Leigh Woods

Leigh Woods

Leigh is originally from the United Kingdom but has spent the vast majority of his adult life living and working abroad. After completing his education, he left his home country for Greece, and later moved to Prague, Czech Republic where he gained employment with Mckinsey & Company. In 2013, Leigh turned his attention to working with non-profits whilst also gaining qualifications in environmental conservation in South Africa. He later went on to lead the communications and development of a humanitarian organisation based in rural Rwanda, and served as a guardian and mentor to at-risk teenagers during the few years he spent there. Leigh is also a fully certified field guide and has led numerous safaris across southern and eastern Africa. His passions include wildlife conservation, youth development, and photography. You can visit his website for more information and interesting stories. 

Between 2013-2016, Leigh Woods, Project Manager at Youth Time made his living in the small landlocked east African country of Rwanda. Aware of his fortune and the privilege he had to live in a region that boasted jaw-dropping scenery, a rich culture and majestic wildlife, his innate desire to explore became unleashed. In this article, he documents his journey through the southern parts of Rwanda’s beautiful neighbor nation, Uganda.

Following four months backpacking through South Africa which entailed swashbuckling safaris, eye-opening cultural experiences and glugging copious amounts of red wine, Leigh Woods, Project Manager at Youth Time decided to try something a bit different. Travelling along the Garden Route from east to west, he landed in Cape Town where he spent two weeks exploring and generally dithering about where to travel next. Upon discovering the plentiful options of overlanding tours, it quickly became apparent that the desert encrusted land of Namibia was the place to go…

In 2013, Leigh Woods, Project Manager at Youth Time jetted off to the small landlocked African nation of Rwanda where he would spend the next few years of his life. Unsurprisingly, living in a little rural village situated in the country’s eastern province entailed many changes in his day-to-day life. His transition caused him to reflect on his own cultural heritage which in turn helped him to adapt to his new environment. Here, Leigh discusses some of the typically British habits and behaviors he had to ditch or reevaluate in order to truly appreciate and embrace his new home.

From a young age, Youth Time contributor Leigh Woods has been passionate about wildlife. After spending a number of years leading safaris across southern and eastern Africa, his empathy and compassion toward animals grew stronger. As some of the world’s most iconic species edge ever closer toward extinction, so do many that the average person may never even have heard of. Here, Leigh highlights some of the planet’s extraordinary fauna that may soon be lost forever.

During the past few years, Leigh Woods, Project Manager at Youth Time International Movement has been pursuing his greatest passion in life – observing and photographing wild animals in their natural habitat. In this article, Leigh shares his experience with the legendary blue whale whilst journeying through the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka.

This opportunity offers future ambassadors the chance to develop their diplomatic skills by representing Youth Time International Movement in their home country, in addition to our annual International Summer School and Youth Global Forum both of which are held in various locations across the globe. Furthermore, the Youth Time ambassador role comes with a responsibility to actively contribute to the success of the organization’s activities and the promotion of its reputation. Below, you will find more information on the responsibilities of a Youth Time ambassador as well as what you can expect in return! The deadline to apply is Monday, December 18th.

From 23rd to 27th of November, Youth Time International Movement in collaboration with the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare in the UAE hosted its third annual Youth Global Forum. The location for hosting the event was the cosmopolitan metropolis of Dubai with the forum bringing together experts and participants coming from a diverse range of countries and backgrounds. Attendees were exposed to a variety of innovative masterclasses and workshops which touched upon topics related to the overall theme of the event – Ethical Entrepreneurship in the Time of a Competitive Knowledge-based Economy. Further, thirteen social enterprise projects were presented by participants with one winner receiving Youth Time’s Idea Grant to convert their idea into a reality!

With the Youth Global Forum Dubai 2017 just around the corner, Youth Time International Movement continues to interview the experts who will be joining us for this momentous occasion. One of these experts is Prof. Allam Ahmed, Founding Director of Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute and Founding President of World Association for Sustainable Development.

With the Youth Global Forum Dubai 2017 less than one month away, Youth Time International Movement continues to interview experts who will be travelling from all over the globe to share their knowledge, ideas, and cultural experiences with participants at the event. One of these experts is Ms. Dorotea Milas, Lecturer at the Zagreb School of Business in Croatia. Ms. Milas’ research interests are in the fields of philosophy (ethics), religious science, communication and cultural studies. She has participated in national and international scientific and professional conferences and has published several scientific and professional papers. Ms. Milas will be hosting a workshop under the theme, ‘Social Factors that Influence Knowledge Development and Knowledge Management Techniques'. This pre-event interview aims to provide Youth Global Forum participants with added insight and understanding as to what they can expect from the workshop, in addition to learning how to best prepare for the event.

With the Youth Global Forum Dubai 2017 less than two months away, Youth Time International Movement are excited to invite experts and participants from all over the globe to share their knowledge, ideas, and cultural experiences. As we enter the final stretch before the event commences, we begin to interview the speakers and trainers who will pass on their expertise and advice to attendees. One of these experts is Professor. Shem Wandiga, Former Member of the General Committee and the Advisory Committee on Environment of the International Council for Science (ICSU).

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