Our Offices & Our People

Our Offices

It is important to us to have representation in the countries we operate our programmes, so you can be sure Xplore is always on hand to offer support and assistance.

Xplore Head Office

12 Bury Street,
Stowmarket,
Suffolk IP14 1HA

Tel: +44 (0) 1449 742700

Email: info@xploretheworld.com

Xplore GmbH

Hamburg / Berlin / Cologne

Xplore USA

North Carolina / Colorado / Arizona

Meet Our Team

Here at Xplore we really are a family, and like to give the personal touch to everything we do – no matter if you are an agent, a parent, a student, a host family, a school or a potential member of staff, you will quickly be able to put a face to a name, have a personal contact for your enquiry and be part of the Xplore team!

Use the bar below to see who works in each of our departments…

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Lewi

Social
Interaction
Leadership &
Communication
Local
Integration
Language
Development
Cultural
Immersion

Lewi

Managing Director / CEO

Est. 2002

What is your best tactic or advice for meeting new people?

Find out about them rather than talk about yourself.

What’s the biggest misconception people have about your job?

That I don’t do anything.

How did you get into the industry?

When I was 16 my games teacher asked if I wanted a summer job as a “Gofer".

What’s your best piece of advice?

If you need to make a tough decision take the emotion out of it, but put it back in when you need to deliver the news.

What is your best lasting memory from when you were a teenager?

My first summer at Kids Klub (Xplore’s previous name).

What’s one thing that surprised you about working at Xplore?

That I am still here

What’s one professional skill you’re currently working on?

I find it very difficult to network as I am actually quite shy so I am pushing myself to attend more meetings.

What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?

I pride myself on the sense of team and family we have all across Xplore.

What is your favourite thing about where you live?

I live in the middle of a field and thats the best thing about it.

If you could add one thing to your Xplore office, what would it be?

A fish tank (not sure why).

If you could speak any language, what would it be? (and why?)

I guess Dutch would help as my wife is Dutch.

What is your learning style?

I am 100% “Monkey see, Monkey do".

What is your favourite memory from travelling abroad?

I am lucky enough to travel a lot through work and also personally but some of the adventures abroad have produced some of the best memories.

If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

Canada and it is on the list!

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Ben

Social
Interaction
Leadership &
Communication
Local
Integration
Language
Development
Cultural
Immersion

Ben

Sales & Marketing Director

Est. 2002

What is your best tactic or advice for meeting new people?

Be yourself, smile and be positive. They’ve never met you before either and are probably just as nervous!

What’s the biggest misconception people have about your job?

That I’m only busy in the summer months!

How did you get into the industry?

After having spent a number of summer holidays as a student working in the industry as an activity instructor, centre manager and TEFL teacher, in 2002 I had the opportunity to join Lewi in launching what was to later become Xplore.

What’s your best piece of advice?

Stay true to yourself.

What is your best lasting memory from when you were a teenager?

Being at camp, meeting people from different countries and spending the summers outdoors!

What’s one thing that surprised you about working at Xplore?

Just how large the industry is and the number of opportunities out there.

What’s one professional skill you’re currently working on?

Understanding people’s behaviour and how to get the best out of them.

What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?

Taking the business on 17 years ago and still being here today! There have been many ups and a few downs along the way but the journey has taken me to many new places, enabled me to experience and understand a variety of different cultures, whilst meeting some great people along the way.

What is your favourite thing about where you live?

"Bury St Edmunds - it’s a nice market town with just enough going on! Suffolk - the countryside! England - the seasons (even if it does rain now and again!"

If you could add one thing to your Xplore office, what would it be?

A state-of-the-art coffee machine (and a barista who knows how to use it!)

If you could speak any language, what would it be? (and why?)

I can get by in French but I’d love to be able to speak Italian or Spanish. Their language is so expressive and interesting, plus it would help me when I’m eating/drinking their fantastic food and wine!

What is your learning style?

I guess I like learning by doing but from experience having some logic/theory behind you is always useful!

What is your favourite memory from travelling abroad?

I’ve been fortunate to travel to many incredible places and most of my favourite memories are dominated by food. These are a few of my stand-outs - Australia, for the outdoor lifestyle. Japan, for the culture. Mexico and Vietnam, for the food!

If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

Great question! Cuba - before it becomes too commercialised (if it’s not late!). It has so much history and culture to explore. With my work hat on, Colombia and Argentina are next on the list!

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Emma

Social
Interaction
Leadership &
Communication
Local
Integration
Language
Development
Cultural
Immersion

Emma

Marketing Manager

Est. 2012

What is your best tactic or advice for meeting new people?

Smile! Ask questions, and make a joke - people always feel more relaxed when laughing!

What’s the biggest misconception people have about your job?

