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Overseas Staff

Projects Abroad offers unparalleled overseas back-up for our volunteers worldwide. We employ more than 600 staff who are there to help you settle in and support you throughout your stay.

In every destination we have a Country Director and a staffed office. The staff in our destinations have a wealth of local knowledge and all our Country Directors have received training in Britain or the US and understand the needs of our volunteers. They are available by day at the local office, or 24 hours a day by phone.

Please click on countries below to meet staff from that destination:

Africa Ethio pia | Ghana | Kenya | Madagascar | Morocco | Senegal | South Africa - Cape Town | South Africa - Conservation - Wild at Tuli | Tanzania | Togo
Asia Bangladesh | Cambodia | China | Laos | Mongolia | Nepal | Philippines | Sri Lanka | Thailand | Vietnam
Europe Romania
Latin America Argentina | Belize | Bolivia | Costa Rica | Ecuador | Jamaica | Mexico | Peru - Sacred Valley | Peru - Rainforest - Taricaya Research Centre
South Pacific Fiji | Samoa

Overseas Staff in Argentina

Silvina García - Office Assistant Silvina García
Office Assistant

Silvina was born in Cordoba, Argentina. In 2013 she gained a degree in English Translation. She worked as an English teacher for more than five years and as a secretary in a private school before joining Projects Abroad in March 2016. She has travelled to Chile, Uruguay, Ecuador and Brazil. In her free time she enjoys reading, watching films, making new friends and going to music festivals.

Santiago Morón - Volunteer Coordinator Santiago Morón
Volunteer Coordinator

Santiago joined Projects Abroad in June 2014. He is originally from Cordoba where he grew up but he also lived overseas for some years. He has a degree in International Business and Marketing but defines himself as a traveller. As an authentic Argentinean, he is passionate about football and also enjoys literature, music and playing the guitar.

Lalo Acosta Lera - Law and Human Rights Legal Coordinator Lalo Acosta Lera
Law and Human Rights Legal Coordinator

Lalo joined Projects Abroad in January 2015 and has a Law degree from the National University of Córdoba. He believes a better world is possible and therefore his work is focused on shaping and improving the lives of the underprivileged with our volunteers. During his spare time he enjoys being with his family, getting to know new cultures and people, practicing sports, looking for the last trends on social media, business and law, running, cooking and reading.

Mayca Balaguer - Law and Human Rights Legal Coordinator Mayca Balaguer
Law and Human Rights Legal Coordinator

Mayca was born in Neuquén, Argentina. She moved to Córdoba to study law and graduated with her degree in 2015. She then worked as a lawyer, focusing on women’s rights and gender issues, before joining Projects Abroad in June 2016. She also worked as a volunteer for many years, learning about different cultures and assisting with skills development. Mayca has travelled widely and enjoys cooking, reading, getting together with friends and attending cultural events.

Riyaad Herman - Volunteer Advisor Riyaad Herman
Volunteer Advisor

Riyaad joined Projects Abroad in February 2016 as a Volunteer Advisor. He was born and bred in Cape Town, South Africa where he completed his diploma in Business and Public Relations Management. He has travelled through parts of South Africa while doing volunteer work and enjoys going to rock music shows and festivals.

Christian Jadoul - Volunteer Advisor Christian Jadoul
Volunteer Advisor

Christian was born and raised in Belgium and studied Marketing Management in Brussels. He started working for Projects Abroad in April 2015 as a Volunteer Advisor. During his free time he enjoys playing rugby and spending time with friends.

Guillermo Alejandro Cogorno - Country Director Guillermo Alejandro Cogorno
Country Director

Guillermo was born in Cordoba and studied Business Administration at Cordoba National University. He joined Projects Abroad in December 2009. Guillermo has a wide range of international and educational work experience including teaching economic policy at Cordoba University and a post as the National President of AIESEC Argentina (International Association for Student Exchanges). He has also arranged student exchange programmes in Japan, France and the USA.

Victoria Marton - Law & Human Rights Program Manager Victoria Marton
Law & Human Rights Program Manager

Victoria was born in Cordoba, Argentina and studied at the National University of Cordoba. She gained a degree in Social Work in 2009. Since then she has been working on various projects educating and empowering teachers, students and families in regards to their rights. Victoria has traveled widely and enjoys having many friends from different countries and cultural backgrounds.

Natalia Mugas - Volunteer Coordinator Natalia Mugas
Volunteer Coordinator

Natalia joined Projects Abroad in January 2012. She is originally from Cordoba and has always lived in the city. She studied English at the School of Languages to become an English teacher and she has a degree in English Literature. Natalia loves teaching, traveling and being in contact with people of different ages. In her free time she meets up with friends, spends time with her family and also does some sports.

Candelaria Lanusse - Project Coordinator Candelaria Lanusse
Project Coordinator

Cande was born in Buenos Aires and has lived in many different parts of Argentina. She studied Public and Institutional Relations at university and has worked on several social programs, such as building homes for families who lived in extreme poverty or working with children with disabilities. She enjoys travelling.

Justine McCarthy - Volunteer Advisor Justine McCarthy
Volunteer Advisor

Justine joined Projects Abroad as the Volunteer Advisor for Argentina and Bolivia. She has lived in Cape Town, South Africa for most of her life and has recently received her Honors degree in Environmental and Geographic Science. She has traveled parts of Schengen Europe and worked on yachts in the Mediterranean for a year. She loves meeting new people, collecting music, outdoor adventures and experimenting in the kitchen.

Natalia Gomez - Volunteer Advisor Natalia Gomez
Volunteer Advisor

Natalia was born in Cordoba, Argentina. She gained a degree in Tourism in 2010 and since then has worked as tour guide, travel agent and receptionist. She enjoys cooking, reading, making new friends and going to music shows or festivals. She has worked and traveled through several countries in South and Central America. Natalia joined Projects Abroad in February 2014.

Overseas Staff in Bangladesh

Kyle Daniels -  Volunteer Advisor Kyle Daniels
Volunteer Advisor

Kyle joined Projects Abroad in 2015 as the volunteer advisor for Ecuador. Kyle studied Psychology at the University of the Western Cape. He is passionate about personal development and helping people realize their full potential. In his free time he loves to volunteer, read, run and spend time with friends.

Overseas Staff in Belize

Kristin Marin - Country Director Kristin Marin
Country Director

Kristin was born and raised in Belize. After studying Economics in the US, she moved to London to pursue a Master in Social Policy and Development. She enjoyed travelling Europe, South Africa, and Hong Kong during that year and hopes to see more of the world very soon! Kristin is passionate about criminal justice and aims for all the projects in Belize help to combat the root causes of violence in Belize.

Celso Cawich - Conservation Manager Celso Cawich
Conservation Manager

Celso has worked in marine conservation in Belize for the past eight years as a marine biologist for local NGOs and the national university. Celso Cawich graduated from the University of Belize with a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management. More recently, Celso pursued a Master’s degree in Marine Science from the University of the South Pacific. His Master’s degree was focused in the identification of shark nursery grounds in Fiji. He has extensive knowledge of Belize’s marine science programs and has played a crucial role in the development of national marine monitoring databases such as the Reef Fish Spawning Aggregation Database, the Turtle Database and the Coral Bleaching Database. Celso has also worked as a student volunteer trainer, teaching young students in Belize about regional marine research methodologies. In his spare time, Celso enjoys diving new sites, exploring Belize’s coastal islands and hiking the Maya Mountains.

Cora Guillen - Public Health Project Coordinator Cora Guillen
Public Health Project Coordinator

Cora was born and raised in Arizona, United States. She studied nursing at Mesa Community College and then at Grand Canyon University, and worked as a cardiac nurse before moving to San Pedro, Belize. Cora is passionate about healthcare, traveling, and the betterment of the community she lives in. Through Projects Abroad, she wants to better the San Pedro community with knowledge and healthcare that may not otherwise be available to the local people.

Ashty Dennison - Volunteer Coordinator Ashty Dennison
Volunteer Coordinator

Ashty is originally from Belize City, but has been living on the island of Ambergris Caye for about six years. She is a certified massage therapist and volunteer with the Belize Red Cross (San Pedro Branch), of which she is currently the Vice Chair and First Aid/CPR Instructor. She loves animals and learning new things in her spare time.

Inaam Manuel - Volunteer Advisor Inaam Manuel
Volunteer Advisor

Inaam joined Projects Abroad in January 2014 and is the Volunteer Advisor for Thailand, Vietnam and Belize. Previously, she studied Tourism and Event Management at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She has traveled to the Middle East and Asia. She is a bubbly and loving person, who looks forward to helping volunteers with their up and coming trips.

Imane Valsan - Volunteer Advisor Imane Valsan
Volunteer Advisor

Imane was born in France. After studying history and literature, she decided to travel to Africa. She is always interested in discovering something new and started working for Projects Abroad in July 2015 as a volunteer advisor.

Maria Fernanda Medina Beltran - Volunteer Advisor Maria Fernanda Medina Beltran
Volunteer Advisor

Maria was born in Colima, but has lived in many cities throughout Mexico. After studying international relations in Guadalajara, she worked at various NGOs and educational institutions before joining Projects Abroad in 2016. She loves spending time with animals and painting.

Overseas Staff in Bolivia

Carmen Herbas - Country Director Carmen Herbas
Country Director

Carmen has worked with Projects Abroad since 2003 and took over as the Country Director in June 2011. Originally from La Paz, Carmen moved to Cochabamba with her parents and brothers in 1998. Carmen is a graduate of the Linguistics Department of UMSS and enjoys spending her free time reading and with her son, Adrian.

Ximena Noya - Deputy Director Ximena Noya
Deputy Director

Ximena began working with Projects Abroad in 2004, assisting in everything imaginable! Born in Cochabamba, Ximena has also lived in Argentina. She has completed her studies at the UMSS, also in Linguistics and Communications. Ximena thoroughly enjoys listening to her "walkman" while riding buses out to supervise volunteers at their placement! She also enjoys photography and traveling.

Freddy Mita - Care Project Supervisor Freddy Mita
Care Project Supervisor

Freddy was born in Potosi. He has worked supporting social projects involving abandoned children or children with special needs since 2003. He is a specialist in Braille and sign language. Freddy loves to play sports such as soccer, basketball and volleyball. He is a gifted musician and plays the guitar, charango and flute. He joined Projects Abroad in May 2008 as Care Supervisor and is always full of exciting new ideas for volunteers.

Rocio Triveno - Medical Project Supervisor Rocio Triveno
Medical Project Supervisor

Rocio has been working with Projects Abroad since May 2010. She is a qualified nurse and enjoys her profession very much. Rocio has worked at one of Projects Abroad's Care placements, María Cristina, for over a year. She previously worked as a nurse in various health centers so she has plenty of experience in the field. Rocio has two children and enjoys sporting activities as well as volunteering her time to help others.

Justine McCarthy - Volunteer Advisor Justine McCarthy
Volunteer Advisor

Justine joined Projects Abroad as the Volunteer Advisor for Argentina and Bolivia. She has lived in Cape Town, South Africa for most of her life and has recently received her Honors degree in Environmental and Geographic Science. She has traveled parts of Schengen Europe and worked on yachts in the Mediterranean for a year. She loves meeting new people, collecting music, outdoor adventures and experimenting in the kitchen.

Gabriela Estrada - Volunteer Advisor Gabriela Estrada
Volunteer Advisor

Gabriela was born in Guadalajara, she has a degree in Foreign Languages. She has worked as an English teacher and translator for several years and she joined the Projects Abroad team in 2016. She loves spending time with her family and friends, reading, going to concerts and cultural events. Gabriela has had the opportunity to travel through South America and Western Europe.

Overseas Staff in Cambodia

Ouk Keobuntheang - Country Director Ouk Keobuntheang
Country Director

‘Buntheang’ joined the Projects Abroad team in May 2014. Since 2006, he worked for the US Peace Corps and VSO and gained a lot of experience working in international volunteering organisations. In 2012, he graduated with a Master’s degree in Management from the National University of Management. In his free time, Buntheang enjoys traveling around Cambodia and overseas. He also likes playing ping-pong with his colleagues and friends.

Janusz Drag - Deputy Director Janusz Drag
Deputy Director

Janusz joined Projects Abroad Nepal in June 2012 and later worked in Tanzania as an office manager. He recently joined the team in Cambodia as the deputy country director. Janusz is originally from Poland and he has traveled to China, India, South-East Asia and Australia. He has a Master's degree in Ukrainian Language and Bachelor's degree in International Tourism Management.

Phealay Pich - Office Assistant Phealay Pich
Office Assistant

Phealay was born in Battambang Province, Cambodia and graduated from Beltei International University with a degree in English literature. He worked as an English teacher at Beltei International School for three years before joining Projects Abroad in May 2016. Phealay enjoys working with people and studying in his free time.

Piseth Nut - Teaching, Human Rights and Journalism Project Coordinator Piseth Nut
Teaching, Human Rights and Journalism Project Coordinator

Piseth was born in Svay Rieng Province, Cambodia. He has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from IIC University of Technology, and also studied law and public affairs at Paññásástra University of Cambodia. He has a background in teaching and spent time working at Legal Aid in Cambodia, as well as the Ministry of Rural Development. Piseth joined Projects Abroad as a general assistant and was promoted to Teaching, Human Rights and Journalism project coordinator in 2016.

