I’ve visited over 400 schools in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand to talk to kids of all ages about lessons learned through adventure. From pre-schoolers, to excitable Beaver Scouts, to my toughest gig yet – trying to convince a room full of teenage boys in New York that riding a giant pink bicycle was ‘awesome’.
My message for young adventurers is simple. Think big, be brave, pursue your passions and have the courage to seek out new challenges as often as possible. Only in stepping outside of your comfort zone will you discover what you’re truly capable of.
Talks can be anything from 20 minutes to 1 hour and range from general tales of adventure, through to expedition logistics, equipment, Geography, History or nutrition.
Want some information to take away? Download the speaking for schools PDF here.
Here are some rather nice things, that some rather nice people have said about me:
“She won over the year 11 crowd from the moment she bounced onto the stage! She is a fantastic role model for young women; her enthusiasm and confidence are inspiring. Anna really engaged with the audience with a fun and genuinely fascinating presentation. The Year 11s loved the way she spoke to them with such energy, making them feel like they could do anything.”
– Waldegrave Girls’ School, Twickenham, UK –
“You really enthused our girls – making them think outside the box and dare to believe in the impossible. You are a true inspiration.”
– Sydenham High School, London –
“Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the insight into your adventures, and it was fascinating to listen as you took the time to answer the many questions from the students. You are an inspiration to us all.”
-Headmaster, St John’s School, Norwood, UK –
“Thank you so much for giving such an amazing speech at our annual Boat Club dinner last night. We couldn’t have hoped for anything better. Your infectious enthusiasm for adventure spread through the hall like wildfire!!!”
-Master of Rowing, Dulwich College, UK –
“I was so inspired by your talk. It helped me realise that we are all made for bigger things than we think we are. I’m not exactly sure what I’d like to do when I’m older yet, but after listening to you speak I just know that I am now super motivated to work towards doing something meaningful with my life.”
– Katie, aged 15, Hamilton, New Zealand –
“Thank you so much for stopping and inspiring our students this morning! Our post about your visit to the school is the most ‘liked’ article we have ever had!”
-The International School, Geneva –
“It’s amazing how you could feel the energy in the room. It was the end of a long first week back at school for the kids, but you could see that they were listening so intently, completely transfixed!”
-Sherborne Girls School, Dorset –
We were so inspired by Anna’s adventures and the spirit in which she undertook them. She made a strong impression on us all with her message of leaving your comfort zone in order to achieve success.”
-Head boy, St Martin’s School, London, UK –
“Please know that right here in this little New England town, you’ve touched our lives in more ways that you could possibly ever know!”
-Miss Thorell, New Hampshire, USA –
“Anna is as brave as a wolf and a fire dragon. She is an awesome person because she helps kids around New Zealand. The more money she raises, the more kids get to go OUTSIDE. She is a blue eyed, blonde haired superhero!”
– Leonard, aged 7, Deanwell School, New Zealand –
“All of those in the Throne room raved about you! Having you as a presenter really made all the difference, and made the day extra special for the young people and their families. We can’t thank you enough.”
-Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards, St James’ Palace –
“An authentic, energising and inspiring talk. The children loved you!”
– The Dragon School, Oxford, UK –
“We were all so refreshed by your visit! Thanks so much for bringing the world to our classroom.”
– Mr Gonzalez, New York Harbour School, NYC –
“As a lover of the great outdoors I am always trying to encourage people to get up, get out, and explore. You certainly helped to cement this ethos. Students all start with baby steps but every step they take is a step in the right direction to keeping fit and healthy whilst having bags of fun with their friends and family – thanks for reinforcing this.”
-Duke Of Edinburgh prize-giving, Richmond-
“Anna was fantastic. So engaging with the kids – they loved her (as it the adults in the room!). We can’t wait to have her back in again after her next adventure.”
– Tuffley Primary School, Gloucester, UK –
“We really appreciate you showing our kids what a real-life superhero looks like!”
– Arie Patton, Auckland, New Zealand –
To book a talk or find about more about me making a visit to your school, email email@example.com.
If you’d like to mull things over offline with a cuppa and a packet of Hobnobs, you can download the speaking for schools PDF here.