CONFIDENCE FOR A NEW GENERATION
Dave has visited over 700 schools since he began his adventure career in 2005. His message is simple for the youth of today dream, believe and never give up.
He is passionate about inspiring young people, bringing an importance of hard work but also taking the stress off today's schoolchildren. His school talks are balanced between a growth mindset philosophy and a sense of positivity and excitement about life. Using stunning slides and film to bring his expeditions and projects to life, Dave inspires, animates and wows young audiences.
Not only are children impressed with his eight world records, they love the stories behind the challenges. His contagious enthusiasm, passion and positive attitude are great fun to observe and the students (and often teachers) are left feeling motivated and inspired – it really is learning at its very best.
IN 2013 Dave visited burraton school in cornwall towards the end of one of his 1000 mile journeys. This was his memorable departure
Dave is available for one-off assemblies and award ceremonies, as well as day-long visits including an assembly and workshops/ presentations tailored to specific age groups.
To sustain the excitement generated from the visit, Dave always likes to build a relationship with schools. From Skyping in from the midst of an expedition, tuning in to student blogs and encouraging geographical and social awareness through Operation Postcard.
There is also plenty of scope for teachers to create their own sessions - from having children set out their own journey goals to designing forms of non-motorised transport. Dave’s visit lays the groundwork for ongoing lessons and projects to ensure the inspiration never dies.
Skype Into the Classroom
After visiting a school, Dave will offer a free follow-up ‘visit’ via Skype from an upcoming adventure. Of course, this depends on availability of signal, but it takes the children one step closer to the places and activities Dave experiences on a regular basis. He has skyped to classrooms while balancing on a stand up paddleboard on the Mississippi River, kayaking and skateboarding in Australia, and from island campsites in Scandinavia. Beats your average Geography class!
With a huge world map up on the wall in a public area of your school, fire the pupil’s imagination with an aim of receiving a postcard from every country in the world. Dave can use his wide-ranging network to get the ball rolling, and by engaging parents and community members to reach out to their friends and colleagues around the world, Operation Postcard becomes so much more than just a map on the wall.
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