Learn more about Red Kite Adventures

About us

Journeys for a better world

Our Vision

To inspire a generation of change makers whose actions lead to a more sustainable approach to our planet.

Our Mission

To provide learning opportunities for students to engage with sustainability issues on a global and local scale. Red Kite Adventures will build empathy, spark passion and ignite a generation of young people who are motivated to make a difference in their personal and professional lives.

Our Adventures

All of our service based trips have a focus on sustainable development issues. Our project partners have great experience working with schools and students offering authentic, hands on learning experiences.

Why Red Kite Adventures

Sustainable Development Focus

Our trips focus on key environmental, social and economic issues that have an impact on local and global levels.

Service Work Opportunities

Service work is an essential element to all of our adventures. It provides direct engagement in sustainable development issues.

Our adventures offer unique and enriching learning opportunities with hands on projects in an authentic context.

Authentic, Experiential Learning Outcomes

Our project providers have designated programmes and facilities for students and groups with significant experience in their field.

Safe, Student Centred

Financial Security

Your funds are fully protected through our membership of the Travel Trust Association and our ATOL licence.

Health & Safety

Our safety management process ensures strict planning, preparation and support procedures. The security, health and safety of our groups is prioritised above anything else.

Customer Service

We pride ourselves on the personal customer service provided. All of our trips are customisable as we build an itinerary to suit each group.


Our aim is for trips to have a positive impact. The carbon offset plan and longevity of the partnerships are key to achieving this aim.

Why Red Kite?

The success of the Red Kite conservation project in the UK demonstrates how people can make a positive impact on the sustainability of our planet. The population of Red Kites in the UK has increased from a few pairs to over 1,800 pairs in less than 30 years.

We hope that our trips will inspire a generation of change-makers who are prepared to act on local and global issues.

About Our People

Matt Rappel - Founder & Managing Director

When I made the decision to move on from my 28 years in education, I knew exactly which direction I wanted to take. Inspired by the many trips I had the pleasure of setting up, leading, and participating in during those years, Red Kite Adventures was born.

Through travel, I experienced first-hand the incredible opportunities for students to grow beyond those that a traditional classroom could provide. The trips that have made the most impact on students, myself, and indeed the planet have without doubt been those with a focus on conservation and social equity. When done well, with the right partners, a trip focused on sustainable development can provide authentic, long-term benefits to the local environment and its communities. I have also witnessed how this can be the spark that gets students to take on their own responsibility for the health of our planet and inspire them to make a difference.

Kirsty Brien - Safety Advisor

Kirsty Brien is our Safety Advisor here at Red Kite Adventures. Her role is ensuring that the planning of all our trips come with the guarantee of meticulous attention to detail with regard to our safety management and risk assessing, ensuring that all areas of our itineraries have been checked and signed off before the young adventurers depart on their journey.

Kirsty is herself a keen adventurer and has led over 50 trips and expeditions for young people across the world to over 20 countries from Iceland to India, Morocco to Mongolia, Peru, Tanzania, Ecuador and Jordan to name a few!

She is a qualified teacher and International Mountain Leader Award holder for 15 years, with a wealth of experience in overseas trip planning and emergency management.


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