Rady Phea - Public Health Project Coordinator Rady Phea
Public Health Project Coordinator

Rady joined Projects Abroad in July 2016 as a public health project coordinator. He has a bachelor’s degree in general medicine and is completing his doctor’s degree at Cambodia’s International University. Rady loves helping people by educating them on community health, and previously worked at an organisation that offered health consultations. He also enjoys travelling, meeting new people, reading books, watching movies, listening to music and going out with friends.

Pun Sothea - Micro-finance Loan Officer Pun Sothea
Micro-finance Loan Officer

Pun was born in Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia and graduated from Asia Euro University in Phnom Penh with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. He previously volunteered before joining Projects Abroad as a project intern in May 2015. Pun now works as the Micro-finance loan officer.

Sitha Phap - Volunteer Coordinator Sitha Phap
Volunteer Coordinator

Sitha was born in West Cambodia, and is a qualified teacher. He taught secondary school and high school for a few years before travelling to north east Cambodia with a group of Australian students who were doing research on indigenous land grabbing and human rights abuse. He later worked as a food and beverage supervisor in the hospitality industry, and as a senior HR/social compliance officer and assistant project manager at a garment factory. Sitha joined Projects Abroad in 2016.

Emmanuel Pousse - Volunteer Advisor Emmanuel Pousse
Volunteer Advisor

Emmanuel joined Projects Abroad in 2014 as a Volunteer Advisor for Cambodia and Mongolia. Originally from France, Emmanuel has traveled extensively. He is a classically trained musician, having studied lyrical singing in France. He has a keen interest in people, different cultures and activities. Emmanuel enjoys playing sports, socialising with his friends and spending time with his Mosotho wife, Mpho.

Clem van der Merwe - Volunteer Advisor Clem van der Merwe
Volunteer Advisor

Clem was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. With a creative and musical background and having previously worked in the film industry, he craved something more and stumbled upon Projects Abroad. Since then has been the Volunteer Advisor for Cambodia. He enjoys performing music live and growing his life in all areas.

Natalia Gomez - Volunteer Advisor Natalia Gomez
Volunteer Advisor

Natalia was born in Cordoba, Argentina. She gained a degree in Tourism in 2010 and since then has worked as tour guide, travel agent and receptionist. She enjoys cooking, reading, making new friends and going to music shows or festivals. She has worked and traveled through several countries in South and Central America. Natalia joined Projects Abroad in February 2014.

Has Sophourn - Volunteer Coordinator Has Sophourn
Volunteer Coordinator

Phourn, as he is known, joined the Projects Abroad team in July 2008. He has a degree in French and has worked as a French, English and IT teacher. Phourn speaks fluent French and will be working closely with the French volunteers in Cambodia. In his free time he enjoys running and swimming and he is trained classical and traditional singer.

Robert Hughes - Project Manager Robert Hughes
Project Manager

Robert has been a SCUBA Diver for more than half his life and loves nothing more than sharing his passion for the underwater world with anyone who will listen. At university he pursued a Marine Science degree and has been a SCUBA Instructor for nearly ten years. He hopes to use his time at the project to help both volunteers and local people alike to preserve the wonderfully diverse Coral Reef Ecosystem in Cambodia.

OL Sokethya - Khmer Project Coordinator OL Sokethya
Khmer Project Coordinator

OL Sokethya joined Projects Abroad in December 2014 as Khmer Project Coordinator. Previously, he has worked for the United Peace Corps in Cambodia and Australia Volunteer International. He has a Bachelor’s degree in English and is currently busy completing his MBA. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, experiencing new cultures and playing sports.

Ek Thysokhem - Medical Project Coordinator Ek Thysokhem
Medical Project Coordinator

Ek joined Projects Abroad in November 2014. She has been working as a volunteer translator for Global Health Outreach and Home Christian Fellowship since 2010. She is currently doing her Doctorate in Pediatrics at the International University in Phnom Penh. Ek likes to help the community by taking patients to the hospital for their treatments. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading books and singing.

Khin Amara - Medical Project Assistant Khin Amara
Medical Project Assistant

Amara joined Projects Abroad Cambodia in June 2015. She is a qualified nurse and recently finished a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education. She enjoys meeting new people and loves shopping, trying new food and listening music.

Pat Morokat - Care Coordinator Pat Morokat
Care Coordinator

Pat is the Care Coordinator for Cambodia. She has a Master’s degree in Economics and Management and studied at the Royal University of Law and Economics in Cambodia, as well as the University Lumiere Lyon 2. Pat enjoys spending time with her family and friends; she also likes working with volunteers from all over the world.

Roger Bruget - Conservation Project Manager Roger Bruget
Conservation Project Manager

Roger started as a volunteer on the Marine Conservation project in Thailand in January 2013 and that’s where his passion for diving started. Later, he freelanced for the Projects Abroad Cambodia for almost a year until he became the Conservation Project Manager and is excited to help this project flourish. He is an avid underwater photographer and is looking forward to exploring the Cambodian seas.

Laurel Mackinnon - Deputy Conservation Project Manager Laurel Mackinnon
Deputy Conservation Project Manager

Laurel has always been passionate about the ocean. Having grown up on an island, it was always close to her heart. She decided to learn to scuba dive after obtaining her Bachelor of Science at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. She knew she had to help conserve and preserve the oceans for future generations, which led her to take a Dive Master and Marine Conservation internship in Madagascar. She is excited to start her marine conservation career with Projects Abroad and looks forward to helping the effort to conserve the beauty of the Cambodian coastline.

Remy Ouellet - Marine Biologist & Dive Master Remy Ouellet
Marine Biologist & Dive Master

Remy first started as a volunteer with Projects Abroad when he joined the Conservation project in Peru, followed by the Shark Conservation project in Fiji in 2014. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from University of Queensland in 2014. He is looking forward to pursuing his career in Marine Biology at the Cambodia Conservation project.

Sea Sorn - Conservation Coordinator and Base Manager Sea Sorn
Conservation Coordinator and Base Manager

Sea was born and raised on Koh Sdach Island in Cambodia. He joined Project Abroad as Base Camp Manager and is responsible for coordinating logistics, community relations, maintaining equipment, and teaching Khmer culture to volunteers and staff. Sea is an advanced open water diver and wants to become a divemaster in the near future. He loves the marine environment, volunteering and looks forward to showing volunteers his home.

Tha Bo - Conservation Boat Captain Tha Bo
Conservation Boat Captain

Tha joined Projects Abroad as Boat Captain. He has lived on Koh Sdach Island for over 20 years and in that time has worked as a fisherman. He enjoys taking volunteers to the best dive sites in the Koh Sdach archipelago. Tha loves to smile and make people happy.

Sokmeng Heng - Conservation Project Assistant Sokmeng Heng
Conservation Project Assistant

Sokmeng joined Projects Abroad as Conservation Project Assistant in December 2014. He was born in Koh Sdach, Cambodia. Sokmeng recently completed his final year of school and is currently learning English with a local teacher. Sokmeng is passionate about protecting the ocean, enjoys swimming and would love to learn how to dive in the near future.

Overseas Staff in China

Elaine Gao - Country Director Elaine Gao
Country Director

Elaine joined Projects Abroad in February 2012. She grew up in southwest China and has done many voluntary jobs to help poor students in her hometown. She enjoys communicating with volunteers and helps them experience cultural differences. Elaine spends most of her spare time traveling around southwest China sightseeing and hunting for delicious food.

Teddy Lee - Operations Manager Teddy Lee
Operations Manager

Teddy is a Shanghai local and has worked for Projects Abroad for more than three years. He loves to learn about different cultures and meet people from around the world. His hobbies include jogging and traveling.

Wendy Wei - Administrator Wendy Wei
Administrator

Wendy has been working in the Shanghai office for several years. She is in charge of all the accounts, arranging the food and transport allowance and is also involved in allocating volunteers to their accommodation.

Lily Zhang - Accommodation Supervisor Lily Zhang
Accommodation Supervisor

Born and raised in Shanghai Lily is in charge of finding our volunteers comfortable flats to live in during their time in Shanghai. She is also a jack-of-all-trades and can fix anything from a blocked toilet to a broken light bulb!

Christos Constantinides - Volunteer Advisor Christos Constantinides
Volunteer Advisor

Born in South Africa and raised in Cyprus, Christos obtained his degree in International Relations from the University of Essex. In late 2013, he moved to South Africa and joined Projects Abroad in May 2014 as the Volunteer Advisor for China, Moldova and Sri Lanka. He has traveled through most of Europe and certain parts of Africa and Asia. He enjoys football, writing and has been involved in volunteering for over four years.

Claudia Arendse - Volunteer Advisor Claudia Arendse
Volunteer Advisor

Claudia joined Projects Abroad in October 2013. She was born and raised in Cape Town, where she graduated at Cape Peninsula University of Technology with a National Diploma in Tourism Management. She is passionate about working with and meeting different people from different cultures. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, traveling domestically and exploring new places.

Chrisan Liu - Volunteer Coordinator Chrisan Liu
Volunteer Coordinator

Chrisan is an English major from Shanghai, where he has lived for over five years. He is always happy to help people learn more about Shanghai and, in his spare time, loves watching movies, reading books and playing sports.

Lucy Pei - Volunteer Coordinator Lucy Pei
Volunteer Coordinator

Lucy joined the Projects Abroad team in March 2015. Previously, Lucy worked as a website designer. She is comfortable working in an English speaking environment and loves the diversity of different cultures. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys swimming, running and traveling.

Bing Hua Liu - Volunteer Coordinator Bing Hua Liu
Volunteer Coordinator

Bing is from Xi’an, an old city in China with a long history. She loves travelling and learning about different cultures, and has been to the US and a few countries in Southeast Asia. She had a lot of help during her travels so she enjoys supporting others while they do the same. Bing has been working for Projects Abroad since 2014. In her free time she likes shopping, walking around the city, and hanging out with friends.

Overseas Staff in Costa Rica

Luis Arguedas - Country Director Luis Arguedas
Country Director

Luis joined Projects Abroad in July 2006 and has both Canadian and Costa Rican citizenship. Luis speaks English, French and Spanish and before joining the Costa Rica team he worked at the National University of Costa Rica teaching tourism and business administration. In his free time Luis enjoys going to the beach, cycling, watching movies and playing the saxophone.

Daniel Segura - Project Supervisor Daniel Segura
Project Supervisor

Daniel joined Projects Abroad in May 2014. In addition to working full-time, he is currently studying the Management and Protection of Natural Resources at the Distance University of Costa Rica and Business Administration at Fidelitas University. In his free time he loves to read, cook, listen to music and spend time with his family.

Jessica Brenes - Interlocutor Jessica Brenes
Interlocutor

Jessica joined the Costa Rica team in April 2011 and is originally from Heredia. She has a degree in Tourism and previously worked as a receptionist and telephone operator before working for Projects Abroad. During her free time she enjoys going to the beach, listening to music and going shopping.

Marcela Esquivel - Volunteer Coordinator Marcela Esquivel
Volunteer Coordinator

Marcela joined the Costa Rica team in January 2014. She was born and raised in Heredia and studied Pre-School Education and English. She has many years’ experience in customer service and loves working with and getting to know different people. During her free time, Marcela loves singing and spending time with her family.

Lee Steenbergen - Communications Officer Lee Steenbergen
Communications Officer

Lee joined the Costa Rica team in June 2014 after working as a freelance photographer in the United States. Following her graduation in 2011 with degrees in Fine Arts and Communications, she spent a year doing photography for a magazine in Córdoba, Argentina, followed by a year of trekking and traveling around South America, Asia and Europe. A certified ESL instructor, she has a passion for languages and in her free time she enjoys exercising and exploring the outdoors.

Anthony Ruiz - Conservation Manager Anthony Ruiz
Conservation Manager

Anthony joined the Costa Rica team in June 2012, after working for two years at another National Park in Costa Rica. He studied Sustainable Tourism at the National University in Nicoya, and also studied Management of Natural Resources in the Distance University of Costa Rica. Anthony is involved in the daily work arrangements for volunteers and the long term planning of the project. In his free time he likes reading books and scuba diving.

Oscar Rosales - Conservation Coordinator Oscar Rosales
Conservation Coordinator

Oscar previously worked at Barra Honda for 8 years as a cave guide. Since March 2009 he has been working directly with Projects Abroad in the park. With his amazing local knowledge of the park he is able to answer any questions you may have. He also knows the people in the surrounding area very well, so is always helpful in organising work and trips out of the park.

Eduardo Artavia - Biologist Eduardo Artavia
Biologist

Eduardo is from San Jose and studied Management of Natural Resources at the National University in Athenas. He is currently finishing his degree with the State University of Long Distance Learning. He worked on and off at Barra Honda National Park since the start of 2008 doing investigations and studies for his university course. The main focus of Eduardo's degree is bats. He enjoys that his job allows him to teach enthusiastic people about the wonders that are all around us here in Costa Rica.

Meicel Gomez - Conservation Project Cook Meicel Gomez
Conservation Project Cook

Meicel has been working in kitchens most of her life and is a very talented cook. She is always happy to provide something special or different to the volunteers and is always around to help out if a volunteer has a problem or just wants a chat.

