The English Adventure Camp Team

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 Skiing, Snowboarding, baseball and spending time with his wife and three kids. Mike is also known and loved at EA for his unique and friendly style of camp management.

Certifications and experience:

First Aid and CPR, Wilderness First Responder, Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 & Companion Rescue Skills, CSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor

Masha Simonov (Australia/Russia) – Program Manager

Staff After a summer as a camp counsellor with English Adventure in 2015 Masha left the city life behind and moved to Niseko, working in and around the ski, tourism and hospitality industry. She joined the EA team full-time in 2019, and is the unofficial program team organiser and documenter. Outside of work she spends her time snowboarding, drawing, vanlife-ing around Japan and (slowly) learning guitar.

Certifications and experience:

First Aid and CPR, Wilderness First Responder, Avalance Skills Training Level 1

Siobhán Fletcher (Ireland) - HR Manager

Staff Siobhán hails from Ireland and has first-hand experience in immersion language environments through her summers as both a camper and a counselor at Irish-language summer camps. She came to Japan in 2012 on the JET program, spending time in Nagasaki before moving to Tokyo. Siobhán started with EA in 2017 and has worked as a team leader and a camp manager. She joined English Adventure full time in 2019. Her hobbies include baking, power walking and listening to political podcasts.

Certifications and experience:

First Aid and CPR

English Adventure's sister organization, NPO Mirai no Mori, creates life-changing outdoor experiences for abused, neglected, and orphaned Japanese children. Learn more about how you can help.