School talks

I have presented over one hundred schools in fifteen countries, including to audiences of over a thousand students. The multimedia presentation touches on a wide variety of themes in the curriculum – from physical geography to world cultures and global health to the media and includes award winning images and video to help tell my story. I can tailor the talk from half an hour to an hour (excluding time for questions), and for any group size and any age group. Participation is encouraged and Q&A at the end.

The key messages I aim to convey include:
  • The importance of travel as a way of forming your own worldview, and how the media can influence our perceptions.
  • The benefits and meaning of adventure / the thrill of getting out of your comfort zone.
  • Why the bicycle in particular is a great way to explore the world
  • The hidden and neglected public health problems of the developing world (for older students)
  • Taking risks
  • Sacrifice in the context of achieving goals
  • Breaking things down into manageable chunks
  • How to begin your own challenge or adventure
  • Creative ways to overcome obstacles and self-doubt
The logistics

All I require on the day is a computer with powerpoint and a remote if you have one, a projector, and audio (I will show a short video too).

If your school is interested in booking me to speak then please email me (cyclingthe6 at and we can discuss things further or arrange a time and date.

I am also happy to speak for free at schools without a budget to pay visiting speakers if I’m in the area, and I’m always keen to speak at schools for disadvantaged children, young offenders and youth groups.

What the teachers have said…

‘Dr Fabes captivated our students and faculty for 45 minutes in one of the best high school assemblies we have had over our 13 years.  I believe one of the long term results will be its challenge to be bold with your dreams!’ Jeff Woodcock, Principal of Oaks Christian High School, California.

‘Steve’s presentation involving photos and video was absolutely riveting, one could have heard a pin drop. He is a personable and engaging presenter, equally adept speaking with young people and adults and to any group size’ Mr Tim Bowen – Principal of Inaburra School, Sydney

‘Students and staff alike were delighted with Steve’s presentation – the magnificent photographs, extraordinary story, entertaining anecdotes and wonderful life messages to our students made for an enthralling assembly.’ Elizabeth Lenders – Principal, Kingswood College, Melbourne, Australia ‘Nothing could have been more aligned with my course objectives (as well as a host of California State Standards for the Social Sciences) than Steve’s presentation.  He is a natural teacher. I strongly recommend that you talk with Steve and you’ll quickly see why the kids get so much out of his presentation.’ Ed Cotter – World Studies teacher, Menlo Atherton School, California

‘I would thoroughly and unreservedly recommend Steve as a speaker for any audience.  His story in was remarkable – and I suspect it has got a whole lot more so over the past couple of years.’ Andrew Uglow, teacher at Cokethorpe School, UK ‘Dr. Stephen Fabes’ presentation kept our students engaged and enthralled. Wonderful and inspiring.’

Kathy Stock, Principal of Redeemer Lutheran College, Brisbane

“It’s a cliché to say a book or talk is life-changing, but I honestly believe that Stephen Fabes’s inspirational presentations will have changed many of our pupils’ lives – and probably some of the teachers’ lives as well! His message chimed perfectly with our school’s ethos of showing courage, resilience and resourcefulness in the face of challenges. His unforgettable photographs from across the world helped to reinforce Stephen’s lesson that the world is a bigger, and friendlier, place than we think.”

Thomas Wilde, Deputy Headmaster, Haileybury School, Almaty, Kazakhstan

“Stephen shared his amazing adventure with tremendous passion and enthusiasm. The students were totally captivated by his epic adventure across 6 continents over 6 years! A truly unique adventure delivered by a very impressive explorer.”

Paul Gooding, Head of Middle School, Abingdon School, Oxfordshire