Overseas Staff in Ecuador

William Puga Vasquez - Country Director William Puga Vasquez
Country Director

William was born in the Galapagos on the island of San Cristobal. He has worked with volunteers for more than 15 years and has worked for various organizations, such as the Galapagos National Park. Besides being the Director for Projects Abroad Ecuador, he is also the town’s councilor for San Cristobal Municipality and has spent many years improving the local education system through government and community programs. William enjoys swimming and hiking in his spare time.

Carolina Lopez - Office Assistant Carolina Lopez
Office Assistant

Carolina joined the Projects Abroad team in 2016. After school, she studied environmental administration at San Francisco University in Galapagos. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with young people, and learning from them as well. During her free time, Carolina enjoys singing.

Daniela Silva - Volunteer Coordinator Daniela Silva
Volunteer Coordinator

Daniela has been working for Projects Abroad since 2012 and was born on the island of San Cristobal. She studied business administration at the University of San Francisco. Daniela loves outdoor activities and is the volunteer coordinator for Projects Abroad Galapagos.

Jessica Pacheco - Volunteer Advisor Jessica Pacheco
Volunteer Advisor

Jessica joined Projects Abroad in September 2015 as a volunteer advisor for Ecuador, Mexico and Nepal. She was born in Xalapa, Mexico and now lives in Guadalajara. She studied psychology. In her free time she enjoys traveling and hopes to one day travel all around the world, meeting new people and experiencing other cultures.

Kyle Daniels -  Volunteer Advisor Kyle Daniels
Volunteer Advisor

Kyle joined Projects Abroad in 2015 as the volunteer advisor for Ecuador. Kyle studied Psychology at the University of the Western Cape. He is passionate about personal development and helping people realize their full potential. In his free time he loves to volunteer, read, run and spend time with friends.

Jenny Quijozaca - Care, Art and Sport Project Coordinator Jenny Quijozaca
Care, Art and Sport Project Coordinator

Jenny joined the Projects Abroad team in August 2016. She graduated as a marine ecologist and loves playing with children, enjoying nature and dancing during her free time.

Jose Luis Criollo - Conservation Deputy Coordinator Jose Luis Criollo
Conservation Deputy Coordinator

Jose joined Projects Abroad in January 2016. He studied tourism and hospitality and then worked in the tourism industry for several years. He has a passion for conservation and environmental care, and enjoys playing sport and spending time in the countryside during his spare time.

Ramiro Adrian Agea - Conservation Project Coordinator Ramiro Adrian Agea
Conservation Project Coordinator

Ramiro joined Projects Abroad in April 2016. He has a degree in environmental communication and has experience in technical, environmental management and conservation. Over the years, he has worked with the Galapagos National Park, WWF, Be Shepherd and several other conservation and environmental management organisations. Ramiro is motivated by the opportunity to develop projects that benefit Galapagos and its people, and appreciates the work of those committed to the environment. He is constantly reading, and learning more about the means and ways of living. He has a keen interest in biology and a love for nature and the planet.

Ariel Garcia - Conservation Project Assistant Ariel Garcia
Conservation Project Assistant

Ariel moved to San Cristobal two years ago from Isabela Island. In his free time he likes to jog, swim and is passionate about taekwondo, boxing and jiu-jitsu. Ariel joined the conservation team in March 2014.

Overseas Staff in Ethiopia

Minassie Alemayehu - Country Director Minassie Alemayehu
Country Director

Minassie joined Projects Abroad in January 2014. He graduated from Addis Ababa University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Before joining Projects Abroad, Minassie worked as a teacher at an international school, a social worker and, most recently, a program manager at a charity helping orphans living with HIV. In his spare time, Minassie enjoys reading and watching football.

Abera Mengistu - Project Supervisor Abera Mengistu
Project Supervisor

Abera joined Projects Abroad in May 2014 as the Project Supervisor for Ethiopia. He has a degree in Resource Management and Environmental Protection, as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Abera has worked in different organizations as a project officer, training coordinator and has also been a lecturer. In his spare time he enjoys reading the newspaper, listening to music and going to the gym.

Freweine Melkamu - Volunteer Coordinator Freweine Melkamu
Volunteer Coordinator

Weini started working for Projects Abroad in April 2009. Before become a Volunteer Coordinator, she was the Desk Officer for nearly five years. Before she started working at Projects Abroad, Weini lived in Italy and Norway for five years. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Bharati Vidiyapeeth, Pune, India.

Imane Valsan - Volunteer Advisor Imane Valsan
Volunteer Advisor

Imane was born in France. After studying history and literature, she decided to travel to Africa. She is always interested in discovering something new and started working for Projects Abroad in July 2015 as a volunteer advisor.

Gabriela Estrada - Volunteer Advisor Gabriela Estrada
Volunteer Advisor

Gabriela was born in Guadalajara, she has a degree in Foreign Languages. She has worked as an English teacher and translator for several years and she joined the Projects Abroad team in 2016. She loves spending time with her family and friends, reading, going to concerts and cultural events. Gabriela has had the opportunity to travel through South America and Western Europe.

Overseas Staff in Fiji

Ines Mariani - Operations Manager Ines Mariani
Operations Manager

Ines joined Projects Abroad in April 2007. She lives in Cordoba where she is studying tourism. She likes meeting people from all over the world and loves traveling. In her free time she enjoys being with friends, having barbecues with her family, reading novels and watching movies.

Karishma Nandan - Acting Country Director Karishma Nandan
Acting Country Director

Karishma was born and raised in Nadi, but moved to Suva to complete her studies. She joined the Projects Abroad team in May 2011. She takes care of the teaching projects and aims at maintaining a high level of satisfaction from project partners and volunteers. Karishma's role also includes conducting placement introductions and organizing work for community projects. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marine Science and in her spare time enjoys reading, socializing, science and music.

Irene Lily - Project Coordinator Irene Lily
Project Coordinator

Lily worked for Projects Abroad in Fiji during the summer of 2011 before taking up the role full time in August 2012. She looks after the Animal Care Projects in Nadi, designs the High School Special program and customizes projects for special groups. She is also responsible for making sure volunteer de-briefing forms are completed and works closely with volunteers. Lily loves to socialize and therefore enjoys the company of others.

Mere Gaunavou - Project Coordinator Mere Gaunavou
Project Coordinator

Mere joined the Nadi team in March 2012 after working in the tourism industry for 22 years. She looks after the Care and Community Projects in Nadi. Mere previously studied Child Development in Belgium for four years. Her main responsibilities include liaising with volunteers, placements and hosts on a daily basis and she deals with volunteers’ visas.

Makereta Ligaiviu - Administrative Assistant Makereta Ligaiviu
Administrative Assistant

Makereta joined Projects Abroad in February 2013. She has a background in office administration and human resource management. She was born and raised in Suva, Fiji and loves meeting new people and learning about new cultures and lifestyles. Makereta enjoys gardening and baking and has to two daughters whom she loves very much.

Maika Raisilisili - Project Coordinator Maika Raisilisili
Project Coordinator

Maika is the Projects Coordinator in Fiji and looks after the Community, Sports and Animal Care Projects. Originally from Tailevu, Maika’s family traveled around Fiji as a Methodist missionary for more than 30 years and they have currently settled in Lautoka. Maika loves the village life, socializing and making new friends. He’s passionate about working with volunteers and sees his role as an opportunity to learn more about the different cultures of the world and also a chance to share the friendly Fijian experience.

Ron Ronetava - Conservation Director Ron Ronetava
Conservation Director

Ron is based at the Shark Conservation Project in Pacific Harbour. He looks forward to meeting volunteers from all over the world. He was previously employed as a researcher for the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons and Greenpeace. He was also a project manager for Calpoly, a university in the USA. Ron is a fish warden with the Ministry of Fisheries, loves the outdoors and participating in different sports. He is passionate about conservation because as John James Audubon eloquently puts it, “A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children”.

Gauthier Mescam - Volunteer Staff Gauthier Mescam
Volunteer Staff

Gauthier joined Projects Abroad as Lead Scientist. He is originally from France and have been obsessed with the ocean and sharks since a young boy. Gauthier completed his Master’s degree in Marine Biology and Ecology in 2014, doing his capstone on the Great White Shark in South Africa. Previously, Gauthier volunteered with Projects Abroad in Asia and South America and is proud to have joined the Fijian team for the first year anniversary of the Shark Conservation Project. Gauthier is an experienced diver and is planning on becoming an instructor very soon.

Sydney Shier - Volunteer Staff Sydney Shier
Volunteer Staff

Sydney comes from Alberta, Canada and loves to travel. She has had a passion for marine biology and conservation since her first visit to the Vancouver Aquarium as a child. Since then, she has obtained her BSc, Major in Biology with a focus in Ecology and Microbiology from Vancouver Island University. She is also a certified PADI dive instructor. Previously, she volunteered on the Fiji Shark Conservation project and is very excited to have joined the Projects Abroad team.

Kristian Miles - Volunteer Staff Kristian Miles
Volunteer Staff

Kristian is originally from Wales and is a passionate conservationist. He has a Master's degree in Environmental Biology and Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology. Whilst working on a marine conservation project in Cambodia for seven months, he became a divemaster. Following that he moved to Fiji to manage a marine conservation project for two years, in the process taking time out to become a dive instructor. Kristian joined Projects Abroad in March 2015 and enjoys every aspect of his work on the Shark Conservation project.

Maria Fernanda Medina Beltran - Volunteer Advisor Maria Fernanda Medina Beltran
Volunteer Advisor

Maria was born in Colima, but has lived in many cities throughout Mexico. After studying international relations in Guadalajara, she worked at various NGOs and educational institutions before joining Projects Abroad in 2016. She loves spending time with animals and painting.

Justine McCarthy - Volunteer Advisor Justine McCarthy
Volunteer Advisor

Justine joined Projects Abroad as the Volunteer Advisor for Argentina and Bolivia. She has lived in Cape Town, South Africa for most of her life and has recently received her Honors degree in Environmental and Geographic Science. She has traveled parts of Schengen Europe and worked on yachts in the Mediterranean for a year. She loves meeting new people, collecting music, outdoor adventures and experimenting in the kitchen.

Overseas Staff in Ghana

Emmanuel Abaaja - Country Director Emmanuel Abaaja
Country Director

Emmanuel took over as Director in Ghana in March 2012. He joined Projects Abroad back in 2002 after completing his national service as a teacher. Emmanuel was Regional Manager of the Akuapem Hills for 8 years from 2004. Emmanuel holds a BSc from Legon University in Accra. He is a very active member of his local church and a proud father to his two daughters.

Grant Appiah - Regional Manager - Cape Coast Grant Appiah
Regional Manager - Cape Coast

Our Cape Coast Regional Coordinator is 28-year-old Grant Appiah. Grant grew up in Cape Coast, and holds a BSc in Tourism from the town's University. He joined the Projects Abroad team in May 2003, and established many of the placements we now operate in this region. Grant meets all volunteers on arrival in Cape Coast and will then show you around the town on your induction.

Kwame Nyameror (Nyame) - Volunteer Coordinator Kwame Nyameror (Nyame)
Volunteer Coordinator

Kwame Nyameror, or Nyame as he is usually known has many duties including meeting volunteers at the airport and accompanying volunteers from Accra to the region where they will be living. He has also become our unofficial Twi teacher, and is always a smiling face around the Accra office.

Rebecca Abuaku - Accounts and Administration Manager Rebecca Abuaku
Accounts and Administration Manager

Rebecca is based in our Head Office in Accra. She is responsible for all the accounts and administrative work generated by our Ghana program. She grew up in Accra and holds a degree Accounting and Management from a local university in Cape Coast. She used to work with an NGO as Human Resource Manger before joining Projects Abroad in January 2007.

Rhoda Omari - Projects Advisor Rhoda Omari
Projects Advisor

Rhoda joined Projects Abroad in January 2013 and is currently the Projects Advisor in Ghana. She studied English and Spanish at the University of Ghana, and although born and bred in Ghana, Rhoda has also spent 3 months studying in Spain and a year studying in Cuba, so she is well placed to understand what it’s like to live in a foreign country and adapt to a different culture.

Regional Manager - Akuapem Hills - Regional Coordinator – Akuapem Hills Regional Manager - Akuapem Hills
Regional Coordinator – Akuapem Hills

Princeley holds a Higher National Diploma in Tourism from the Cape Coast Polytechnic. He is responsible for all the placements and volunteers in the Akuapem Hills.

Fynn Kusi Adjei - Regional Manager - Accra Fynn Kusi Adjei
Regional Manager - Accra

Fynn holds a first degree in Geography and Resource Development from University of Ghana, Legon- Accra. He is responsible for all the placements and volunteers in Accra. He has been working with Projects Abroad since November 2008.

Edward Tetteh - Law & Human Rights Program Manager Edward Tetteh
Law & Human Rights Program Manager

Edward helped set up our Human Rights office and is our program manager there. He is responsible for the running and management of all Human Rights projects. He holds a Master's Degree in Human Rights and Conflicts Studies from Scoula Superiore Sant'Anna University in Italy.

