Back in the 2002, Greg was a young lad who came to our Total Adventure Holidays in the summer to have lots of fun. Now he’s an accomplished teacher, in a specialist unit of a London primary school for children with autism, and he’s previously set up and run a Christian school in Zimbabwe. We caught up with him to find out how A+ impacted his life and helped shape who he is today.
Greg was no different to your usual teenager when he came to our holidays and eventually did an A+ Gap year, and became a ‘gappy’, as they’re fondly known.
After finishing A-Levels he didn’t know what to do next and could have easily taken an easy option, by his own admission.
Becoming a ‘gappy’ at A+ surrounded him with positive examples of Christians living out their faith, not by pushing it down people’s throats, but by genuinely coming alongside the young people and helping them make better life choices.
He went to A+ thinking Christians were a bit ‘weird’ but soon realised he could be himself and still make a decision to follow Jesus. Just like him, there were Christians there who loved climbing mountains and taking on a challenge.
He was encouraged by seeing great teachers coming on camps; igniting his passion for teaching young people. He particularly recalls the kids from inner city schools seeing the countryside and activities, some for the first time in their lives.
Getting an opportunity to teach activities was such a contrast to life at school being ‘taught’. It made Greg realise this was what he wanted to do.
He left A+ to study teaching, married the wonderful Sophie, and she persuaded him to move to Zimbabwe in sub-Saharan Africa to set up the One Way pre-school.
In an area of huge deprivation, Greg saw the hearts of the littles ones filled by God’s love. He and Sophie ran the school there for many years, giving hundreds of children the opportunity of an education and chance to know they are deeply loved by a heavenly Father. To find out more about One Way school and donate please visit their website www.onewayschool.co.zw
They returned to the UK where they now have two children. Greg has already asked A+ to put his eldest’s name down for Total Adventure Holidays when he turns eight, which is of course yet another encouragement to us here at A+. Spreading the encouragement – even across the generations, is what A+ is all about!
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