Meet the English Adventure Staff

Our mission: Build strong kids

While many of our families know English Adventure for our summer camps, our organization works year-round to plan, train, and prepare for a wide range of camp programs, serving individual families, schools, and other groups.

English Adventure team members come from many walks of life, but what joins us together is our love of nature and the opportunity to work with children as they grow.

Dave Paddock (USA) – President

Staff A deep love of nature and the outdoors prompted Dave to study biology at Indiana University. Dave then spent over five years teaching in Japanese public schools and teaching returnee Japanese children, before combining these influences to create English Adventure. He is also the co-founder and former Chairman of NPO Mirai no Mori which provides transformative outdoor experiences to underserved children in Japan.

Certifications and experience:

First Aid and CPR Instructor, Wilderness First Responder

Mike Daudlin (Canada) – Program Director

Staff Growing up in rural Canada, Mike joined English Adventure in 2012 as a team leader and has worked his way up to Program Director. When he is not running around at camp, he enjoys futsal, baseball and spending time with his wife and two kids. Mike is also known and loved at EA for his unique and friendly style of camp management as well as his infamous number of track suits.

Certifications and experience:

First Aid and CPR, Wilderness Advanced First Aid

Peter Griffith (USA) – Program Manager

Staff Having spent his college years as a camp counselor in the United States, Peter joins the team bringing his excellent experience and camp knowhow. Peter came to Japan nearly 7 years ago and has been working with English Adventure since 2013. In his free time, he enjoys music, Ultimate Frisbee and pink mohawks.

Certifications and experience:

First Aid and CPR, Wilderness Advanced First Aid

Karli Raimondo (USA) – HR Manager

Staff Studying Japanese for over 15 years, Karli started her career in Japan joining the JET program in 2013 in rural Hyogo prefecture. Her strong passion for English education in Japan and love of the outdoors led her to English Adventure. Outside of her job Karli enjoys being active by running, bouldering and playing Ultimate Frisbee.

Certifications and experience:

First Aid and CPR, TESOL

Toshi Yuta (Japan) – Facility Director

Staff From the age of 14, Toshi spent many years overseas, mostly in United States and New Zealand. When working with our English Challenge Program campers, he keenly understands both challenges and the rewards of learning English. Since childhood, Toshi has been fond of the natural world, and has learned how to enjoy it safely through outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, and skiing.