BCom, MBus (Otago)
I am: International Volunteer HQ Founder; 2014 New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year
I did: Management
Daniel Radcliffe’s two degrees from the University of Otago gave him the perfect skill-set to start and grow an international volunteer travel company.
Graduating with a BCom and a Master of Business (Management), Daniel says the “logistics and HR knowledge I developed has been incredibly helpful as I've built International Volunteer HQ, which places over 15,000 people into 35 different countries every year”.
Daniel formed the company after his own experiences in volunteer travel, aiming to create a company that provides people with volunteer work trips that are responsible, high quality and affordable. His work earned him New Zealand’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2014.
A year later, he represented New Zealand at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, where he was inducted into the World Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.
He had originally selected Otago for his study because of its reputation. “When I was at high school it was renowned as a place where you could work hard but also play hard. During my last year at high school, some of the boys in the year above me came home from Otago Uni in semester-break raving about Dunedin, so I locked it in.”
The reputation was deserved he says, the “flatting lifestyle was brilliant”.
“I had the same core group of flatmates for four years in Dunedin and we lived in various flats across the city. The wider Dunedin community was also really welcoming to us - we played rugby up at Kaikorai and mixing with the locals up there on a Saturday was always a highlight.”
“It’s difficult not to grow attached to Dunedin. The size of the student population relative to the total population of Dunedin makes the city a real university city. Everything is catered for the students, and 90% of the students live in a relatively small area around north Dunedin. It creates a great atmosphere and culture.”
Otago gave Daniel more than a great group of friends and two academic qualifications, however.
“The University provides an academic education, but it is the wider university life that develops you as a person, and allows you to use that education to be successful. I left Otago incredibly confident in myself, which allowed me to start a business with a global focus at a really young age. I don't know if I would have had the confidence to tackle the start-up of my business if I hadn't headed to Otago.
“To me, ‘Only Otago’ means a place where you can get a world class education, and most importantly have a great time doing it. A place that gives you friends for life, and the confidence through academic and social success to take on the world.”