Maud Kadye - Human Rights Coordinator Maud Kadye
Human Rights Coordinator

Maud was born in Zimbabwe but grew up in England. She has a Bachelor's in Law and acquired a Master's Degree in Human Rights Law at Cardiff University. Maud has worked with various NGOs and law firms, and has a particular interest in languages, volunteering and human rights around the world. She joined our team in Ghana as Human Rights Coordinator in April 2016.

Ernest Adu - Law & Human Rights Assistant Program Coordinator Ernest Adu
Law & Human Rights Assistant Program Coordinator

Ernest works with the Human Rights Office as an Assistant Program Coordinator. He supervises the work of volunteers on Human Rights projects. Ernest has a Bachelor of Education Degree in Population Studies from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

Eric Ekow Ewusie - Assistant Regional Coordinator Eric Ekow Ewusie
Assistant Regional Coordinator

Eric is from Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana. He has been working with Projects Abroad since 2010 and holds a Higher National Diploma in Tourism from the Cape Coast Polytechnic. Eric assists with all placements and volunteers in Cape Coast.

Andrew Agana - Assistant Regional Coordinator Andrew Agana
Assistant Regional Coordinator

Andrew is our Assistant Manager in the Accra region. He normally shows the volunteers around this region during their induction. He studied Philosophy and Religion at CEMA UK.

Isaka Zabaani - Office Security Guard Isaka Zabaani
Office Security Guard

Isaka is our Office Guard. He guards the Head Office in Accra, and makes sure the surroundings are safe and calm at night. Isaka spends his free time with his wife and three lovely daughters when he is not working.

Mishka Edross - Volunteer Advisor Mishka Edross
Volunteer Advisor

Mishka joined Projects Abroad as a Volunteer Advisor for Ghana and Tanzania in December 2014. She has a degree in Public Relations Management from Cape Peninsula University of Technology. In her free time she enjoys listening to music, spending time with family and trying new cuisine.

Stacey Ohlhoff - Volunteer Advisor Stacey Ohlhoff
Volunteer Advisor

Stacey grew up and currently lives in Cape Town. She is a very creative person who is always finding new projects to amuse herself with in her spare time, from ceramic sculpture and baking to trawling second hand stores looking for old vinyl records to add to her ever growing collection! From a young age, Stacey has always yearned to work with a purpose and make a change and feels that with Projects Abroad this can be achieved. Stacey is the Volunteer Advisor for Ghana and Tanzania.

Imane Valsan - Volunteer Advisor Imane Valsan
Volunteer Advisor

Imane was born in France. After studying history and literature, she decided to travel to Africa. She is always interested in discovering something new and started working for Projects Abroad in July 2015 as a volunteer advisor.

Richard Mensah Dugbenu - Medical Coordinator Richard Mensah Dugbenu
Medical Coordinator

Richard is the coordinator for the medical placements in Accra. He’s a qualified nurse with a degree from the University of Ghana. Richard will make sure everything regarding your medical placement and the medical outreaches in and around Accra runs smoothly.

Enoch Tawiah Aggrey - Medical Project Manager Enoch Tawiah Aggrey
Medical Project Manager

Enoch, originally from Cape Coast, is the Medical Coordinator of the Kumasi team. He has a degree in BA Nursing and Psychology from the University of Ghana. He worked at Kola Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra before joining Projects Abroad in October 2009.

Richmond Demfeh - Assistant Coordinator Richmond Demfeh
Assistant Coordinator

Richmond (known as Chief) has a High National Diploma in Electronic Engineering from Sunyani Polytechnic. He worked at Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly before joining Projects Abroad.

Gifty Ayaw Asante - Assistant Medical Coordinator Gifty Ayaw Asante
Assistant Medical Coordinator

Gifty is the Assistant Medical Coordinator in the Hills. She holds a certificate as a Health Care Assistant. Gifty likes going out with friends in her free time.

Agbo Famous Ampofo - Building Supervisor Agbo Famous Ampofo
Building Supervisor

Agbo is a native of Agbozume in the Volta Region and has two daughters and a son. He has been the Supervisor for our Building Project since 2005. He is very approachable and is always happy to meet volunteers at the building site. He speaks English, Ewe and Twi.

Overseas Staff in Jamaica

Kay Hendricks - Country Director Kay Hendricks
Country Director

Kay joined the Projects Abroad team in February 2016. A native of Manchester, Jamaica, she spent many years engaged in developmental work with a focus on youth, community, the disabled and workplace capacity building. She has a Master of Science Degree in Human Resource Development and several professional certifications including Project Management and Training. In her spare time she enjoys travelling and relaxing on the beach. She believes in service with a purpose and enjoys participating in voluntary projects aimed at empowering marginalised people.

Sanikia Powell-Morgan - Deputy Director and Programme Development Manager Sanikia Powell-Morgan
Deputy Director and Programme Development Manager

Sanikia joined Projects Abroad in January 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Relations and French. She worked as an English Teaching Assistant in France and as a Lecturer of Communication Studies in Jamaica before joining the team. Sanikia is outgoing; she enjoys meeting new people, traveling and is very passionate about youth development and education.

Stacy-Ann Barrett - Program Officer (Culture and Community) Stacy-Ann Barrett
Program Officer (Culture and Community)

Stacy-Ann joined Projects Abroad in April 2008. She started out on a part-time basis and was responsible for running errands, collecting post, sending host and placement letters, and ensuring that the office was well kept. She has now been given additional responsibilities to help with inductions and she coordinates the building, disaster management, maroon and farming projects.

Tonesha Grant - Programme Officer (Communication and Journalism) Tonesha Grant
Programme Officer (Communication and Journalism)

Tonesha joined the team in April 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Media and Communication from the University of the West Indies and worked with the Road Safety Unit as an education and information intern before transitioning into the investment industry. Her love for journalism and communication led her to join the team at Projects Abroad. Tonesha is a relaxed, spiritual individual who enjoys working with people and teaching others about her spirituality. She also enjoys going to the beach, eating out and spending time with her family.

Sheldon Owen - Programme Officer (Medicine and Health Care) Sheldon Owen
Programme Officer (Medicine and Health Care)

Sheldon joined Project Abroad in July 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Teacher Education with a Minor in Social Work. He has experience being an international exchange volunteer, coordinating volunteers, managing projects and delivering training. Sheldon is passionate about working with young people and continues to promote the notion of service above self.

Katrice Meeks - Programme Officer (Care and Human Rights) Katrice Meeks
Programme Officer (Care and Human Rights)

Katrice joined Projects Abroad in 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. Prior to joining Projects Abroad she worked as a guidance counsellor in the Ministry of Education in Jamaica. Katrice enjoys meeting new people, reading novels, travelling and spending time with her family. She is passionate about helping young people and the community.

Shaneil Lawson - Volunteer Coordinator Shaneil Lawson
Volunteer Coordinator

Shaneil joined Projects Abroad in June 2013. She enjoys reading suspense novels and interacting with new and interesting people. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Guidance and Counseling. Before joining the team she worked as a customer service representative. Shaneil is very passionate about young people and is dedicated to making a significant contribution to their development.

Dianna Miller - Volunteer Liaison Officer Dianna Miller
Volunteer Liaison Officer

Dianna joined the Projects Abroad Jamaica team in June 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Teacher Education. She loves working with young people, helping them to learn and realize their full potential. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching movies, travelling, meeting and interacting with new people.

Overseas Staff in Kenya

Olivia Tanui - Deputy Country Director Olivia Tanui
Deputy Country Director

Olivia joined the Projects Abroad team in May 2012 and has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She has previously volunteered with the Kenya Red Cross Society and has traveled abroad. Having been born and raised in Nakuru, she is glad to be working on projects in her home town. During her free time she enjoys martial arts, swimming and is an Arsenal soccer fan.

Imane Valsan - Volunteer Advisor Imane Valsan
Volunteer Advisor

Imane was born in France. After studying history and literature, she decided to travel to Africa. She is always interested in discovering something new and started working for Projects Abroad in July 2015 as a volunteer advisor.

Gabriela Estrada - Volunteer Advisor Gabriela Estrada
Volunteer Advisor

Gabriela was born in Guadalajara, she has a degree in Foreign Languages. She has worked as an English teacher and translator for several years and she joined the Projects Abroad team in 2016. She loves spending time with her family and friends, reading, going to concerts and cultural events. Gabriela has had the opportunity to travel through South America and Western Europe.

Caroline Mungai - Medical Coordinator Caroline Mungai
Medical Coordinator

Carol joined Projects Abroad in May 2013 as the Medical Coordinator for Kenya. She studied medical laboratory science and in her free time she enjoys dancing, traveling and making new friends.

Peter Mugwe - Volunteer & Sports Project Coordinator Peter Mugwe
Volunteer & Sports Project Coordinator

Peter joined Projects Abroad as Volunteer & Sports Project Coordinator in August 2014. He was born and raised in Nairobi and will be one of the first staff members volunteers will meet when arriving in Kenya. Peter enjoys travelling, listening to music, watching football and meeting new people.

Dennis Gakara Kamau - Care & Teaching Coordinator Dennis Gakara Kamau
Care & Teaching Coordinator

Dennis joined Projects Abroad in March 2015. He is responsible for overseeing the Care and Teaching projects in Nanyuki, Kenya. Dennis is an outdoor person and loves seeing new things! His hobbies include playing soccer, badminton and table tennis. He also loves reading and traveling, especially on safari!

Tonny Kipkurui - Conservation Manager Tonny Kipkurui
Conservation Manager

Tonny joined Projects Abroad in June 2012. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and currently pursuing his Masters in Conservation Biology. He started his career in conservation and wildlife research ten years ago and worked and volunteered with Kenya Wildlife Service Research Department in the Masai Mara. When he is not immersed in his work, he enjoys meeting new people.

Charles Matankory - Conservation Coordinator Charles Matankory
Conservation Coordinator

Charles joined Projects Abroad in May 2014, bringing in vast knowledge and over 15 years of experience in conservation. He has previously worked with international organization including the World Wide Fund for Nature. In his free time he loves listening to music and bird watching.

Maria Fernanda Medina Beltran - Volunteer Advisor Maria Fernanda Medina Beltran
Volunteer Advisor

Maria was born in Colima, but has lived in many cities throughout Mexico. After studying international relations in Guadalajara, she worked at various NGOs and educational institutions before joining Projects Abroad in 2016. She loves spending time with animals and painting.

Overseas Staff in Madagascar

Tojo Ramaroson - Country Director Tojo Ramaroson
Country Director

Tojo was born in Toliara, Madagascar and has lived and worked all over the world for more than 20 years. He has a Masters degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University, specialising in global health (nutrition and WASH). Before joining Projects Abroad Madagascar in 2016, he was a content manager for a newspaper/magazine company called Circle Yemen in Sana’a. He also did some consulting in development with UNICEF Yemen and the French Red Cross. He enjoys a good political discussion, travelling, watching movies and playing with his four-year-old son.

Todisoa Nantenaina - Volunteer Coordinator Todisoa Nantenaina
Volunteer Coordinator

Todisoa was born in Andasibe, Madagascar and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture-Ecotourism Management from Laulanie Green University. She worked as volunteer coordinator at Dodwel Trust and as the head of ecotourism at Mitsinjo Organisation for six years before joining Projects Abroad. During her free time, she enjoys dancing and listening to music.

Rafidi Malala - Volunteer Coordinator Rafidi Malala
Volunteer Coordinator

Rafidimalala was born in Antananarivo, Madagascar. He has been working with Projects Abroad on the Care and Teaching projects since November 2015. He later moved to Conservation as he was a tourist guide for the National Park in Andasibe for 10 years. He is a specialist in wildlife, biodiversity, lemurs, birds, indigenous plants, amphibians and reptiles. He likes to joke around and enjoys learning about other cultures around the world.

Christelle Beauviche-Shouldery - Volunteer Advisor Christelle Beauviche-Shouldery
Volunteer Advisor

Christelle joined Projects Abroad as a Volunteer Advisor in September 2013. Previously, she enjoyed teaching French to children and worked for many years as a Personal Assistant. She studied English Literature and Languages at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Christelle is from France but has also lived in England and in the United States. In her free time, she likes spending time with her family, painting, dancing and hiking.

Overseas Staff in Mexico

Oliver Garcia - Country Director Oliver Garcia
Country Director

Oliver is an experienced diver who worked for two years in la Paz Baja California in the north of Mexico as manager of a diving school, while he was also studying marine biology. He joined Projects Abroad in February 2005, just before we moved to our current Turtle Camp in Tecoman, where worked as the conservation manager. In 2015 Oliver become the country director for Projects Abroad Mexico.

Jose Soltero 'Jous' - Guzman Manager Jose Soltero 'Jous'
Guzman Manager

Jous was born in Ciudad Guzman and has lived there all his life. His family is one of the oldest in the city so he is well known locally. Jous become part of our team in 2005 and his dedication and work have improved all our projects in Ciudad Guzman. He loves music and plays the didgeridoo, an ancient aboriginal instrument.

Leticia Cano - Volunteer Coordinator Leticia Cano
Volunteer Coordinator

Born and raised in the city of Guadalajara, Leticia joined the team in 2016. She has dedicated her life to specialize in customer service and continues studying. She enjoys meeting new people and learning about other cultures. She is very proud of her city and she strongly believes that Mexico has a lot to show. She would love to travel as much as possible. She loves being with her family and cooking.

