. He helps in the supervision of money and ensures that all the accommodation and logistics are paid for before volunteers travel.
He likes to make sure that all volunteer's money goes to exactly where it is supposed to and put their minds completely at ease!
Miranda - Administration
Miranda joined The Great Projects team in 2012 to help with Company administration as Andrews PA.
She quickly shared the appreciation for the different projects and conservation work carried out by the Company and has expressed interest in several trips including The Great Orangutan and Elephant Project in Malaysia.
Despite having limited travelling experiences Miranda has conveyed interest in combining a holiday experience with volunteering in the near future.