Testimonials from around the World

People who have been inspired by d’Arcy and his Teaspoons of Change concept

d’Arcy has worked with thousands of young people around the world become true Global Citizens by inspiring them to work towards making real changes happen in order to combat the many problems facing us today. I, for one, can certainly say without a doubt that d’Arcy is the reason that I now live my life in a way that benefits this planet and the people that live on it.

Each time I meet d’Arcy I am reminded what it means to be human, and how the lives of others are far more important than our own.

16 Year Old Student

International Community School, Amman, Jordan

A little bit of Crocodile Dundee, a bit of Fred Hollows and a bit of Mary McKillop. And it’s that last bit that makes the difference. d’Arcy’s humility, hard work, boundless enthusiasm, hope, generosity and humanity are shared by many others, but his absolute joy at being granted the opportunity to share his life with the world’s downtrodden is extraordinary.

Peter Poulton

Rotarian and Justice of the Peace, The Rotary Foundation, Australia

d’Arcy is one of those rarest of people – a difference maker who has dedicated their lives to providing a stirring example of how one can leave a gentle footprint on the planet, how one can bring cultures together, how one can inspire children (and their parents) to live more selfless lives, how one can be inclusive in everything we do.

When I asked my eldest daughter what was d’Arcy’s main message when he spoke at her school in earthquake-ravaged Nepal, she said: “He taught us that one person could change the world.”

Rod Curtis

External Relations Coordinator, UNICEF, New York

On behalf of our School, I am extremely happy and motivated. We will definitely visit the Websites you have shared with us to enable us learn more and be educated on the concepts of teaspoons of change.

Rest-assured, we as St.Peter’s Wagai Secondary School from now hence, will be Ambassadors of Teaspoons of Change in Siaya, Western Kenya. We have also enlisted you and your dear girl friend’s names in our visitors’ book as our brother and sister stakeholders.

We are very happy to learn that you worked in Kapchorwa! Once again, you and your girl friend feel very free to visit and stay with us in our homes as you also interact with our students! You are highly welcome.

Let us be in touch more often as we share ideas in development.

Amos Odongo

Board Secretary , St.Peter's Secondary School, Wagai, Western Kenya

I’ve never before met someone so tireless and undaunted in the face of global challenges such as climate change, inequality and poverty. I’ve seen entire schools of hundreds of students addressed by d’Arcy and motivated by his passion to then pursue their own projects to make a difference. He’s exactly the sort of role model we need at a time when it could be all too easy to throw up our hands and walk away from the problems around us.

Jeremy Picone

RESULTS Australia

Over the last 5 years d’Arcy has helped the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation increase the impact of its work on polio and global health from Canada, to the UK, Kuwait, India, Sudan and Australia. He combines innovative approaches – like Teaspoons of Change and Polio Points – with a unique ability to connect with people.

d’Arcy is equally compelling and engaging whether talking to a 6-year-old about what being a ‘Global Citizen’ means, or a Minister responsible for making a funding decision related to saving kids’ lives.

Alexander Woollcombe

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

d’Arcy Lunn literally is a global educator. He has travelled across the globe and introduced over 50,000 school students to the values of global citizenship and personal contribution. He is a qualified teacher, who adores his craft but has chosen to devote his skills to taking children outside of their traditional curriculums and beyond their own borders. He encourages them to think about their interconnectedness and the impact they have on each other across the globe and make “teaspoons of change” every day.

I can’t speak more highly of d’Arcy and know that I speak here on behalf of many others that he regularly works with across schools, foundations and civil society to encourage young people to contribute to their community and their world.

Alison Bellwood

Director, The World’s Largest Lesson, UK

I have seen d’Arcy interacting with people from all walks of life, across ages and there is no one who has not gone back feeling empowered as a citizen of this planet.

d’Arcy has this unparalleled ability to make you feel like you can change the world. And once you set on the path to do so, you actually realize, that you indeed can.

Reha Bublani

Head – Training, Global Education & Leadership Foundation, India

d’Arcy  told me repeatedly that he didn’t want to be paid, and that he wouldn’t accept more than $2 a day in allowance for sustenance. He said that if the world’s poorest people could live off it, he could too. All the while, he was cycling around Australia, educating students and community groups about the role that we as citizens can play in ending extreme poverty by 2030. And he wasn’t just doing it for a few days, he was doing it for months. All because he believed that if we’re to engage fellow citizens in bigger than self issues, we need to meet them in their communities, and walk alongside them.

For me, this memory captures everything that makes d’Arcy such a remarkable advocate and educator. His commitment to living his beliefs, to humbly engage others in his journey, and his no nonsense approach to building community.

Simon Moss

Co-Founder, Global Poverty Project

d’Arcy doesn’t only look at the world through what good he can do for others, but more importantly to him, it’s about creating a more widely connected and peaceful global society. d’Arcy is a wonderful role-model to others and is always keen to listen, learn and grow with people side by side.

d’Arcy creates conversation wherever he goes. I know with the people and workplaces that have had d’Arcy in their lives he is not soon forgotten — he creates and keeps relationships all across the world.

Richard Fleming

Senior Online Campaigner, AVAAZ, Vancouver

d’Arcy is as inspirational in front of an audience as he is in conversation but never more than simply through the way he lives each day. If ever I am reflecting upon how I can be a better person, live a better life, or have a better impact on my local or global community, I ask myself, “what would d’Arcy do”.

Matthew Savage

Secondary Headteacher, International Community School, Amman, Jordan

d’Arcy has demonstrated his exceptional skills amongst the poorest peoples by delivering sustainable results through education, interactive learning, campaigning, advocacy and communication.

Euan Miller

Scholarships Chair & PHS Coordinator, The Rotary Foundation, Australia

d’Arcy is a humanitarian and educator changing lives everywhere he goes by inviting us to experience “Living Below the Line” and to do much more to better understand poverty.  His life experience and personal journey, full of risks, challenges and triumphs, definitely make him a leader and a pioneer that has had a positive impact on a wide range of people’s lives around the world.

Manon Lennon

Chair of the Polio Plus Committee, Rotary District 7040, Canada

d’Arcy is a one-man celebration of the human spirit and has a seemingly unlimited capacity for compassion, understanding, and good deeds. I believe another global explorer, Father Strickland, had someone like d’Arcy in mind when he said, “A man may do an immense deal of good, if he does not care who gets the credit for it.”

Joel Zaslofsky

Founder, SimpleRev, USA

d’Arcy’s international relationship skills are almost unmatched as he carries with him a vast array of international experiences, languages, customs and levels of understanding having spent many years working in aid and development.

d’Arcy sees the big picture of international harmony, equality, justice and social justice for all.  He gets in does the work with people and is always sharing it with others and building their capacity to empower themselves to then empower others.

Sheeba Afghani

Manager of Communications for Development, UNICEF, Uganda