We’re pleased to welcome Kwesia, a Member who participated on our Peruvian Amazon expedition in 2018, as an Explorer Ambassador for British Exploring Society.
Kwesia grew up in Deptford, an inner-city area of South-East London. She experienced homelessness, struggles with mental wellbeing, and other challenges that come with living in an area, and with people, who have often been neglected, excluded, and marginalized.
She joined us on British Exploring Society’s expedition to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest in 2018 and spent three weeks in a remote part of the jungle learning to live in the outdoors and carrying out science and media projects.
On her return, she began to think about connecting with other people, particularly with young people like herself, to explore if a connection with nature could touch others in a similar way it touched her.
Since then she has started City Girl in Nature as a way to give back to her community and share her love and passion for the outdoors, and the belief that everybody should have the chance to be healed, nourish and to live a life of abundance.
“Before I left for the Amazon there was lots of chaos in my life; I wasn’t organised, and I wasn’t clear about what my next steps would be. Life was happening, but I felt like I didn’t have control. Now, I am more driven and focused, I know to keep on pushing despite not knowing where I am going. I realised that the destination is always pleasing despite not knowing where you will end up.”
Explorer Ambassador Kwesia
Honor Wilson-Fletcher, British Exploring Society CEO, says: “It’s a joy to have witnessed Kwesia finding her own, compelling voice. When you meet her, you sense that she embraces challenge. Everyone has a right to experiences that can root this kind of self-confidence and control in their lives. But starting a journey like Kwesia’s isn’t always easy, and I am so, so pleased that she is going to be helping us to encourage more young people step forward to embrace challenge by choice in the way that she has so brilliantly.”
Kwesia has already represented British Exploring Society at past events, speaking about her experiences on expedition and how spending time in the outdoors inspired her to begin her project, City Girl in Nature. We are looking forward to working with her to grow and celebrate a diverse, inclusive community of young people with the skills, resilience and determination to make lasting positive decisions in their own lives, and to deliver community benefit and positive environmental change.