Rosa Juarez - Project Coordinator Rosa Juarez
Project Coordinator

Rosa Juárez was born in Mexico City and joined Projects Abroad in 2015. She has a degree in Social Work from the University of Guadalajara. For over four years she lived in Argentina and before that she lived in several other cities in Mexico, so she is used to meeting new people. She enjoys reading and traveling.

Jessica Pacheco - Volunteer Advisor Jessica Pacheco
Volunteer Advisor

Jessica joined Projects Abroad in September 2015 as a volunteer advisor for Ecuador, Mexico and Nepal. She was born in Xalapa, Mexico and now lives in Guadalajara. She studied psychology. In her free time she enjoys traveling and hopes to one day travel all around the world, meeting new people and experiencing other cultures.

Tatjana Kotschenreuther - Volunteer Advisor Tatjana Kotschenreuther
Volunteer Advisor

Tatjana was born in Berlin, Germany. She has a degree in Education and has been living in Mexico since 2003. She previously worked as a volunteer coordinator at the Animal Care Centre in Guadalajara, and as a German teacher at different language schools. She joined the volunteer advisor team in May 2016. In her free time she likes to go to concerts or festivals, exercising, and enjoying nature.

Juan Jose Diaz (Rene) - Conservation Camp Assistant Juan Jose Diaz (Rene)
Conservation Camp Assistant

Rene has been working with turtles for more than 20 years, having started aged 12! He comes from the local town of Tecoman. Rene is an invaluable part of our team on the Conservation Project and never stops smiling. He is our resident fix-it man and no challenge is too great.

Overseas Staff in Laos

Nouanta Latsavongxay - Country Director Nouanta Latsavongxay
Country Director

Nouanta Latsavongxay was appointed as Laos Country Director in 2016. Before joining Projects Abroad, he worked for over a decade for the Lao Disabled People’s Association, a leading organisation that supports people with disabilities. He is a leading expert in disability rights in Laos and he is heavily involved in advocacy work and in building strong working relationships with government ministries. He enjoys reading, watching news and sports, listening to music and playing table tennis.

Inaam Manuel - Volunteer Advisor Inaam Manuel
Volunteer Advisor

Inaam joined Projects Abroad in January 2014 and is the Volunteer Advisor for Thailand, Vietnam and Belize. Previously, she studied Tourism and Event Management at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She has traveled to the Middle East and Asia. She is a bubbly and loving person, who looks forward to helping volunteers with their up and coming trips.

Imane Valsan - Volunteer Advisor Imane Valsan
Volunteer Advisor

Imane was born in France. After studying history and literature, she decided to travel to Africa. She is always interested in discovering something new and started working for Projects Abroad in July 2015 as a volunteer advisor.

Overseas Staff in Mongolia

Otgonbayar Togtuun - Director of Finance Otgonbayar Togtuun
Director of Finance

Oko is both the Director of our projects in Mongolia and the Director of Finance. Oko has spent time working in Korea and the UK. He now enjoys living back in Ulaanbaatar with his wife and three children. Having studied for his MBA in Korea, he returned home to Mongolia with his Korean wife, Sang Em. He enjoys singing and is famed for his karaoke skills. He was 5 times gold medalist in athletics when he was a high school student.

Undarmaa Pirenlei  - Operations Manager Undarmaa Pirenlei
Operations Manager

Undarmaa joined the Projects Abroad team in April 2014. Previously, Undarmaa worked and studied in the United States. She is our Operations Manager and oversees all of our volunteer placements in Mongolia. Her hobbies include reading books and traveling. She also loves sports, especially basketball and martial arts.

Enkhjargal Dugeree - Project Supervisor Enkhjargal Dugeree
Project Supervisor

Enkhee joined Projects Abroad in March 2012. She graduated from the University of the Humanities in International Relations. Enkhee likes to work with people from all over the world and enjoys music.

Zolzaya Noov - Project Supervisor Zolzaya Noov
Project Supervisor

Zolzaya or Zolo as she likes to be called started working for Projects Abroad Mongolia in February 2011. As a Project Supervisor, her roles are to welcome the new volunteers, introduce them to their hosts and placement, and offer advice and support to the volunteers. In Zolo's free time, she likes to spend time with her friends and her favourite sports are volleyball and table tennis. Zolo has many interests, including travelling, hiking and swimming.

Arinzul Ganbaatar - Project Supervisor Arinzul Ganbaatar
Project Supervisor

Arinzul or Zulaa, as she likes to be known, has been working at Projects Abroad since March 2011. Zulaa visits volunteers at work and at their host families. Zulaa enjoys reading, organizing volunteer work, teaching and spending time with her son.

Emmanuel Pousse - Volunteer Advisor Emmanuel Pousse
Volunteer Advisor

Emmanuel joined Projects Abroad in 2014 as a Volunteer Advisor for Cambodia and Mongolia. Originally from France, Emmanuel has traveled extensively. He is a classically trained musician, having studied lyrical singing in France. He has a keen interest in people, different cultures and activities. Emmanuel enjoys playing sports, socialising with his friends and spending time with his Mosotho wife, Mpho.

Overseas Staff in Morocco

Saad Rbiai - Country Director Saad Rbiai
Country Director

Saad was born in Fes and grew up in Rabat. He has previously worked as a clinical psychologist for the American Peace Corps in Morocco and was also an Exchange Coordinator for the U.S. State Department where he organised cultural exchanges between American and Moroccan youth. Saad has taught Arabic and English at various International Schools and Embassies in Morocco.

Soufiane Mbarki - Country Interlocutor Soufiane Mbarki
Country Interlocutor

Soufiane joined Projects Abroad in February 2013. He previously worked at an American NGO specialising in English education. He has worked in various roles at Projects Abroad, including Desk Officer, Communications Officer and Project Manager in Cambodia. Soufiane grew up in the Rabat region and always enjoys introducing visitors to beautiful Morocco. Soufiane speaks Arabic, Tamazight, French, English and is focused on making sure volunteers have a fun, safe and productive time in Rabat.

Adil El Abdouli - Program Officer Adil El Abdouli
Program Officer

Adil joined Projects Abroad in November 2009. He has previously worked in an international organisation in the EFL department and was also an Exchange Coordinator for a cultural program. Adil was born and brought up in Salé – on the other side of the river from Rabat.

Noureddine Edahmoun - Programme Advisor Noureddine Edahmoun
Programme Advisor

Noureddine joined Projects Abroad in May 2013. He previously worked in an international organisation in the EFL department and was also an Exchange Coordinator for a cultural programme. Noureddine was born in Beni Zeroual, a tribal area in the Jbala region of Northern Morocco, situated at the foothills of the Rif Mountains between Taounate and Chefchaouen.

Imane Valsan - Volunteer Advisor Imane Valsan
Volunteer Advisor

Imane was born in France. After studying history and literature, she decided to travel to Africa. She is always interested in discovering something new and started working for Projects Abroad in July 2015 as a volunteer advisor.

Jonatan Torres - Volunteer Advisor Jonatan Torres
Volunteer Advisor

Jonatan was born in Guadalajara and he has lived there all his life. He studied international business at the University of Guadalajara and joined Projects Abroad in 2014. He enjoys going to the cinema, listening to music, reading, going out with his friends and learning about different cultures. Jonatan is passionate about football and his biggest dream is to visit as many countries as he can.

Overseas Staff in Nepal

Georgi Poparad - Operations Manager Georgi Poparad
Operations Manager

Georgi has been with Projects Abroad since 2013. She worked for the Romanian and the Canadian office, but her continuous quest for new adventures and challenges brought her to Nepal in July 2015 when she joined the team in Chitwan. Currently based in Kathmandu, Georgi is happy to be part of the Projects Abroad family. She enjoys exploring the world, reading, swimming, horseback riding and dancing.

Mirko Kolan - Volunteer Advisor Mirko Kolan
Volunteer Advisor

Born and raised in a small town of central Italy, Mirko studied HR training and development at the University of Rome. He traveled extensively and lived in the US, Mexico, Holland, Cyprus and South Africa. He joined Projects Abroad in March 2014 as Volunteer Advisor for Nepal and all Italian volunteers. Besides traveling, Mirko enjoys sport, nature and outdoor activities, photography and writing. His personal life motto is "dreams are made to be realized".

Jessica Pacheco - Volunteer Advisor Jessica Pacheco
Volunteer Advisor

Jessica joined Projects Abroad in September 2015 as a volunteer advisor for Ecuador, Mexico and Nepal. She was born in Xalapa, Mexico and now lives in Guadalajara. She studied psychology. In her free time she enjoys traveling and hopes to one day travel all around the world, meeting new people and experiencing other cultures.

Jack Sharp - Volunteer Coordinator Jack Sharp
Volunteer Coordinator

Jack grew up in England, but fell in love with Nepal the moment he first stepped off the plane. He has been working with Projects Abroad since June 2015 and relishes the opportunity to meet new people and to make a difference every day. His interests include philosophy, comedy, music, rugby and anything else interesting that life throws at him.

Megan Reich - Conservation Field Coordinator Megan Reich
Conservation Field Coordinator

Megan joined the team in March 2016 as a conservation field coordinator. She was born in Chilliwack, British Columbia (Canada) and has a BSc in Environmental Sciences. Megan's hobbies include hiking, reading novels and watching cheesy movies. She is an aspiring entomologist and has made it her mission to get volunteers on the Conservation project excited about butterflies!

Patricia Sexton - Care and Teaching Coordinator Patricia Sexton
Care and Teaching Coordinator

Patricia is from the US and has a degree in social work. After university, she travelled to Tanzania and volunteered at a school for a year before moving to Thailand to teach English. She has developed a passion for travelling and helping people from all over the world. Her hobbies include exercising, rock climbing, camping and reading. Tricia has been working at Projects Abroad since July 2016.

Annabel Buzink - Medical Volunteer Coordinator Annabel Buzink
Medical Volunteer Coordinator

Annabel is from the Netherlands and has a master’s in global health. She spent a year living and working as a researcher in Ghana and Indonesia. Annabel also spent seven months travelling and volunteering throughout South-America, where she found her passion for meeting new people and discovering new places. Her hobbies include running, trekking and yoga.

Taylor Smythe - Disaster Relief Volunteer Coordinator Taylor Smythe
Disaster Relief Volunteer Coordinator

Taylor is from the US and has a degree in international relations. She has traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia, and volunteered at an Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand and a sea turtle conservancy off the Gili Islands. She spent three years living in San Diego working as a scuba dive master before joining Projects Abroad in June 2016. She is passionate about discovering new places, international development and wildlife conservation.

Maria Fernanda Medina Beltran - Volunteer Advisor Maria Fernanda Medina Beltran
Volunteer Advisor

Maria was born in Colima, but has lived in many cities throughout Mexico. After studying international relations in Guadalajara, she worked at various NGOs and educational institutions before joining Projects Abroad in 2016. She loves spending time with animals and painting.

Overseas Staff in Peru - Sacred Valley

Irazema Arizabal - Country Director Irazema Arizabal
Country Director

Irazema became part of the Peru team in January 2003. She was born and raised in Cusco and studied Business Administration at the National University of Cusco. She previously worked as a pre-school teacher and later an analyst credit investigator for various financial companies. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching movies and travelling, as well as meeting and interacting with new people.

Hugo Siancas - Assistant Manager Hugo Siancas
Assistant Manager

Hugo joined Projects Abroad in August 2013 and makes sure volunteers are satisfied with their placement and accommodation. He is eager to help volunteers get the most out of their experience in Peru. He is also a musician and enjoys playing his bass guitar.

Santiago Paiva - Assistant Manager Santiago Paiva
Assistant Manager

Santiago is a tourism student from Cusco. He enjoys interacting with the volunteers, showing them around the city and sharing his culture. Santiago loves sport, especially football, and plays whenever he gets the chance.

Yessika Espinoza - Care Supervisor Yessika Espinoza
Care Supervisor

Yessika joined Projects Abroad in December 2006 after previously working for an NGO and a bank. She enjoys being able to work with young children as part of her job. In her free time she likes spending time with her family in Cuzco and socialising with the volunteers.

Patricia Davila - Medical Supervisor Patricia Davila
Medical Supervisor

Pati works in Cuzco as a dentist and comes from a family of medical professionals; both her father and brother are doctors too. Pati joined us as Medical Supervisor in 2006 when we first started our medical projects in Peru. She enjoys having the medical volunteers round for pizza and spending time with her family.

Elizabeth Velásquez - Teaching Supervisor Elizabeth Velásquez
Teaching Supervisor

Eli is the Teaching Supervisor for Projects Abroad and has been an English teacher in the Sacred Valley for more than ten years. She tries to explain to her students the importance of knowing how to communicate with visitors from all around the world.

Daniel O'Shea - Inca Project Supervisor Daniel O'Shea
Inca Project Supervisor

Daniel was a volunteer on the Inca Project for three months from May 2007 before returning in September to join the staff team as our supervisor for the Inca Project. He works with the volunteers on each of the different areas of the project, from community work to excavations and expeditions.

