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Ryan James

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I am the Head of Development at Londolozi's not-for-profit partner organisation, the Good Work Foundation (GWF). GWF focuses on education, in particular helping people living in rural areas to connect to a new, digital Africa and all of its opportunities.

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on Q&A with Jessica (Boon) MacLarty

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Marinda Drake
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Great blog Ryan.

Ryan James
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Thanks Marinda!

Dave Mills
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Jess, you and Shad gave us hours of your wisdom, joy, and skills a bit over a year ago. You were the highlight of our Backroads tour of South Africa and Botswana. Talk about world-class humans: you’re one for sure. And so is Shad. Best of luck in your new position. Hope you’ll still be around in about five years so my grandson Henry (who’s now only four) can meet you.

Jess Boon
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Hi Dave,
Thank you! I am so glad to hear that. Shad says hi! I cant wait to meet Henry and see you back again!

Jill Jones
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Enjoyed meeting Jessica on the blog. I am 87. Reading is my joy. After reading Boyd’s book, Londolozi has flooded my brain and if I could, I would want to be a part of your fantastic world.
……..oh but I am, thanks to the pictures and blogs.

Ryan James
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You are what we affectionately call a “gogo” Jill. Thanks for reading the blog and please share your thoughts more often. I keeping asking Boyd when book number two is coming 😉

Curtis
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Congrats Jess! It was great meeting you earlier this year on our Babymoon. We were incredibly lucky to have you guide us!
-Curtis and Ryan

Jill Grady
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Great blog Ryan. What a wonderful life you have there at Londolozi Jess! I’m sure those years have flown by since 2007 and you have accomplished so much in that time.

David Boon
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Being Jess’s Uncle, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know her fairly well, watching her growth and development into the beautiful young person she is today.

My wife and I have also had the pleasure of visiting her and Duncan at Londolozi and have personally seen and experienced how she enriches people’s lives.

I think the real beauty of Jess is how she moulds her values off the life skills and experiences she has with the people she interacts with and with Africa itself.

She is at one with what she does… loves it… and as a result is very good at it.

She is a fantastic example of an awesome young generation that we can all be proud of.

Ryan James
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Amazing words. Agreed! Thanks for sharing.

Jess Boon
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Dave, Thank you! Those are very kind words! I am so lucky to have the family I do – like you, to learn from! xxx

James Tyrrell
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Jess, you’re going to change the world, one lovely smile at a time!

Jamo

Daniela Wingate
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I agree with James Tyrrell … you are one of the most beautiful beings I have ever had the pleasure of working with and knowing, Jess. Super inspiring and so wonderful to know that you are still so happily living your passion every day xxx

Anna
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So true.
Another thing about Jess, is that, not only does she have the ability to listen, she replies with wisdom, love and patience.
Thank you Jess

Gail Rolland
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John and I have had the pleasure of having you as our guide with Jeffrey Mhlongo in 2013. Your knowledge, kindness and enthusiasm remains with us today. You are a very special lady and we have grown in our appreciation of Africa by knowing you.
We were very sorry to have missed you on our visit this past March, but hopefully we can reconnect in 2017.
Our very best wishes for every success in your new career at Londolozi.

Jess Boon
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Gail, I am sad to have missed you but will definitely be here waiting to welcome you back into our village in 2017! love to you and John

Jo Lynne Jones
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Jess,
Fred and I always feel a closeness with you. You agree, the pull of Londolozi is about the world-class people it attracts. From the time Duncan assigned you to eat with us at TreeCamp in 2008 because we were educators, to sharing an evening ride with you and your aunt when we first went to Pioneer Camp in 2011., we were happy to be friends. So proud that the Montessori teacher had gone on to achieve Ranger! Congratulations to you and Duncan. We hope to see you every time we visit Londolozi – still my favorite destination in the world!

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