Do you dare to dream?

Follow the inspirational journey of one Kiwi hot air balloon pilot daring to live his dream, and use his passion for flying to change the lives of children around the world. The Flying High for Kids World Balloon Project was launched in 2013 and aims to reach communities in over 100 countries by 2018.
    The balloon and project will be used to:
  • shine light on and encourage discussion of children's rights all around the world
  • engage children in cultural exchange and understanding by way of international postcard swap
  • bring joy to those visited, especially those who have never seen a balloon before
  • dare children to follow their dreams... No matter where they come from


The Idea Andrew Parker is the Creator and Project Director of the Flying High For Kids Project. He has had a strong desire to do a not-for-profit, international hot air balloon tour for a cause since he was in his early teens. He got in touch with UNICEF in 2010 and has been working towards this project since then.

Andrew Parker

Andrew is a commercial hot air balloon pilot from Hamilton, New Zealand. He has had an interest in balloons ever since he was six years old. He joined his local Hot Air Balloon Club when he was thirteen years old and started flying when he was sixteen. He achieved his Commercial Balloon Pilot’s Licence at the age of nineteen while living in Australia. He then went to Europe to fly, before buying a balloon business of his own just after his twentieth birthday. For the following six years, he spent time between New Zealand and Europe. Andrew then sold the business to pursue bigger challenges and spent the last few years flying and investigating balloon businesses in Russia, Brazil, France and Turkey. Andrew has visited 38 countries so far and has lived in Europe, Australia, Brazil, Russia and Turkey for varying lengths of time. He has travelled extensively through North and South America, Asia and Australasia.



Flying High For Kids World Balloon



The project was launched on the 9th of December, 2013 and will last for around four years. No project like this has ever been done before!

Zimbabwe, Botswana, and fun in Namibia

Conditions were perfect for flying; cool and calm. I drove over to the football field a couple of hundred metres away. One of the teachers turned up. He had ridden 5km on a dirt road on his push bike to get there, which would’ve been challenging in the dark. The Children in the Wilderness...

Zambia and Zimbabwe

Zambia’s Capital, Lusaka, has a different feel to a lot of other big cities I’ve visited in Africa. It was somewhat ordered and didn’t seem so crowded. Suburbs are fairly well defined between the rich and poor. It’s a reasonable size, but doesn’t feel huge. The central city isn’t big at all. At the...

Rwanda to Zambia 6 July – 1 August 2017

It was an easy couple of days in Rwanda’s Capital, Kigali, catching up on lots of things, such as planning and blog writing. I found a big carpark close to the airport, which acted as a good base. I left Kigali for the Akagera National Park. The road was easier than expected through the...
Kubicek Balloons have kindly sponsored the balloon for our project and will provide support through their worldwide dealer network.
DB Schenker will be helping our shipping needs in the Australasia area.
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A big thanks to our supporters who have donated their time, goods and services. The rest of the funding for the project comes directly from Project Director, Andrew Parker. He felt it important to not take funding away from UNICEF's crucial work. It is his way of sharing his passion for ballooning and helping bring a smile to kids' faces around the world.
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