Natalia Gomez - Volunteer Advisor Natalia Gomez
Volunteer Advisor

Natalia was born in Cordoba, Argentina. She gained a degree in Tourism in 2010 and since then has worked as tour guide, travel agent and receptionist. She enjoys cooking, reading, making new friends and going to music shows or festivals. She has worked and traveled through several countries in South and Central America. Natalia joined Projects Abroad in February 2014.

Jhon Valencia - Archaeologist Jhon Valencia
Archaeologist

Jhon was born in Huacarpay, a town close to Cusco. He is an archeologist and has worked at many sites in and around the city. Jhon has been with Projects Abroad for over 10 years, and accompanies and assists volunteers during their project. He enjoys exploring Peru, sharing the country’s history and explaining his culture to people.

Delsi Espinoza Masias - Assistant Archaeologist Delsi Espinoza Masias
Assistant Archaeologist

Delsi is an archeologist and has worked at many investigations, including monitoring different archeological sites around Cusco, where she was born. She also worked as an archeologist for the Municipality of Cusco. In her free time she enjoys travelling, getting to know new places, hiking and dancing.

Overseas Staff in Peru - Rainforest - Taricaya Research Centre

Stuart Timson - Director Stuart Timson
Director

Stuart is from Cheltenham, England, but has been living and working in Peru since 1998. He studied Biology at Oxford University before getting involved with conservation in the field. After spending several years guiding for eco-lodges in both Peru and Bolivia he set up the Taricaya Lodge on the Madre de Dios river from scratch in 2001. In his spare time Stuart can turn his hand to most sports.

Fernando Rosemberg - Project Manager Fernando Rosemberg
Project Manager

An ex-gold miner now dedicated to conservation, Fernando administers the day-to-day running of the lodge. He is the longest serving staff member there from the start with Stuart. His English is excellent and his 20 years of experience in the jungle gives him great all round knowledge. His family in Puerto Maldonado runs a small hotel where volunteers usually spend the weekend.

Elvira Rosemberg - Desk Officer Elvira Rosemberg
Desk Officer

Elvira joined the Projects Abroad team in January 2010 after returning from five years living in the USA. She is originally from Lima where she used to work in a travel agency. Before moving to the US she had a family run hotel and restaurant business in Puerto Maldonado, so she knows the town well. Elvira will be in touch with all Conservation volunteers before they arrive in Peru and she also meets many of the volunteers at the airport.

Richard Munday - Volunteer Coordinator Richard Munday
Volunteer Coordinator

Richard returned to the Peru Conservation staff team for the second time at the end of 2012, after spending almost four years working as a member of staff on the Conservation Project in Costa Rica. Before that he was part of the Peru Conservation team for three years. Richard is based at Taricaya and is involved in the daily work arrangements for volunteers and the long term planning for the project.

Rachel Kilby - Lodge Administrator Rachel Kilby
Lodge Administrator

Rachel has been working with Projects Abroad for 8 years and as a trained biologist she has specialised in the field of ornithology. A qualified bird bander Rachel is out in the field a lot collecting data whilst helping with the daily running of the project.

Salvador Sanchez - Entomologist Salvador Sanchez
Entomologist

Salvador has just joined our team this year, a biologist from Spain, he is setting up an insect project and collecting data on the jungle's smaller residents.

Wendy Escate - Rescue Centre Assistant Wendy Escate
Rescue Centre Assistant

A biologist from Ica, Wendy has experience working with animals in captivity. A new addition to the team this year Wendy is highly involved with our spider monkey release project.

Alejandro Vigil - Field Assistant Alejandro Vigil
Field Assistant

Alejandro is a graduate of the local university and currently oversees the running of our turtle house. After 5 years with us Alejandro has a lot of experience and can be called upon to work on any of our initiatives.

Dennys Gongorra - Field Assistant Dennys Gongorra
Field Assistant

Dennys first came to us as a practical student from the local eco-tourism university. A quick learner and an able worker Dennys now runs out butterfly house and turns his hand to almost all the other projects.

Carmen Capunay - Vet Carmen Capunay
Vet

Carmen is from Lima and a fully qualified vet. New to our team this year she carefully monitors the health of all our animals in the rescue centre.

Oscar Leon - Boat Driver Oscar Leon
Boat Driver

A local resident who knows the rivers like the back of his hand, Oscar can turn his hand to carpentry, building and trail clearing when not ferrying people to and from town.

Overseas Staff in the Philippines

Ayessa Arnoco - Public Health Project Coordinator Ayessa Arnoco
Public Health Project Coordinator

Ayessa was born and raised in Bogo City and has always loved being around people. She is a registered nurse and previously worked as an English teacher and coordinator for non-English speakers. Aside from reading pocketbooks, she spends her free time experimenting with foods and eating.

Kenneth Sotto - Country Director Kenneth Sotto
Country Director

Kenneth is from Cebu and has been involved in development work for 7 years. He has previously volunteered with VSO and was a youth ambassador for the 37th South East Asia Youth Program in 2010. Before joining Projects Abroad in 2013, he was a managing director of a training center in Cebu and a project officer for VSO Bahaginan. In his free time he enjoys taking part in Rotary International activities and he likes taking photos and watching movies.

Rafael Vincent Toring - Building Project Coordinator Rafael Vincent Toring
Building Project Coordinator

Rafael was born and raised in Bogo City, Cebu. He graduated from the University of Cebu with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. Before joining Projects Abroad, he worked as an operation engineer in the DESCO power plant for almost three years. During his free time, Rafael loves spending time with his wife and two children, dancing, singing karaoke and playing basketball.

Emmylou Seno Retuerto - Care and Teaching Project Coordinator Emmylou Seno Retuerto
Care and Teaching Project Coordinator

Emmylou was born and raised in Bogo and left home at 16 to attend university. She worked as a senior billing analyst for an international telecom company for seven years before joining Projects Abroad. Emmylou has been travelling since she was a young girl. She wanted to learn, explore new cultures, see how the world worked from different perspectives, and to leave her mark.

Ludette Cambal - Volunteer Coordinator Ludette Cambal
Volunteer Coordinator

Ludette is from Cebu and became an Information Manager for Projects Abroad in 2014. Previously, she worked for a local television station as a producer and a writer. Ludette also has experience in writing feature stories, she loves adventure and hopes to one day travel the world.

Aquiles Zapanta - Airport Pick-up Coordinator Aquiles Zapanta
Airport Pick-up Coordinator

Acqui joined Projects Abroad in March 2014. He is passionate about travelling and he has been to Singapore, Malaca and Hong Kong. Acqui finished university with Bachelor’s degree in Science, majoring in Psychology. He is a Rotarian and has volunteered as a tour guide for foreign Rotarians who have visited the Philippines. Acqui is also a history teacher and enjoys teaching the volunteers about the history of the Philippines.

Ruel Turion - Project Officer- Disaster Relief Project Ruel Turion
Project Officer- Disaster Relief Project

Ruel joined Projects Abroad as Project Officer for the Disaster Relief project. He lives in Bogo City and has previously worked in the Drilling and Mining industry for almost 8 years. He enjoys reading, watching television and foreign movies.

Overseas Staff in Romania

Razvan Voica - Country Director Razvan Voica
Country Director

Razvan is the Country Director for Romania. As a trained forestry engineer, Razvan feels at ease with any subject linked to alpine and sub-alpine wildlife. He is also a passionate reader and only spending time with his family can take him away from his job or his books.

Alexandra Ichim - Project Manager and Information Manager Alexandra Ichim
Project Manager and Information Manager

Alexandra graduated from the Faculty of Literature and Languages in 2008. She loves travel, meeting people from different cultures and learning new languages. She discovered theater life in high school when she took part in a local English drama group. Her role as drama supervisor is to guide and coordinate both the volunteers and the high school students in all the drama activities. She also organises social events for all volunteers in Romania and coordinates work for our journalism volunteers.

Andreea Dragan - Archaeology Project Supervisor Andreea Dragan
Archaeology Project Supervisor

Andreea is a committed and passionate archaeologist. She obtained her Ph.D. after writing a thesis on the Late La Tène and Early Roman archaeology in the Iron Gates, and has extensive overseas and local field experience. She enjoys outdoor activities and learning about other languages and cultures, and consequently also traveling.

Natalia Gomez - Volunteer Advisor Natalia Gomez
Volunteer Advisor

Natalia was born in Cordoba, Argentina. She gained a degree in Tourism in 2010 and since then has worked as tour guide, travel agent and receptionist. She enjoys cooking, reading, making new friends and going to music shows or festivals. She has worked and traveled through several countries in South and Central America. Natalia joined Projects Abroad in February 2014.

Overseas Staff in Samoa

Seumanutafa Alex McCarthy - Country Director Seumanutafa Alex McCarthy
Country Director

Alex is the Country Director for Samoa. He grew up in New Zealand, but is proud of his Samoan heritage and culture. He loves traveling and moved to Europe after university where he experienced many unique cultures. In his free time, Alex enjoys watching a good movie, going to the beach and cooking. He believes Samoa to be a truly amazing island.

Overseas Staff in Senegal

Amadou Moctar Ba - Country Director Amadou Moctar Ba
Country Director

Moctar first joined the team in Senegal as a French/English translator, but he soon fell in love with Projects Abroad and took over as Country Director in April 2007. Moctar used to work as a local English teacher and he remains a key link between the local community and schools of St. Louis and the volunteers.

Fina Senghor - Deputy Director Fina Senghor
Deputy Director

Fina joined the team in November 2008. She is originally from the capital city, Dakar; however, she has lived in St Louis for the last four years as she was studying at Gaston Berger University. She has a Masters Degree in Applied Foreign Languages (English and Spanish) with a module in Tourism. Fina enjoys reading, listening to music, watching TV and cooking.

Babacar Habib Diaw - Volunteer Coordinator/ Sounds of the World Manager Babacar Habib Diaw
Volunteer Coordinator/ Sounds of the World Manager

Habib, who is known as Boms, comes from Dakar and has a BA in Computer Sciences. He likes organizing cultural events, going to the beach and playing the Djembé (African drum). He hopes to welcome you all in Senegal very soon and show you the best of the Senegalese 'Teranga' (hospitality).

Imane Valsan - Volunteer Advisor Imane Valsan
Volunteer Advisor

Imane was born in France. After studying history and literature, she decided to travel to Africa. She is always interested in discovering something new and started working for Projects Abroad in July 2015 as a volunteer advisor.

Jonatan Torres - Volunteer Advisor Jonatan Torres
Volunteer Advisor

Jonatan was born in Guadalajara and he has lived there all his life. He studied international business at the University of Guadalajara and joined Projects Abroad in 2014. He enjoys going to the cinema, listening to music, reading, going out with his friends and learning about different cultures. Jonatan is passionate about football and his biggest dream is to visit as many countries as he can.

Overseas Staff in South Africa - Cape Town

Harry Kent - Country Director Harry Kent
Country Director

Harry is originally from the UK and has been working in various roles within Projects Abroad for several years, including spending a year in Ghana. He has also worked in several other Projects Abroad destinations, including the Botswana and Nepal. Harry is now the Country Director of South Africa.

Gisela Madden - Operations Manager Gisela Madden
Operations Manager

After over 5 years working for Projects Abroad in South Africa, including 4 years as Country Director, Gisela joined the global operations team in 2016. With a degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town, and a passion for social development and conservation, she is well placed to liaise with and support the overseas teams. She loves to travel and to challenge herself by moving out of the comfort zone of the familiar. She enjoys working with her dynamic colleagues in a beautiful city, and meeting enthusiastic and passionate volunteers, staff and project partners.

Deen Singh - Building Project Manager Deen Singh
Building Project Manager

Deen comes from Durban, South Africa. His wide ranging qualifications include a Diploma in Graphic Design, a certificate in Estate Agency, Human Relation and Business Skills, qualifications in marketing and real estate and building skills from brick laying to architectural plan drawings. He loves his family, the environment, golf, kung fu, meditation and astrology.

Chrisjan Bredenkamp - Surfing Project Manager Chrisjan Bredenkamp
Surfing Project Manager

Chrisjan is originally from Jeffrey's Bay and has since made Cape Town his home. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in sport science and psychology with the hopes of becoming a clinical psychologist. Chrisjan loves surfing, golf and soccer, but his biggest passion is working with the community and helping to make a difference.

Deborah Talbot - Nutrition Project Manager Deborah Talbot
Nutrition Project Manager

Deborah has lived in Cape Town most of her life and loves the people, beauty and diversity. She is a registered dietitian, having studied at the University of Cape Town. She has spent time working in a rural South African hospital, as well as various settings in Cape Town.
Deborah joined Projects Abroad in 2015 as the supervisor for the Nutrition project and is passionate about promoting health and preventing disease.

Maria Mulindi - Law & Human Rights Office Program Manager Maria Mulindi
Law & Human Rights Office Program Manager

Maria moved to South Africa from Kenya in 2003. She graduated from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth with an LLB law degree. Maria is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa and is qualified to practise in the Magistrate’s Court, High Court and the Labour Court. Before joining Projects Abroad in March 2011, Maria specialised in civil litigation.

