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Hugo Chittenden  -  "The Volunteer"  and Inspirational Speaker

Hugo Chittenden's life was turned upside down in March 2008, at the age of 31, by a life threatening illness which in turn led to him losing his job, filing for bankruptcy and losing his fiancée. This turning point in Hugo Chittenden's life ignited a passion in him to lead expeditions with a team of volunteers to less developed countries.  He has since become known as "The Volunteer", raising awareness, support and education for causes around the world

Hugo Chittenden's documentaries and volunteering projects have taken him to the slums of Kenya, rural Uganda, the devastation of Haiti and the Philippines following natural disasters, the refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Calais and the suburbs of Moscow with the homeless. He has also taken on numerous fundraising adventure expeditions to Kilimanjaro, the Sahara, Siberia, Cuba and many other locations. 

Hugo Chittenden speaks about social awareness and volunteering, but also about leadership, teamwork and performance. He uses his experiences leading teams into disaster zones, working off budgets to finalize projects, and working under extreme and often dangerous conditions to illustrate his main speaking topics. This is accompanies by graphic video footage, a dynamic presentation and a book signing which illustrates his guide to volunteering overeseas.

Key messages

Motivation, Inspiration, Leadership and Teamwork, Volunteering and Social Awareness.

Hugo Chittenden - "The Volunteer"  

Hugo Chittenden  - "The Volunteer"

In March 2008 at the age of 31 Hugo Chittenden’s life was turned upside down by a life threatening illness which in turn led to him losing his job, filing for bankruptcy and losing his fiancée.

This turning point in Hugo Chittenden’s life ignited a passion in him to lead expeditions with a team of volunteers to less developed countries.  He has since become known as “The Volunteer”, raising awareness, support and education for causes around the world.

Having overcome his illness and fully recovered, Hugo decided to go and volunteer in the slums of Nairobi caring for orphans with HIV.  With a team of Volunteers he set himself the task of re-building a medical clinic in Kibera Slum, Nairobi. The experience had a deep impact on him and on his return he decided to document how volunteering and project building overseas can help small charities and the local communities, while at the same time inspire and educate.

Hugo Chittenden’s documentaries and volunteering projects have taken him to the slums of Kenya, rural Uganda, the devastation of Haiti and the Philippines following natural disasters, the refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Calais and the suburbs of Moscow with the homeless. 

‘The Volunteer’ has now become a recognized brand and via his documentaries which include contributions from personalities such as Sir Richard Branson and James Blunt, Hugo aims to inspire people into the benefits of volunteering while also exposing the good work that UK charities are doing overseas often under difficult and dangerous circumstances. 

Hugo Chittenden has raised huge amounts of funding and awareness for a variety of UK charities through his projects and also his charity challenge expeditions, which have seen him climb Mount Kilimanjaro, cross the Sahara desert , cycle across Cuba and run a marathon in Siberia! Hugo’s projects and expeditions have taught him valuable lessons about teamwork, endurance, leadership and how to operate under great stress and danger.

Hugo Chittenden  has now written a book called ‘The Volunteer: A Guide to Volunteering’ which he has begun distributing across the country in a bid to bring the benefits of volunteering into people’s lives. David Cameron has written the introduction to his book and Bear Grylls has done the foreword. 

.The continuing imbalance in the world has reinforced his passion that everyone now needs to show social responsibility, whether at home or abroad. This is applicable to individuals, corporations and governments.   He makes the point that the leaders and companies of the future will only succeed long term and attract the best talent & growth, if they are seen to be fulfilling their ethical and social responsibilities.  The best of the next generation will apply to those leading the field in these growth areas with volunteering at its core.

Hugo Chittenden now lives in London where he teaches languages while also working with inspirational speakers looking to share their experiences around the world.  

Key messages
Motivation, Inspiration, Leadership and Teamwork, Volunteering and Social Awareness.

Hugo Chittenden  - "The Volunteer"

“Hugo Chittenden  has embarked on a journey with the aim of changing the life of others – this first project shows his determination to make a difference for those orphans affected by HIV in Africa’s slums”

SIR RANULPH FIENNES OBE – GLOBAL EXPLORER

“This is a project that is very close to my heart. Hugo Chittenden’s work is truly inspiring and his project will help some of the most deserving people in the world. I have a strong personal connection with Kenya and would like to join Hugo in urging as many people as possible to get involved with this extremely worthy cause.”

JEREMY HUNT – SECRETARY OF STATE FOR CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT

‘Hugo Chittenden’s story is a tender, often broken, but healing journey to find himself through loving others. That in itself is a great inspiration to me and many.’

BEAR GRYLLS – PRESENTER

‘Thank you, Hugo Chittenden, for your incredible energy and determination which resulted in such a beautiful transformation of Lea Toto Kibera. Not only will our caregivers and children enjoy the enhancement of the Centre but they will forever remember that one person from UK, with his friend, Chloe, cared so much about them that he wanted them to have an uplifting place where they receive Lea Toto services.’

SISTER MARY OWENS, HEAD OF NYUMBANI

Hugo Chittenden’s concept of The Volunteer and his journey to Nairobi’s slums is moving, inspirational and unique. It’s an honour to be involved with his project, and I’m really looking forward to future episodes.”

JAMES BLUNT – SINGER

Hugo I am so impressed by what you are doing, keeping up the work to make a difference in this world. And there is nothing to beat hearing from someone who has actually been there and done it!’

MARG MAYNE – CHIEF EXECUTIVE – VSO

‘By far the most important comment is that I thought the documentary itself quite superb; indeed truly riveting.  I do congratulate you Hugo Chittenden, not just for this project that you have undertaken with such success, but for having produced what must surely be, with the right promotion, an award winning documentary.’

SIR RODNEY SWEETNAM – NEWMAN FOUNDATION

‘It was an inspiration to witness first hand the huge amount of hard work that the Volunteer project does overseas. The welcome we received at the school in Uganda and the incredible unadulterated gratitude shown by the children, parents and teachers is something I will never forget.’

RICHARD DUNWOODY MBE – CHAMPION JOCKEY

‘All of us can learn so much from the commitment Hugo Chittenden and his team have expressed towards those who are more vulnerable. Helping others is one of the biggest presents in life.’

DAME CAMILA BATMANGHELIDJH – KIDS COMPANY

‘I have witnessed Hugo Chittenden’s great work in Uganda and the idea of inspiring people into volunteering and charity work via film, will I have no doubt lead to more success for The Volunteer.’

GERI HALLIWELL – SINGER

‘We have been able to accelerate our building programme in Uganda thanks to Hugo and his hard working assistant Chloe. We are so grateful that Hugo  Chittenden has involved our charity in the ambitious aims of The Volunteer projects. Kisadhaki Primary School will be forever grateful.’

TRUSTEES HENRY VAN STRAUBENZEE FUND

We all can make a difference and our world needs to do so now. In Hugo Chittenden’s inspirational and valuable book you now have a road map to get your volunteering dreams done. Read it. Live it.’

Robin Sharma (Number 1 best selling author The Monk who sold his Ferrari)

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