APA welcomes two NEW full time Program Managers to its Youth Team

Asia Pacific Adventure welcomes James Hawes and Gabby DeGagné to its full time staff. Both James and Gabby are no strangers to APA, having worked as facilitators throughout the 2011 fall season and spring in 2012. They both bring with them not only their knowledge and experience in teaching outdoor education, but also their passion and enthusiasm for working in the outdoors.

With 70 full and freelance APA staff and over 2500 students from Hong Kong schools participating in our experiential learning programs for this fall season, our APA Youth team is looking forward to inspiring and educating students, not only about themselves and others around them, but about nature and the environment, through adventure in the outdoors.

Estelle Davies

Client Relationship Manager

estelle.jpgBorn in Cyprus but raised in Hong Kong of British parents, Estelle’s love of the outdoors and the ocean began at an early age and led her to gain a bachelors degree in Marine and Environmental Science and a Masters in Tropical Marine Biology.

Working as a Naturalist with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, a SCUBA dive master, swimming instructor and with a PGCE in Secondary Biology, Estelle has helped to inspire and educate people around the world, connecting them with the wonders of nature and the oceans.

Estelle joined the Asia Pacific Adventure team as Client Relationship Manager in September 2011 and enjoys working alongside similar outdoor professionals and enthusiasts.


james.h.jpgJames Hawes

Program Manager & Outdoor Facilitator

Originally from the South Downs in the UK, James grew up riding bikes and sailing. He studied Outdoor Education and has since worked through the UK, Spain, Greece, Australia and New Zealand, instructing within the outdoor industry. His passion for the outdoors has grown to include climbing and kayaking. James spends much of his time hiking and climbing around Hong Kong and tries to slip in as much mountain biking and kayaking as he can.

James has qualifications in hill walking, single pitch climbing, mountain biking, power boating, sailing, kayaking and canoeing. Since joining APA in 2011 he has taken groups to Thailand and China as well as many locations within Hong Kong. James looks forward to another great year in the outdoors.


gabby.jpgGabby DeGagné

Program Manager & Outdoor Facilitator

Born in Vancouver Canada, Gabby has always felt at home in the outdoors. Growing up she spent her summers exploring the lakes and mountains of the West Coast and her winters skiing in the mountains. Inspired by her love for nature and enjoyment of working with youth, Gabby decided to major in Health and Recreation and minor in Psychology at the University of Victoria. Gabby has worked in the field of outdoor education in Wales, Chilean Patagonia, and Canada. As a certified Level 2 CSIA ski instructor, she has spent over five years ski coaching and instructing, most recently in Whistler, British Columbia.

Gabby loves to travel and share her passion for the outdoors with others. She spends most of her free time climbing, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, surfing, and skiing. Gabby started working for Asia Pacific Adventures in 2011 and joined the team full time as a Program Manager in 2012.

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