Sherwin Daniels - Law & Human Rights Office Legal Services Coordinator Sherwin Daniels
Law & Human Rights Office Legal Services Coordinator

Sherwin was born and raised in Cape Town. He completed his LLB law degree at the University of the Western Cape. Whilst at university, he did an international human rights course with Howard University (USA) which is where his passion for human rights commenced. In his free time, Sherwin likes socializing and meeting new people. He also enjoys playing squash, sand-boarding and going to the gym.

Miriam MacDonald - Law & Human Rights Office Volunteer Supervisor Miriam MacDonald
Law & Human Rights Office Volunteer Supervisor

Miriam is originally from Scotland, although was born and raised in Luxembourg. After graduating from the University of Glasgow in 2011, she was a volunteer in the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office. She then worked for an NGO in Swaziland, before coming back to PAHRO in June 2012 as the Program Coordinator for the 2 Week Special groups. Miriam enjoys reading, music, traveling and sampling South Africa’s fine wines.

Judy-Rose Cyster - Law & Human Rights Office Personal Assistant Judy-Rose Cyster
Law & Human Rights Office Personal Assistant

Judy-Rose was born and raised in Cape Town. She enjoys the outdoor life and regularly goes to the West Coast to break away from the hectic city life. She has been working in the hospitality industry for more than 4 years, but her passion has always been to make a difference in people’s lives. In high school she was part of her school’s community outreach program and she has done volunteer work for the Art of Living Foundation.

Shuan Solomons - Social Justice Coordinator Shuan Solomons
Social Justice Coordinator

Shuan is from Vrygrond in the Cape Flats and his passion to work with and help people stemmed from having witnessed the hardship faced by those in his community. He joined Projects Abroad in 2010 as a volunteer coordinator and joined the Human Rights project in 2011 as the social justice coordinator. This position has given him the opportunity to be creative and come up with different ways to teach life skills to young people from communities like his own.

Ashwin Scott - Care Coordinator Ashwin Scott
Care Coordinator

Ashwin was born and raised in Cape Town, his very outgoing and loves meeting new people from different cultures. He is a part time dancer and worked with children for eight years, before joining Projects Abroad. His goal in life is to help others suffering from poverty and create positive change in the world.

Rebecca Hugo-Saraceno - Cape Chameleon Editor Rebecca Hugo-Saraceno
Cape Chameleon Editor

Rebecca graduated from university in Norwich with a BA Hons in Literature and Film Studies. Since then, she worked in a range of publishing houses in the UK and moved to Cape Town with her family in 2008. She joined Projects Abroad in 2010 to start up Cape Chameleon magazine. The project offers a journalism internship to volunteers from all over the world.

Kayla Davis - Office Assistant Kayla Davis
Office Assistant

Kayla was born and raised in Cape Town and loves living in the Mother City. She is currently studying Business Management at False Bay FET college. She supervisors the Teaching project and loves working with the children at the schools. She joined Projects Abroad in 2013 and enjoys working with volunteers from all over the world.

Ricardo Van Der Merwe - Volunteer Coordinator Ricardo Van Der Merwe
Volunteer Coordinator

Born in Cape Town, Ricardo loves the outdoors and a good braai. He spent a lot of time working in retail before joining the Projects Abroad team in South Africa in October 2013. Ricardo studied managing administration at IQ Academy and hopes to travel all over the world.

Samantha Speelman - Volunteer Coordinator Samantha Speelman
Volunteer Coordinator

Samantha, 20, grew up in Cape Town and lives in Capricorn. She graduated from Immaculata High School in 2011. She is a dedicated, honest, free spirited and outspoken person. She likes hiking and meeting new people. She is involved in a Youth group at her church in her area. She likes challenges and adapts easily. She would like to travel across South Africa and experience different cultures within the African continent. She would also like to get a degree qualification in Tourism, which is her short term goal.

Meschak Bugaye - Volunteer Coordinator Meschak Bugaye
Volunteer Coordinator

Meschak is from Burundi and moved to Cape Town in 2001. After studying Tourism, Meschak joined Projects Abroad in 2010 as a Volunteer Coordinator. Since then he has loved working with volunteers from different backgrounds, arranging volunteer socials and making sure their time is worthwhile. He also speaks French and enjoys playing soccer.

Gabriela Estrada - Volunteer Advisor Gabriela Estrada
Volunteer Advisor

Gabriela was born in Guadalajara, she has a degree in Foreign Languages. She has worked as an English teacher and translator for several years and she joined the Projects Abroad team in 2016. She loves spending time with her family and friends, reading, going to concerts and cultural events. Gabriela has had the opportunity to travel through South America and Western Europe.

Simone Bowyer - Accounts Officer Simone Bowyer
Accounts Officer

Simone was born and raised in Cape Town. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Criminology through the University of South Africa. Her passions include working with children and animals, traveling and horse-riding. She is extremely grateful to be part of such a dynamic and positive company.

Overseas Staff in South Africa - Conservation - Wild at Tuli

Dr Helena Fitchat - Conservation Director Dr Helena Fitchat
Conservation Director

Helena has spent over 30 years on and off in the wilderness. She is an expert tracker, has crossed the Kalahari Desert on her own and lived with Bushmen for a year. She is also a pilot, a biologist specializing in animal behavior (for which she obtained her PhD), and she single-handedly navigated her way through the vast Okavango Delta in a leaking boat and survived! For 10 years she was the Operations Director of The Center for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) in Durban, South Africa.

Judi Gounaris - Conservation Director Judi Gounaris
Conservation Director

Judi spent her corporate life as a software developer and business owner in South Africa but volunteered all her spare time to helping rescue wildlife, including raising two lions. Together with her business partner, Helena Fitchat, they purchased a large tract of land in the Tuli Block in Botswana and have dedicated it to wildlife. Judi relocated and now lives there permanently. As a trustee of one of the biggest wildlife rehabilitation centres in South Africa, Judi realised that the only way to make a difference was to preserve the habitat. This is what Projects Abroad and their volunteers make possible on a daily basis.

Sophie Juget - Conservation Manager Sophie Juget
Conservation Manager

Sophie was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland. She has a degree in conservation, and is passionate about all things wild. She worked for Projects Abroad in Nepal before joining the Southern Africa Conservation project in Botswana as a conservation manager, in May 2014. She also jointly manages Motswiri Camp. Sophie takes care of all scheduling and logistics for volunteers, and looks after all the data that is captured for future use. She ensures that the camp is running smoothly and that everyone has the best experience when they visit.

Jens Mey - Camp Manager Jens Mey
Camp Manager

Jens was born in Germany and is a qualified electrician and software developer. He is multi-talented and can fix anything, build anything, install solar power, and write computer systems. He joined Sophie on the Southern Africa Conservation project as camp and maintenance manager in July 2014, and jointly manages Motswiri Camp with her. His job is to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Jo Mathodi - Volunteer Supervisor Jo Mathodi
Volunteer Supervisor

Jo is from the village of Mathathane, Botswana and has been working in the bush all his life. He is an expert tracker, loves the bush, and is passionate about sharing his knowledge with the volunteers. He is also very handy in the camp and often assists Jens with maintenance issues.

Dicks Masupe - Guide Dicks Masupe
Guide

Dicks is from the village of Mabolwe, Botswana and has spent most of his life in the tourism guiding industry. He is a qualified guide and an expert tracker, and has spent the last 20+ years showing people what the wild of Botswana has to offer. He spends most of his time with volunteers, accompanying them on activities, teaching them about the bush, keeping them safe, and IF there is a leopard out there – HE will find it!

Jane Manyatsa - Chef Jane Manyatsa
Chef

Jane is from the village of Mathathane, Botswana and is considered the ’heart’ of Motswiri Camp. She manages the kitchen and the menus, and does all the cooking. Her meals are legendary, and it is amazing to see the food that she can produce in the middle of nowhere. Jane ensures that no one goes hungry, and our volunteers frequently tell us that they have to go home to lose weight!

Patrick Rampsana - Camp Attendant Patrick Rampsana
Camp Attendant

Patrick is from the village of Mathathane, Botswana and joined Motswiri Camp as a camp attendant. He previously worked in the Okavango Delta but moved home as he wanted to be closer to his family. Patrick turned the non-existent garden into a beautiful area in the camp, which he now maintains. He looks after the camp and ensures that it is kept clean and tidy. He also makes sure that everyone has hot water for showers, and often helps Jens with general maintenance.

Precious Moshokgo - Camp Attendant Precious Moshokgo
Camp Attendant

Precious is from the village of Mathathane, Botswana and originally started helping at Motswiri with her mother, who worked at the camp for many years. When her mother retired, she took over the position of camp attendant. It is her job to ensure that everyone is comfortable in their accommodation. Precious also helps Jane with the cooking when the camp is busy.

Overseas Staff in Sri Lanka

Gishan Perera - Country Director Gishan Perera
Country Director

Gishan became part of the Sri Lankan team in May 2006. Before he joined Projects Abroad, he gained experience in many different fields, such as IT, Agriculture and Travel and Tourism. Gishan took over as the Country Director for Sri Lanka in October 2013, he is a very enthusiastic person who enjoys sharing his knowledge of the Sri Lankan way of life.

Aruni Jayawardane - Teaching & Care Supervisor Aruni Jayawardane
Teaching & Care Supervisor

Aruni, a Sri Lankan who lived in Zambia almost all her life joined Projects Abroad in March 2012. Aruni works closely with all the volunteers who join us for Teaching and Care Projects, supporting them and poviding useful resources. She also plans and conducts workshops for the Teaching and Care Volunteers around the country. Aruni currently spends her leisure time exploring and rediscovering Sri Lanka, as she left when she was just 5 years old!

Anurangana Rajapakse - Project Supervisor Anurangana Rajapakse
Project Supervisor

Anurangana joined Projects Abroad in June 2011. She is responsible for ensuring that volunteers are happy at their accommodation and project. During her spare time Anurangana enjoys spending time with friends, watching movies and martial arts.

Jeyashri Jeyaaseelan  - Volunteer Coordinator Jeyashri Jeyaaseelan
Volunteer Coordinator

Jeyashri joined the Sri Lankan team in December 2013 as a Volunteer Coordinator. Before joining Projects Abroad, she had been working for several humanitarian and development organizations in different capacities. She is an energetic and enthusiastic person who enjoys challenges and achieving goals regardless how difficult they are and believes in democracy and equality. She loves painting and photography.

Claudia Arendse - Volunteer Advisor Claudia Arendse
Volunteer Advisor

Claudia joined Projects Abroad in October 2013. She was born and raised in Cape Town, where she graduated at Cape Peninsula University of Technology with a National Diploma in Tourism Management. She is passionate about working with and meeting different people from different cultures. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, traveling domestically and exploring new places.

Clem van der Merwe - Volunteer Advisor Clem van der Merwe
Volunteer Advisor

Clem was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. With a creative and musical background and having previously worked in the film industry, he craved something more and stumbled upon Projects Abroad. Since then has been the Volunteer Advisor for Cambodia. He enjoys performing music live and growing his life in all areas.

Overseas Staff in Tanzania

Glory Matoi Godfrey - Country Director Glory Matoi Godfrey
Country Director

Glory took over as Tanzania Country Director in October 2012. She previously worked as Desk Officer and Program Coordinator after joining Projects Abroad in June 2010. She enjoys introducing volunteers to Tanzania. Glory has previously spent a year in Germany as a volunteer and has a good command of the language. She is best known around the office for her professional attire, ever-changing hairdos, and love of chocolate.

Moses Phineas - Finance Manager Moses Phineas
Finance Manager

Moses joined the Projects Abroad team in March 2012 as a finance manager. He is in charge of the financial accounts for Tanzania. He lives in Arusha. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports like football, basketball and volleyball.

Jackie Ali - Office Coordinator Jackie Ali
Office Coordinator

Jackie joined Projects Abroad in 2012 as a coordinator for the High School Special program. She now helps in many roles including that of Office Assistant, Social Manager and Volunteer Coordinator for the Human Rights Project. Jackie is the person to ask if you want to know where to shop or where to go in Arusha or Zanzibar. When she's not traveling to Nairobi where she spent her childhood, you can find Jackie singing at her local church.

Victoria Mwela - Development Officer Victoria Mwela
Development Officer

Victoria joined the Projects Abroad Tanzania team in 2011. She was born and raised in Dar es Salaam and now works as the Development Officer in our Dar es Salaam office. Victoria received her Diploma in Hotel Management in England and her Degree in Hospitality Management in Australia. She is married and has one daughter. Victoria enjoys going to the beach, doing charity fun walks, cooking traditional food and traveling.

Georgina Tenga - Medical Coordinator Georgina Tenga
Medical Coordinator

Georgina joined Projects Abroad as the Social Manager in December 2010 after working as a community development officer at a consulting firm. In 2012, she became the Medical Coordinator and is responsible for managing the medical volunteers, educational workshops and medical outreach programs. Georgina received a Master's Degree in Community Development in 2013. During her spare time she enjoys music, crafts, travel, films, books and learning about other cultures.

Angel Hezron - Assistant Medical Coordinator Angel Hezron
Assistant Medical Coordinator

Angel was born and raised in Arusha. She joined the Projects Abroad Tanzania team in 2013 and is now the assistant medical coordinator. Angel loves cooking and reading in her spare time.