That marketing is a fluffy job - full of pictures, creative and spending lots of money BUT we work really hard to get more visitors to our sites, be seen by more people, in more countries and ultimely sell more!

How did you get into the industry?

I began at Xplore as maternity cover in the Marketing department after University, and have worked (& studied) my way up to Marketing Manager

What’s your best piece of advice?

If you don't ask, you don't get

What’s one thing that surprised you about working at Xplore?

How global we are! Our customers could be from anywhere in the world, which makes marketing super challenging but also really exciting

What’s one professional skill you’re currently working on?

Being more strategic and planning a schedule to run to.

What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?

Studying for my CIM Level 6 Diploma whilst working full-time was pretty tough going but I did it, that or coming back to work after having my baby girl.

What is your favourite thing about where you live?

The countryside, I love being close to cities and towns for convenience but fresh air and beautiful scenery is calming.

If you could add one thing to your Xplore office, what would it be?

A snack trolley that comes round or a garden to sit in when the sun is shining

If you could speak any language, what would it be? (and why?)

Italian - think of all the food!

What is your learning style?

Verbal, I have got to talk something through with another person, either teaching them or a discussion, or I need to write things down!

What is your favourite memory from travelling abroad?

I went to Bali on my own for my 29th birthday, the experience really forced me out of my comfort zone as I had to make an effort if I wanted to have a good time celebrating my birthday with others! It was one of the best birthdays I've ever had!

If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

For me travelling is all about 2 things - food and culture so top of the list currently is Singapore or Japan.

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Becky

Social
Interaction
Leadership &
Communication
Local
Integration
Language
Development
Cultural
Immersion

Becky

Finance Manager

Est. 2012

What is your best tactic or advice for meeting new people?

Be yourself.

What’s the biggest misconception people have about your job?

That I just count money.

How did you get into the industry?

I wanted a fun outdoor activities summer job, I found Xplore and then never left!

What’s your best piece of advice?

Wear sun screen.

What is your best lasting memory from when you were a teenager?

being presented the bronze medal by an Olympic swimmer when competing for English Schools Swimming Association.

What’s one thing that surprised you about working at Xplore?

How much it feels like a family.

What’s one professional skill you’re currently working on?

I am studying my AAT Level 3.

What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?

eing the Centre Manager and being awarded the centre of the summer.

What is your favourite thing about where you live?

I love Needham Market, it is just lovely with lots of nice dog walks right on my doorstep.

If you could add one thing to your Xplore office, what would it be?

Furniture for the ‘roof top garden’ .

If you could speak any language, what would it be? (and why?)

Italian because it sounds so beautiful.

What is your learning style?

I am an active person and like to learn by doing.

What is your favourite memory from travelling abroad?

Playing with a wild sea lion whilst snorkelling in the Galapagos Islands.

If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

Space.

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Neil

Social
Interaction
Leadership &
Communication
Local
Integration
Language
Development
Cultural
Immersion

Neil

Head of Operations

Est. 2013

What is your best tactic or advice for meeting new people?

Look them in the eye!

What’s the biggest misconception people have about your job?

Health & Safety is boring

How did you get into the industry?

Met the CEO of Xplore at a social event, had a great chat...

What’s your best piece of advice?

Teamwork makes the dream work!

What is your best lasting memory from when you were a teenager?

Having fun

What’s one thing that surprised you about working at Xplore?

The fantastic Ethos

What’s one professional skill you’re currently working on?

Juggling...and not the clown type!

What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?

Team swim of Lake Windermere

What is your favourite thing about where you live?

Bury St Edmunds - Carluccios!

If you could speak any language, what would it be? (and why?)

Japanese! We just visited and what a fantastic country and people

What is your learning style?

I like to put things straight into action

What is your favourite memory from travelling abroad?

My first ever taxi ride

If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

Vietnam

Want to work for Xplore?

Keep an eye on our Careers page for more information on current Head Office vacancies. Alternatively, if you think you have something special that we cannot afford to miss out on, please send us your CV and covering letter to recruitment@xploretheworld.com

Outdoor Adventure Careers

We can offer great experience and the opportunity to gain NGB qualifications, all whilst earning a competitive wage. Find out more about working for Xplore in an Outdoor Adventure position.

Summer Staff

We recruit over 100+ members of seasonal summer staff each year to manage and deliver our programmes in the UK, Germany and the USA. From Centre Managers to TEFL teachers, Activity Instructors to Lifeguards.

Find out more about seasonal work

Summer Jobs

The children are so happy you still remember them! You are so kind!

Thank you for your great work with children and teens, I really appreciate the quality of your team and organization and it was really great for me as well as they have been so happy, healthy and they learned a lot with you all!

Ena (Parent)Netherlands

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12 Bury St.
Suffolk IP14 1HA
United Kingdom