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More than just a charity..

Our CEO & Founder Sam Oakes

At ATOVA we deliver the next generation of international development solutions. Programs designed by a global team of experts with over 150 years of combined experience in their fields.

But more than that, ATOVA is a culture, a way of thinking, we're not in it for the money. Our goal is to create a better world in which everyone has the confidence, and support to realise their innate potential for good.

Keep reading to learn all about our pioneering philosophy and the core values that make up the foundation of everything we do.

Samuel Oakes
CEO & Founder

Our Story

ATOVA's story begins with our CEO and founder Samuel Oakes, who embarked on a remarkable journey to make a positive impact on the world. His experiences spanned across various sectors, from collaborating with large-scale international NGOs on multiple continents to working directly with grassroots charities dedicated to environmental conservation. Through these endeavors, Samuel gained invaluable insights into the challenges faced by existing organizations. 

During his journey, two crucial lessons became clear: 

Firstly, the reliance on overseas aid as a primary funding source can leave charities vulnerable to external events such as pandemics, wars, and economic factors. Recognising the fragility of overseas aid budgets, we at ATOVA have developed a pioneering model that establishes a self-sustaining revenue stream. By breaking free from dependence on overseas aid or government funding, we ensure long-term stability and consistent development. 

Secondly, traditional reliance on public donations can create inconsistencies in funding levels over the medium to long term. This can limit an organisations ability to plan and execute sustainable projects and initiatives. ATOVA has taken a different path by running volunteer-led development programs. In doing so, we generate our own value and reduce the risk of inconsistent funding effecting our capacity to deliver high-quality programs within a long-term strategy. 

ATOVA has emerged as the vanguard of the next generation of international development. We have assembled a global team of experts who share a common vision and a fresh approach. Through our comprehensive range of environmental conservation and sustainable human development programs, meticulously designed by our experts and supported by our global community of volunteers, we are providing innovative, needs based solutions to address the greatest issues of our time. 

Join us on this extraordinary journey at ATOVA, where together we can create a better future for our planet and its inhabitants. With your passion, inspiration and drive, we can break down boundaries and become the change we want to see. Let's forge a path towards a sustainable future together! 

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Our Values

Our core values are at the center of everything we do. They are taught to every Atova team member and volunteer worldwide, and guide how we work and form relationships. Our values shape both what we do and how we do it.


We are steadfast in our commitment to what we believe is right, even if doing so requires us to venture beyond the confines of our comfort zones.

Respect for Others

Our fundamental belief that every living being on Earth deserves love and respect is the driving force behind all of our actions. It permeates every aspect of our work and inspires us to make a positive difference in the world.


We cultivate a deep sense of empathy and love towards all those we serve, whether it be our students, rural communities, wild animals, or the natural environments we strive to protect.


At ATOVA we maintain a steadfast commitment to doing what is right and just, and refraining from doing what is wrong and unjust. This requires a willingness to take responsibility for our own actions and choices, and to hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.


By upholding and embodying a mantra of self-discipline, our team is capable of achieving exceptional levels of excellence and delivering outstanding outcomes.


At the heart of our professional team lies a deep commitment to trust and loyalty. These values underpin our work and extend beyond our team to encompass the communities we serve and humanity as a whole. By valuing these principles, we create a sense of mutual respect and understanding that allows us to work together effectively and achieve our shared goals.

Selfless Committment

At ATOVA, we strive to inspire our participants to go above and beyond in their efforts to support our cause. As public servants, our primary mission is to work towards creating a better world for the people and communities we serve. Through our shared commitment to this goal, we aim to make a positive impact and effect meaningful change in the world around us.

Volunteer with us! 

Take a step out of your comfort zone and experience one of our life changing volunteer placements. It's time to realise your potential! 
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What makes ATOVA Special?

We provide the next generation of sustainable development solutions. Find out what makes us different.

Our Impact

Find out how our work impacts not only the natural world, and the communities we serve, but also our amazing volunteers! 
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