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OMAR MOHAMED - DIRECTOR

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OMAR MOHAMED - DIRECTOR

Prior to co-founding Work the World in 2005, Omar worked in the gap year industry promoting responsible travel for six years. His career has involved working for extensive periods of time in eleven destinations, which span North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. During this time Omar was arranging, developing and overseeing work-experience projects in the fields of social welfare, education, health and conservation.

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FAYE CLONAN - DIRECTOR

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FAYE CLONAN - DIRECTOR

Faye joined the team as Operations Director in 2009 and following a successful two years building up an incredible placement portfolio, has moved into the role of co-Director of the organisation. She oversees all aspects of our service to make sure that you have an outstanding elective experience. Having spent time in Africa, Asia and South America, Faye has many years experience in the travel industry and has worked with students on healthcare, education, social and conservation projects around the world.

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ROBERT GIDDINGS - OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

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ROBERT GIDDINGS - OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Rob joined Work the World in 2010 as the Africa Operations Manager, and the success of our Tanzania programmes are a tribute to his efforts — he even learned Swahili! Now, as the Head of Operations, Rob has been both building and managing our global programmes since 2010. Working closely with our team of Operations Managers, Rob ensures all our programmes offer the best placements possible, maintaining our multiple hospital partnerships. Prior to joining the team, Rob specialised in teaching English to foreign students, spending two years in Japan and two in South Korea. 

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REBECCA LAPPER - OPERATIONS MANAGER

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REBECCA LAPPER - OPERATIONS MANAGER

Becky joined Work the World after completing a Masters in Responsible Tourism Management. Brought up in Malawi and Zambia, Becky’s eclectic work life has ranged from crocodile watching on the Zambezi, working in an AIDS clinic, running a raucous music pub in Kilkenny, to working as a resort manager in Ibiza for nine years. Her love for all things travel-related continues with Becky's present role as Operations Manager for our programmes in Zambia, Vietnam and Ghana. 

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COLIN RICHARDSON - OPERATIONS MANAGER

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COLIN RICHARDSON - OPERATIONS MANAGER

Colin joined Work the World in 2014 to continue his pursuit of global adventure. Originally from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, his love of adventure began with competing at national and international level as part of the National Sailing Squad. Stints at the London Olympics further fuelled a passion for life that Colin brings into his role at Work the World. Colin oversees our programmes in Nepal and Cambodia.

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CHRIS BENEYTO - OPERATIONS MANAGER

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CHRIS BENEYTO - OPERATIONS MANAGER

After 8 years working in the mining industry, Chris decided it was time for a change.  Joining the team in 2014, he now oversees our programmes in Mexico, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. He has worked across the entire world, having lived in five countries and visited scores more.  When not working, Chris is a committed foodie, enjoys languages (speaking four fluently), politics, martial arts and chatting about a vast array of subjects.

TIM MILNES - OPERATIONS MANAGER

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TIM MILNES - OPERATIONS MANAGER

Having worked as an Operations Manager during seven winter seasons in France, Switzerland and Austria, Tim joins Work the World with an abundance of experience. He is now responsible for our programmes in the Philippines, Peru and Indonesia.  Tim has either backpacked or lived in Colombia, Ecuador, the Galapagos, Peru, Malaysia, Borneo, Australia, New Zealand… the list goes on. Tim loves skiing, trekking, and football, and is currently learning Spanish.

LEAH STAY - OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATOR

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LEAH STAY - OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATOR

Leah joined Work the World in March 2013. Her background lies within the travel industry, more specifically skiing, where she spent 5 years organising ski holidays for school groups. Prior to that Leah's passion for travel led her to spend 5 months living and working in a French ski resort. Leah is responsible for our welcome, pre-departure and feedback calls as well as helping with student queries relating to all aspects of their time overseas.

James O'Grady - Head of Global Development

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James O'Grady - Head of Global Development

Over the last 15 years, James built his own outsourced sales and marketing company with multiple locations across the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands. After sale of the business and a year long sabbatical taking in Thailand and New Zealand, James worked with a seed funded technology start up in London ,working with them until series A investment. Joining Work the World in October 2017, he heads up our business development and sales operations across all markets.

LYNSEY MOORE - DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (UK)

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LYNSEY MOORE - DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (UK)

Lynsey joined Work the World in 2015 after spending ten years working in the travel industry. After graduating from university in Bristol, she spent 14 months travelling the globe visiting Asia, Indonesia, Australasia and South America. Lynsey is responsible for overseeing all placement interests and works closely with Alasdair ensuring our prospective students are heading to the right Work the World location for their electives.

ALASDAIR THOMPSON - ELECTIVE CONSULTANT

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ALASDAIR THOMPSON - ELECTIVE CONSULTANT

After graduating, Alasdair spent 2 years travelling extensively around southern Africa. He then moved to Brighton, where he accrued experience across a wide variety of roles within ski tour operating. Joining Work the World in May 2013, Alasdair is now an expert in guiding our prospective candidates towards their perfect elective, sharing his enthusiasm for all of our fantastic destinations. In his spare time, Alasdair is a keen skier and cycler.

