HEBE Adventures is named after the Greek God of Youth and pronounced "He-bee".
HEBE Adventures was started when we saw an opportunity to improve the traditional international learning experience.
Hebe Adventures is led by Rohan Perera and Robert Davitt, and the vision is to remove the barrier to travel for young learners everywhere. Hebe allows parents to connect directly with Host Families, which enables the children to meet with the host family prior to their travel, and gives that much needed peace of mind for both sides before any trip is finalised. Hebe is the Airbnb of Student Travel.
Clare Davitt (Robert's mum) began hosting international students as a way to help her four children experience other cultures. Becoming a host family in Ireland led to meeting new friends and broadening their horizons. It also didn't hurt that it was a nice way for a full-time mum to make some extra money for the family.
With 18 years of experience working in PR, Sales and Customer service in Coca Cola, an interest in Irish tourism, and extensive experience raising a family, Clare was in a unique position to rethink how kids from all over the world could experience new languages and cultures. Clare has been creating unique Home Stays for young international travellers since 2017.. Not focused merely on students, we help any young travellers find a home-away-from-home and experience different cultures in a truly immersive and safe manner.
She quickly realised, however, that the traditional systems didn't really work. Most international students had spent their time in dormitories or classrooms with a large number of other students from the same country. Welcoming a student into the home of a host family in Ireland was a much more immersive and rewarding experience for everyone involved. Clare started to then run her own coordination business.
Robert then built a database for Clare to help her manage all the incoming trips, be it for full immersion stays, summer camps in Ireland, academic stays or guardianships in Ireland. Other host families in Ireland also benefited from this system when upcoming trips were being organised.
Robert & Rohan partnered up to fulfill a new process of connecting parents and host families directly, from anywhere in the world, giving more transparency and control to Host Families and Parents everywhere. Hebe Adventure was born, and is now enabling this vision to become a reality, under the guidance and experience of Clare and Raomal Perera (serial entrepreneur and INSEAD professor).
When Rohan was 15, he went to stay with a Host Family in France, and although it was an incredible experience for him, it was an experience that could have been managed better. The agency they dealt with hadn't allowed his parents to be in contact with the Host Family before the trip so Raomal Perera (Rohan's dad) flew over to meet the family first to ensure they were a good fit. Not much has changed in the industry since then. Hebe is changing this.
We at Hebe want to give our Parents, and every Host Family in Ireland that peace of mind from the get go, so you don't need to worry about where your child is going, or who is coming to your home.
Now with over 1200 host families in Ireland, we're excited to provide young people from all over the world with a safe and unique way to experience new cultures.
The Hebe founding team has a mix of youth and experience and has many unique characteristics that exemplifies the power of diversity. Two families have come together with a mother/son and a father/son combination. Clare and Robert Davitt from Clane, Kildare along with Raomal (originally Sri Lanka) and Rohan Perera from Dublin.
Why don't you join us on our Hebe Adventure?