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Sarah Begum - Immersive Investigative Journalist. Anthropologist-Explorer.

Abbi Naylor - Expedition Leader. Outdoor Instructor. Adventurer & Endurance Athlete who completed 30 challenges to celebrate turning 30 in 2018!

In 2010, Sarah's curiosity and thirst for adventure led to the greatest expedition of her life, becoming the youngest female Documentarian at 21 years of age to produce her first film in the Amazon Rainforest “Amazon Souls”. While over there for 2 weeks, Sarah lived with the Huaorani tribe, hunted with the warriors, gathered with the women and was initiated into their existence by marriage to a warrior, making her a Queen! Through this alliance Sarah continues to send out their message of protecting their land through her film and speaking work.

Sarah’s achievements include winning the “Spirit of Adventure Award” from the Captain Scott Society 2014 for her next big expedition, “Life In The Darien Gap”, shortlisted by the SES (Scientific Exploration Society) Explorer of the year Award 2014, Finalist of the National Geographic Explorer Award, Finalist of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship Award 2014, highly commended by The Adventure Fund in association with Sidetracked magazine. With an interest in ancient civilizations and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, Sarah has since been exploring the world, embarking on adventures and working on various film and humanitarian projects.

As a side project, after realising there was no hub for female explorers on or off screen, Sarah partnered with Russ Malkin from Big Earth to set up ‘The Adventuress Club’ – a platform to connect, share, empower and encourage women in the world of adventure.


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Show notes

  • Not knowing how do describe herself

  • Doing what she loves

  • How she defines herself

  • Not living a conventional lifestyle

  • Being inspired at 9 years old

  • Making her first film at 21

  • Being made a Queen

  • What life was like growing up

  • Her childhood and being the ‘black sheep’ of the family

  • Growing up in a conservation, Bengali, Muslim family

  • Being a fashion designer

  • Spending 16 months living with her grandparents in Bangladesh

  • What she learnt from that experience

  • Coming up against resistance

  • Proving people wrong

  • Without action there is no reaction

  • Feeling different from everyone else

  • Trying to prove herself constantly

  • Meeting the tribe for the first time

  • Hunting with the warriors

  • Living with the tribe for 2 weeks

  • Dealing with the language barriers

  • Getting use to being naked

  • The marriage ceremony

  • Heading back to the UK and adjusting to life afterwards

  • Finishing her final year at university

  • Deciding to become a journalist

  • Heading to the Atlas mountains

  • Learning to be open and understand of people who are different

  • Setting up - The Adventuress Club

  • Plans for 2019

  • Final words of advice and tips for you


Social Media

Twitter : @Sarah_Begum

Instagram : @sarahbegumtv

Facebook : @sarahbegumtv

The Adventuress Club

The Adventuress Club is here to inspire and empower women to live in the spirit of adventure.

Twitter : @AdventuressClub


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