Jen Gurecki's journeys in Kenya began in 2005 as a graduate student conducting research on the socio-cultural barriers that women face in society. Her research inspired her to found Zawadisha, and she has since returned to Kenya many times to work with Zawadisha’s members across the country, to white water raft, and to summit the 16,000+ foot Mt. Kenya and snowboard the Lewis Glacier. 

She builds relationships and works exclusively with Kenyan companies and organizations to ensure that Zawadisha trips are truly supporting local Kenyans.

Jen has more than 10 years of experience guiding commercial and educational wilderness trips, holds a current Wilderness First Responder Certification, and has extensive background in group facilitation and risk management.