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Our story


In 2008, a group of friends decided they wanted to combine two loves: travelling and volunteering in countries below the poverty line. After a quick search through international volunteer programs and contacting effective charities in the field, they were quickly disenchanted by the exorbitant fees attached to volunteering abroad. Furthermore, a lot of the ngos didn’t offer sustainable development solutions. Rather than volunteering through formal agency programs, they took matters into their own hands, fundraising within their communities and taking flights to Africa to help build a better world -and YGAP was conceived.

In 2015, YGAP merged with Spark International, shifting its impact model and joining forces to empower impact entrepreneurs around the world with local solutions to local problems. After eight years we have stopped to reflect on our achievements and in doing so, have recognised this is only the beginning. We are proud of the journey we’ve taken, but driven by the potential that lies ahead.

board members


Aaron Tait: YGAP Chief Impact Officer Adrian Lynch: Senior Associate, Nodco Legal Chris Buchanan (Chair): Managing Director of BA Associates Daniel Madhavan: CEO, Impact Investing Australia David Curtis: Director of Innovation, World Vision Australia Elena Critchley: YGAP Co-Founder Elliot Costello: YGAP Co-Founder & CEO Howard Critchley: Former Managing Director, CEVA Logistics Kaitlin Tait: YGAP Impact General Manager

meet the team


If you see any of these legends out and about, please introduce yourself and give them a high five! 

At YGAP we don’t believe in formal hierarchy, but we do believe that good governance structures are important to enable us to operate efficiently, effectively and help us achieve greatness!