Claire Bennett

Himalaya Instructor

MA History, University of Cambridge

Claire has led all three of the Dragons Educator Programs, in both Cambodia and her current home of Nepal, aimed at adult educators looking to incorporate a more global perspective into their teaching. In 2011 she supported the Himalayan Semester and enjoyed working with young people again so much that she has decided to do more of it in the future!

Claire graduated from Cambridge with a first-class MA degree, but after that did not set out along the traditional path. After falling in love with Nepal at a young age she worked and volunteered there several times, and then spent 2.5 years in Cambodia living in a small town and working with a rural development organization. Whilst there she began leading school trips with education organization PEPY (www.pepytours.com). She has lived in Kathmandu since January 2011, working for a local NGO which she helped to found (www.phasenepal.org) and working for Dragons. In the UK Claire spent 5 years working with teachers, educational institutions and universities, providing training in development education pedagogy. She facilitated a global youth work project, Global Youth Action, working with disadvantaged youth, and coordinated a regional strategy for the UK government about how to embed a global dimension in the classroom.

Passionate about global equality and social justice, these values drives everything that she does. Claire is an incurable optimist and has boundless energy – mainly fueled by caffeine from her British tea-drinking habit.