Godwin Matee - Medical Project Coordinator Godwin Matee
Medical Project Coordinator

Godwin was born in Moshi, Tanzania but grew up in Dar es Salaam. He has studied in Uganda and was a volunteer in South Africa for two years. He is the Medical Project Coordinator in Dar es Salaam and is famous for his big friendly smile! He likes volleyball, board games and reading, and is also a fully trained electrician.

Irene Francis Munishi - Human Rights Project Coordinator Irene Francis Munishi
Human Rights Project Coordinator

Irene joined Projects Abroad in January 2016. She is in charge of the Human Rights project. She has a Law degree and prior experience working with Community based organizations. She was most recently a legal officer at a firm.

Robert Porokwa - Care & Teaching Coordinator Robert Porokwa
Care & Teaching Coordinator

Robert first joined Projects Abroad in February 2011 as an Assistant Manager. He was born and raised in an area of Tanzania called Engikaret in Longido District. He holds a Bachelor degree in Geography & Environmental Studies from the University of Dar es Salaam. Before joining Projects Abroad he spent four months running an HIV/Aids research project in the Maasai community. He likes traveling, swimming, reading and playing volleyball.

Emanuel Edward Mndeme - Care & Teaching Coordinator Emanuel Edward Mndeme
Care & Teaching Coordinator

Emanuel joined Projects Abroad in August 2013. He is originally from Arusha in Tanzania and studied at St. Augustine University in Mtwara where he achieved a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. Before becoming the Care & Teaching Coordinator, Emanuel was a Volunteer Coordinator. He enjoys his work as it gives him the opportunity to meet interesting people from different backgrounds. Emanuel loves reading books and is very interested in history.

Michael Martin Shirima - Volunteer Coordinator Michael Martin Shirima
Volunteer Coordinator

Michael joined Projects Abroad in January 2016 as a volunteer coordinator. He works closely with volunteers and the host families in Tanzania. He is also in charge of airport pick-ups, so he may very well be the first person you meet in Arusha. Michael has travelled throughout many countries in Africa and loves working with volunteers from all around the world.

Constantine Munishi - Volunteer Coordinator Constantine Munishi
Volunteer Coordinator

Constantine, or Regan as he is known, joined Projects Abroad in May 2010. He is usually the first Projects Abroad face you see at the airport. He also introduces volunteers to their host families. Regan used to work as a chef at a local hotel and is famous for his Regani pizza. His hobbies include watching football, cooking and karaoke.

Elizabeth Makala - Volunteer Coordinator Elizabeth Makala
Volunteer Coordinator

Elizabeth joined Projects Abroad in November 2012 as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Micro-finance Project. She previously worked as the Branch Manager at BRAC Foundation, a micro-finance institution. Elizabeth is interested in learning about different cultures, reading and traveling.

Seleman Pharles - Volunteer Coordinator & Communication Assistant Seleman Pharles
Volunteer Coordinator & Communication Assistant

In June 2014, Seleman joined the Projects Abroad team in Tanzania as a Volunteer Coordinator & Communication Assistant. His main responsibilities include updating the social media sites, interviewing volunteers and planning volunteer socials. Seleman was raised in Shinyanga and Moshi Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. In 2013 he graduated from the University of Dar es Salaam with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Seleman likes going out with his friends and traveling. He also loves reggae music.

Mishka Edross - Volunteer Advisor Mishka Edross
Volunteer Advisor

Mishka joined Projects Abroad as a Volunteer Advisor for Ghana and Tanzania in December 2014. She has a degree in Public Relations Management from Cape Peninsula University of Technology. In her free time she enjoys listening to music, spending time with family and trying new cuisine.

Stacey Ohlhoff - Volunteer Advisor Stacey Ohlhoff
Volunteer Advisor

Stacey grew up and currently lives in Cape Town. She is a very creative person who is always finding new projects to amuse herself with in her spare time, from ceramic sculpture and baking to trawling second hand stores looking for old vinyl records to add to her ever growing collection! From a young age, Stacey has always yearned to work with a purpose and make a change and feels that with Projects Abroad this can be achieved. Stacey is the Volunteer Advisor for Ghana and Tanzania.

Imane Valsan - Volunteer Advisor Imane Valsan
Volunteer Advisor

Imane was born in France. After studying history and literature, she decided to travel to Africa. She is always interested in discovering something new and started working for Projects Abroad in July 2015 as a volunteer advisor.

Gabriela Estrada - Volunteer Advisor Gabriela Estrada
Volunteer Advisor

Gabriela was born in Guadalajara, she has a degree in Foreign Languages. She has worked as an English teacher and translator for several years and she joined the Projects Abroad team in 2016. She loves spending time with her family and friends, reading, going to concerts and cultural events. Gabriela has had the opportunity to travel through South America and Western Europe.

Overseas Staff in Thailand

Parichart Chaipikul (Ant) - Country Director Parichart Chaipikul (Ant)
Country Director

Ant started working as the Director of our teaching and care projects in July 2007 after moving to Krabi from Chang Mai. She used to work in the shipping business. She took over as Thailand Country Director in November 2012. She enjoys working with people from all over the world and in her free time likes travel, photography and spending time with her boyfriend.

Apornpradab Buasi - Volunteer Manager Apornpradab Buasi
Volunteer Manager

Apornpradab, or Nou, as she is known, originally worked for Projects Abroad in Thailand from March 2007 to July 2009, when she left to have a baby. Now that Nou's daughter, Mali is getting older, she has rejoined the staff team from December 2011. Nou enjoys cooking.

Inaam Manuel - Volunteer Advisor Inaam Manuel
Volunteer Advisor

Inaam joined Projects Abroad in January 2014 and is the Volunteer Advisor for Thailand, Vietnam and Belize. Previously, she studied Tourism and Event Management at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She has traveled to the Middle East and Asia. She is a bubbly and loving person, who looks forward to helping volunteers with their up and coming trips.

Natalia Gomez - Volunteer Advisor Natalia Gomez
Volunteer Advisor

Natalia was born in Cordoba, Argentina. She gained a degree in Tourism in 2010 and since then has worked as tour guide, travel agent and receptionist. She enjoys cooking, reading, making new friends and going to music shows or festivals. She has worked and traveled through several countries in South and Central America. Natalia joined Projects Abroad in February 2014.

Andrea Rugo - Marine Biologist Andrea Rugo
Marine Biologist

Andrea was born in Italy and lived in Abu Dhabi during his childhood. He studied Environmental Biology and Marine Ecosystems at the University of Trieste. After obtaining his Master's degree, he started traveling and working in countries such as Brazil, Greece and the Maldives. He first experienced volunteering at an NGO in Cambodia, which got him involved in marine biology field work. He also loves to dive and has obtained his dive instructor certificate.

Wilko Pebesma - Dive Instructor Wilko Pebesma
Dive Instructor

Wilko started working for Projects Abroad Thailand in June 2014. Previously, he worked as a freelance instructor for Projects Abroad and other diving centers. Wilko has been living in Krabi for 5 years and has dived well over a thousand times. Before settling in Thailand, he worked as a social worker in his home country, the Netherlands. In his free time he loves to travel and lives by the phrase “you never stop learning”.

Montira Reijner - Volunteer Coordinator Montira Reijner
Volunteer Coordinator

Montira joined the Projects Abroad Thailand team in September 2014. Having a Dutch father and a Thai mother, allowed her the privilege of experiencing both cultures while growing up. For 8 years she worked as a sales and marketing manager in Brussels, before she joined several Marine Conservation projects in Fiji, Iceland and Vietnam. She is a PADI divemaster and has love for anthropology and conservation. Montira is currently responsible for the Environmental & Climate Change project.

Onnicha Ariyawong (Earb) - Teaching Coordinator Onnicha Ariyawong (Earb)
Teaching Coordinator

Earb joined Projects Abroad in October 2013. As the teaching project coordinator for Thailand, she is passionate about educating Thai children. She is currently studying towards a Master’s degree in Education. She loves to travel, take photographs and read in her spare time.

Vishal Pawa - Conservation Project Manager Vishal Pawa
Conservation Project Manager

‘Vi’ has been part of the Projects Abroad team for three years. He was born in Japan, but is of Indian decent and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Australia. Vi is passionate about wildlife and loves the outdoors. He also enjoys playing soccer with his friends.

Overseas Staff in Togo

Kwame Wayo Adzakpa - Country Director Kwame Wayo Adzakpa
Country Director

Mr Kwame Wayo Adzakpa joined Projects Abroad in March 2008 as Director for Togo. Before this he worked as a full time English teacher. Kwame studied English language teaching in the UK and has experience working with volunteers. He likes writing short stories and English Grammar brochures.

Delphine Akouvi Melley - Volunteer Coordinator Delphine Akouvi Melley
Volunteer Coordinator

Delphine joined the Togo team in February 2009. She studied International Trade and Marketing at University in Lomé. She works closely with the host families, the volunteers and organises the office, as well as introducing volunteers and showing them around Lomé. Delphine likes classic dance and listening to jazz.

Mar Alegre Gonzalez - Volunteer Coordinator Mar Alegre Gonzalez
Volunteer Coordinator

Mar was born and raised in Manresa, Spain. Travelling is one of the things she would like to never stop doing, a passion she got from my parents. That is one of the reasons why she decided to study a degree in English and French studies in order to be able to communicate with people from other parts of the world, and get to know other cultures and different ways of life. After a first volunteering experience in Equatorial Guinea, she realized she wanted to focus her career within the humanitarian sector so she did a Masters programme in International Humanitarian Action. Mar joined Projects Abroad as Volunteer Coordinator in Togo in March 2016 having previously done an internship with a local organisation there.

Emmanuel Doumongue - Medical Project Coordinator Emmanuel Doumongue
Medical Project Coordinator

Emmanuel is a retired medical assistant who joined Projects Abroad in 2011. He worked with the Togolese Health Service for 30 years occupying several technical and administrative posts. He enjoys his current role as it gives him the opportunity to continue indirectly with his work, stay in contact with his colleagues and be a part of positive changes in the system. Emmanuel is interested in soccer, boxing and politics.

Imane Valsan - Volunteer Advisor Imane Valsan
Volunteer Advisor

Imane was born in France. After studying history and literature, she decided to travel to Africa. She is always interested in discovering something new and started working for Projects Abroad in July 2015 as a volunteer advisor.

Jonatan Torres - Volunteer Advisor Jonatan Torres
Volunteer Advisor

Jonatan was born in Guadalajara and he has lived there all his life. He studied international business at the University of Guadalajara and joined Projects Abroad in 2014. He enjoys going to the cinema, listening to music, reading, going out with his friends and learning about different cultures. Jonatan is passionate about football and his biggest dream is to visit as many countries as he can.

Overseas Staff in Vietnam

Phuong Linh - Country Director Phuong Linh
Country Director

Phuong Linh was born in Hanoi. Prior to joining Projects Abroad she worked for a Canadian NGO. She graduated from the Academy of Finance in Hanoi and gained an MBA from the United Business Institute in Brussels. In her free time she enjoys traveling, learning new things and going to yoga classes.

Diep Bui - Office Administrator Diep Bui
Office Administrator

Diep joined Projects Abroad Vietnam in October 2012. She studied International Studies where she found her interest in social work. She loves music, traveling and learning about different cultures.

Inaam Manuel - Volunteer Advisor Inaam Manuel
Volunteer Advisor

Inaam joined Projects Abroad in January 2014 and is the Volunteer Advisor for Thailand, Vietnam and Belize. Previously, she studied Tourism and Event Management at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She has traveled to the Middle East and Asia. She is a bubbly and loving person, who looks forward to helping volunteers with their up and coming trips.

Claudia Arendse - Volunteer Advisor Claudia Arendse
Volunteer Advisor

Claudia joined Projects Abroad in October 2013. She was born and raised in Cape Town, where she graduated at Cape Peninsula University of Technology with a National Diploma in Tourism Management. She is passionate about working with and meeting different people from different cultures. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, traveling domestically and exploring new places.

Viet Dao - Project Coordinator Viet Dao
Project Coordinator

Viet joined Projects Abroad in April 2014. He has a background in public health and five years’ experience working on community medical and environmental health projects. He is passionate about helping people in need and in his free time he likes reading, traveling and playing sport.

Anh Pham - Project Coordinator Anh Pham
Project Coordinator

Anh is a Project Coordinator in Vietnam and has been working for Projects Abroad since April 2014. She completed her university studies in Switzerland. Anh loves children and is passionate about helping her community.

Christopher McVicker - Volunteer Coordinator Christopher McVicker
Volunteer Coordinator

Chris started as a Volunteer Coordinator in July 2016. Before working with Projects Abroad he taught English in China and worked for a biotechnology company in England. He worked for NGOs, charities and volunteer organisations in India, Tanzania, Kenya, England and Zimbabwe and has a Masters Degree in International Development from the University of Sheffield. Chris is originally from the UK and has travelled widely across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and North America. In his spare time he loves to explore new places, watch films and try new food.

Viet Duc - Volunteer Assistant Viet Duc
Volunteer Assistant

Viet was born in Hanoi. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Hanoi University Of Business and Technology in Vietnam. Viet works as a volunteer assistant for the Projects Abroad office in Vietnam. In his spare time he enjoys reading, watching movies and meeting new people.

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