SUPPORTING NATURE ONE LESSON AT A TIME
MOYO Training Foundation is a newly founded non profit organization that supports wildlife and biodiversity across the globe by delivering nature positive training programmes.
We connect people & nature, so they can become nature positive.
MOYO means 'heart' in Swahili, and this is how we started this. From the heart, and with heart for nature.
We believe in social responsibility, so want our training programmes to be available for everyone. We also want our training programs to have a direct impact on nature which is why 10% of your training fee goes towards supporting nature in the areas we operate in, and benefits new trainees through (partly) funded trainings.
We offer high quality training programs in the world’s most beautiful and unique nature areas, and fundraise in order to keep our training fees affordable for everyone that wants to operate more nature positive.
AUKJE VAN GERVEN
CO FOUNDER & DIRECTOR OF TRAINING
CO FOUNDER & DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Born and raised in South Africa, Simon started his safari career over twenty years ago working across a broad sector of the safari and tourism industry in Southern Africa. With experience from guiding through to managing camps, sales and marketing and managing large group business units.
Currently living in The Netherlands, Simon has spent the last seven years supporting the development of the wildlife and tourism sector across ten countries in Europe, with a focus on sustainable business development and training within the nature-based tourism sector.
After launching the European Safari Company in 2016, Simon launched Nature Tourism Development - a consultancy designed to support the nature tourism industry with specific focus on community engagement, nature protection, training and sustainability.
Simon co-created the Rewilding Training Tourism program in 2020 which focused on actionable learnings in tourism, hospitality and guiding in conjunction with rewilding natural areas across Europe.
Simon’s passion for nature and people has lead him to this point with the forming of this new Foundation.
Growing up, Aukje enjoyed nature mostly from horseback, which instilled a love for wandering in wild spaces. She holds degrees in Law and History, but when working in these fields ceased to inspire her, she discovered true adventure travel while cycling from Tanzania to the Netherlands.
When she finished her biking expedition, Aukje entered the workforce again as the Director of the Respect the Mountains Foundation, bringing the message of ecotourism and live events to the European Sustainable Mountain Tourism market.
In 2018 Aukje started working for Rewilding Europe. She managed the in-house travel company (the European Safari Company) and was in charge of Wildlife Tourism development & training in the different rewilding areas.
She co-created the rewilding tourism training program with Simon Collier in 2020, which trained over 200 participants & tourism professionals, and ran for three years.
The nature positive impact this program had on participants, partners, and herself, has motivated her to pour her heart and soul in yet another challenge: starting MOYO Training Foundation.
We are very proud to partner with other organisations, non profits and businesses that believe in supporting nature & people.