Slowlife Chats with Kash Izydorczyk

Kash Izydorczyk, Director of Soneva Namoona Operations and Community Engagement, Maldives

Kash is an educator with 15 years’ experience inspiring young people as a coach, teacher, and facilitator. Kash has managed camps, youth clubs, projects and expeditions focusing on personal growth and leadership. This journey through experiential education has instilled within her a deep appreciation of the natural world and a passion for building a harmonious and sustainable relationship with it.

“I am thrilled to be part of Soneva Namoona and to work on such meaningful projects with dedicated and inspiring people all over the Baa Atoll, Noonu Atoll and across the Maldives.”

What’s your background?

I have a MA in International Education and Development, MA in Literature, Religion and Philosophy

Where are you from?

I grew up in Singapore, I completed tertiary education in Poland and the UK. I consider myself a global citizen.

Highlights of your career?

I feel very lucky as I’ve had the opportunity to work in over a dozen countries across the world. Facilitating various workshops and leading experiential education courses for young people and other educators across the globe has allowed me to learn, adapt and keep an open mind. Some highlights would include, being a part of the team designing the Den and our educational children’s programs in Soneva Fushi; running an adventure camp in the remote mountains of Canada; managing summer camps in the UK; facilitating workshops across the Maldives focusing on leadership through the lens of the sustainable development goals as part of the Flying Fish Leadership program. Lastly, my current role as the Director of the Soneva Namoona NGO Operations is a huge highlight – this role is challenging and creative; I feel very fortunate to be working with such a passionate and hardworking team and all our committed partners on taking positive climate action for a cleaner and greener future.

Could you describe a typical day for you?

Meeting here, brainstorming session there, facilitate a workshop, create educational resources, emails, emails, emails, another meeting, an awareness raising activity …. Etc. etc.

What inspires you?

Nature. Laughter. Results.

What would you recommend as a “Must See” for any guest coming to Soneva?

Eco-Centro – it is an inspirational place epitomizing a solution based approach to waste management and seeing waste as a resource; this was also the inspiration for so much work that Soneva Namoona is working on with local island councils. The Den – it is a fun-filled magic land for children and their families, where you’ll never get bored! Flying Sauces – the new restaurant that takes dining to new heights, literally – a must visit for a taste of adventure!!

 

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