Language Connection it a youth run not for profit organisation that empowers language learners to improve their proficiency, make new friends and connect with community. The group has fifteen volunteers that run five weekly language exchanges in Australia and from 2012 Japan. Participants improve their language skills in English, Japanese, Korean, Chinese or Arabic, and make new friends.
Following his participation on the 23rd Ship the World Youth (2011), Dan founded SWY Microfinance, a lending group of ex-participants. Microfinance consists of lenders in developed countries offering low interest loans to small businesses in developing countries. The loan recipients are able to develop their business, improve the local economy and provide jobs. Lenders receive no interest, but receive their initial capital back, or can relend to the next project. In 2011 SWY Microfinance lent over US$6000 through 188 individual loan contributions. In 2012 the total amount lent is is projected to reach US$20,000.
Footbag 4 Fun (2007- 2011)
Footbag, otherwise known as Hackysack, is an exciting, fun sport which you can play by yourself or with friends. It’s taken Dan from overweight 12 year old to four-time Australian Footbag Champion, 7th at the World Championships in 2007, Australia’s Got Talent (2007), Saturday Disney (2008) and a Subway Commercial (2009). With the Footbag 4 Fun program Dan has taught over 10,000 students at over 50 schools all over Victoria, Australia.
Oaktree Foundation (2008-9)
Dan was the National team’s Communications Manager for the End Child Slavery Advocacy campaign in 2008. The year long campaign raised awareness about child slavery in the cocoa industry and was instrumental in giving confectioners the impetus to make more of their supply chains fair trade.