My name is Matthew Wayne Schroeder. I am 25 years old. I was born in Newcastle – in the battlefields area of Kwazulu-Natal - South Africa. I have loved travel and adventure all my life. As a boy I journeyed throughout South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe on 4×4 road-trips with my family. During high school I was fortunate enough to go to Vancouver for 3 months on a student exchange program, and to go on holiday to Hawaii. I was very involved in community service as well, spending a lot of time in the rural Transkei on outreach projects. During my teens I also began questioning everything, devouring books, having lengthy debates and gazing curiously at the stars.
From a young age I had the dream of exploring the world. When I matriculated I took a gap-year in South America. I backpacked, hitchhiked and trekked through Argentina and Chile, and climbed mountains with mountaineers from all over the world in Bolivia and Peru. This was the adventure of my life.
Over the following three years I completed a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and anthropology and subsequently an honours degree in anthropology at the University of Cape Town. Midway through my first year at UCT I went to Kenya and Tanzania and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with my stepfather and some friends. Whilst studying I also became extremely interested in mystical Hinduism. I was a practicing monk for one year and volunteered for a range of humanitarian service projects throughout my time at university. This year I spent 6 months in India and Nepal, where I taught English and did a mountaineering course in the western Himalayas.
Travel and adventure is my life. I love writing and am also a keen photographer and documentary film-maker. My hobbies include playing guitar, surfing, kayaking, hiking, climbing, cooking, reading, watching films and spending time with my friends and family.
My motto: Life is not a job, but an experience.