In 2009, Explorer & Campaigner Belinda Kirk established Explorers Connect as a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to help people live more adventurously. Belinda is the leading campaigner for an #AdventureRevolution
Set up originally as a way for explorers and adventurers to recruit new teammates for expeditions, people quickly let Belinda know that they would like to go on adventures with her, and so she started setting up adventures herself. Now, every adventure that we run has been carefully crafted to reflect Belinda's original vision, standards, and ethos.
WHAT WE DO
We extend people's comfort zones
We run a variety of affordable adventures that are carefully curated and crafted to (safely) extend peoples' comfort zones, as we believe that is where the magic happens:
People discover just what they are capable of, which has the power to transform lives and inspire others.
People learn new skills that improve self sufficiency and increase their ability to appreciate the outdoors on their own
People experience new locations and experiences that broaden their horizons, and make them more comfortable with uncertainty (e.g. cold weather / night experiences).
We are a strong and friendly community
We nurture a long-standing and inclusive community of outdoor enthusiasts, where people quickly find new friends to do all the stuff they love with. We foster an environment wherein:
You can be yourself: We actively celebrate individuality, and do not stand for 'cliqueyness' or coolness in any shape or form. Our hosts and partners actively ensure everyone is included in conversations who wants to be.
Everyone is treated as adults and equals: It's a muck-in environment, where group decisions are actively encouraged. It's all about empowerment.
We are a thought-leader in adventure-for-wellbeing
We believe we spend too much time indoors, stifled by convenience and comfort, and it's killing us, impacting our auto-immune systems and causing numerous mental health problems. We actively raise awareness of, and conversation around, the positive impacts of adventure on mental, physical and emotional well being.
Alongside our adventures, we run a range of other initiatives to encourage people to live more adventurously:
In 2016, we founded Wild Night Out - Britain's National Night of Adventure - and now partner with the YHA, Ordnance Survey, and Ellis Brigham (amongst many others) to deliver it, in order to raise funds for the Youth Adventure Trust.
We run a 'Join A Team' platform, for explorers and adventurers to find teammates to join them on expeditions around the world.
We host regular Adventure Talks in Bristol and London, with a range of inspiring speakers, to ensure our community remains inspired during their city-bound workaday week.
We also manage an Adventure Jobs Portal where employers from across the globe advertise vacancies within the adventure industry.
At Explorers Connect we believe adventure is a necessity of the human spirit. The modern world has become too easy, too averse to challenge and too disconnected from nature. This is having a negative effect on our physical and mental health. What we need is an #AdventureRevolution