Charlotte Almekinders

Charlotte Almekinders

Charlotte Almekinders

Lecturer – BA (Hons) Adventure Tourism Management, BA (Hons) Adventure Performance and Coaching and BA (Hons) Marine and Coastal Tourism


Originally from The Netherlands I moved to the UK two years ago. In The Netherlands I grew up close to the North Sea where my parents run a campsite.

After my studies I worked at the Institution for Nature Education and Sustainably for one year. At the same time I worked part time as a garden coach for primary school children with special needs and as a leader at a city games company delivering team building and leadership workshops. I also participated in a voluntary project in Uganda and led a Nature Conservation International Voluntary Project in The Netherlands with the State Forestry.

My passion for being outside in nature and caring for people and the environment led me to undertake an MSc in Outdoor Education at The University of Edinburgh. Because I have a little touch of dyslexia myself my dissertation was about Outdoor Practitioners with Dyslexia within Outdoor Pedagogies. I published an exploration column about it in Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education.

Since completing my Masters I have been working in the Outdoor sector in the UK and Tourist sector in Finland. My area of academic interests are: SEN (Special Education Needs) in particular dyslexia within Outdoor Education, Outdoor end Environmental Education and Experiential Education. With my enthusiasm about being outdoors and caring for the environment I hope I can encourage others to take action. I want to bring out the best in every individual, the development of others and myself is important to me.

My favourite things to do are hill walking, horse-riding, swimming, ice-skating and nature photography.

Academic Qualifications:

BSc Nature and Communication - Stoas University, The Netherlands

Adventure Education - Humak University of Applied Sciences, Finland

MSc Outdoor Education - The University of Edinburgh