Welcome Clare and Michael!

Congratulations to our new Expedition Managers, Clare Howes and Michael Combellack, who recently joined Global Action! Both will be working hard to engage and educate our students in global development issues and conservation, and we wish each every success in their careers here!

Clare Howes has a MSc in Polar and Alpine Change, and a BSc in Geography from Durham University. She has a professional background in expedition logistics coordination and safety management. Clare has previously travelled to Oman, Norway, Sweden, the Alps, Iceland, and the Falkland Islands and South Georgia.clare

Clare was on expedition in Nepal and Switzerland this year with Global Action groups. Clare says her best experience in Nepal was the fantastic hospitality from Nepalese and Tibetan families!

Clare is passionate about global climate change issues and recently volunteered to organise the logistics of a COP21 Climate Change Awareness Campaign in the UK, working with the British Antarctic Survey, UK Polar Network and Scott Polar Research Institute. She is a keen fell runner. In 2014, Clare was part of the team that won the British University Orienteering championships!

Clare is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and is a graduate of the renowned Stellar Leadership Development Programme. Clare is currently managing our Nepal and Switzerland groups.

 

Michael Combellack has a BSc in Biological Sciences, focusing on animal and conservation biology, from the University of Birmingham. He recently worked with Raleigh International for 3 years as Operations Manager in Borneo and Tanzania, where he safely managed 3-month long expeditions for 750 students, across 45 project locations in remote rural areas.

Michael has travelled to over 20 countries, and was on expedition in Zanzibar with Global Action this year. He says his best experience in Zanzibar was snorkelling on, and learning about, the diverse coral reefs with very knowledgeable Marine Rangers, and seeing the work of local charities to improve community lives.

From a young age, Michael travelled widely with his family to remote locations in South East Asia, which inspired him to pursue a career in development and conservation. He is an experienced project manager of community development projects, having managed the construction of children’s development centres, safe water systems, sanitation units, and even the installation of 140 beehives for elephant fencing!

At the University of Birmingham, Michael captained the rugby team, and is a keen hillwalker and climber, having summited Mt Kilimanjaro and a number of peaks in the French Alps. Mike is currently managing our Zanzibar and India groups.

 

Congratulations to our 200 students!

Congratulations to our 200 students that have recently returned from summer expeditions in the Himalayas, Switzerland and Zanzibar Island! Each of you should be very proud of what you have achieved.

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Special mention goes to our Nepal teams who rebuilt Gogan Higher School near Pokhara, enabling 70 Nepalese children to go back to school this year. Over the past 12 months, Global Action have invested USD $27,000 into high-impact community projects in West Nepal.