Rosy Everitt - Elective Consultant

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Rosy Everitt - Elective Consultant

A Brightonian through and through, Rosy has worked in the travel industry for over 10 years. Responsible travel is very close to her heart, so Work the World was a great fit. She has travelled the world, visiting all but one continent—Antarctica, which is well and truly on her bucket list.

ANDREW LEE - INTERNSHIP CONSULTANT

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ANDREW LEE - INTERNSHIP CONSULTANT

Andrew was born in Liverpool but has since lived and worked in Europe for more than 30 years in both sales and operations. Andrew joined Work the World in May 2019 and helps students choose which placement suits their clinical goals. In his spare time Andrew has a passion for cooking, music and going to festivals.

Beth Cureton - Events Executive

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Beth Cureton - Events Executive

Beth joined Work the World in 2019, with a varied backround ranging from studying medicine to Spanish and linguistics! Her love for Spanish language and culture took her to Madrid where she lived for five years teaching English. Beth has also been on life-changing trips to Mozambique and Malawi as part of healthcare-improvement programmes, and in her spare time is a Bachata dancer, performer and teacher!

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SABINE DERKSEN - DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (NL)

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SABINE DERKSEN - DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (NL)

Sabine is our Development Manager for The Netherlands and Belgium. With a brother living in Bangkok and adventurous parents, traveling isn’t unfamiliar to her. Getting a flavour for travel in Mexico, she's since checked South Africa, Botswana, Thailand, The Philippines, Sri Lanka and Peru off her list. With enthusiasm for all of our fantastic destinations, Sabine is responsible for guiding our prospective candidates towards their perfect placement.

Alison Mead - DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (AUS)

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Alison Mead - DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (AUS)

Alison joined Work the World in 2019 with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the travel sector gathered over more than 24 years in the industry. She spent some time as a tour leader in Asia before taking a few years to travel the world. Alison loves getting lost in bustling markets, learning local languages, and discovering hidden treasures in lesser-known spots. She now leads our Australia and New Zealand team, helping students pick the placement that suits their clinical goals and taste in adventure.

AISHA PACHOUD - ELECTIVE CONSULTANT

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AISHA PACHOUD - ELECTIVE CONSULTANT

Born and bred in New Zealand, Aisha moved to Melbourne four years ago, and is now a key part of our Australian team. She's worked as a Travel Manager for a hostel, and has travelled extensively throughout New Zealand taking adventure in her stride, which includes third highest bungee jump in the world. Aisha has also travelled throughout Southeast Asia and adores street food. Aisha's role at Work the World is focused on guiding prospective travellers to their perfect healthcare placement.

Myer Henderson - Internship Consultant (US)

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Myer Henderson - Internship Consultant (US)

Myer joined Work the World in 2018, bringing with him extensive experience in international program management and experiential travel. Over the past 15 years he has worked with global travel brands and university programs throughout Latin America and Europe. Fluent in Spanish and a passionate advocate for international education, he also enjoys surfing and exploring America's national parks.

Sam Stanton - Internship Consultant

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Sam Stanton - Internship Consultant

Sam was born and bred in Oxford, then spent a span in London working in research and business development before finally settling in Brighton to join Work the World. Sam is English, Indonesian and Malaysian — he even lived in Malaysia and became fluent in Bahasa Melayu. Naturally he loves travelling, with Thailand high up on his list. He's also a fan of the UK football (soccer) team Liverpool FC.

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MARTIN SAMUELS - OFFICE MANAGER

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MARTIN SAMUELS - OFFICE MANAGER

Martin is originally from Lancashire and has spent the last 10 years living the glamorous lifestyle of a semi-professional musician; sleeping on strangers floors and travelling the country in the back of a poorly insulated van were just some of the highlights. In searching for a healthier lifestyle, Martin moved to Brighton and joined the team soon after. As well as managing the office (very efficiently), he is responsible for processing new bookings, date changes, ensuring applicants get their documentation to us on time.

AMELIA SEARLE - ADMINISTRATOR

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AMELIA SEARLE - ADMINISTRATOR

Amelia joined Work the World in 2015. Working most recently as an administrator and HR advisor in her hometown of Kent, Amelia decided that it was time to up sticks and live beside the sea - a wise decision. She spends her days helping students with pre-departure preparations, completing various university forms and keeping the Head Office Team well caffeinated.

CAROL BOLGER - HEAD OF MARKETING

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CAROL BOLGER - HEAD OF MARKETING

Carol joined Work the World in 2016 having spent over 8 years working within the travel industry, more specifically marketing summer and winter activity holidays as well as educational group trips. She now leads Work the World's global Marketing team. Carol caught the travel bug while back packing around Asia in her mid-twenties and has since travelled through India, Nepal, Japan, North America and most recently, Ghana.

NATALIE WITHAM - MARKETING MANAGER

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NATALIE WITHAM - MARKETING MANAGER

Prior to joining Work the World in 2018, Natalie worked in the travel industry for eight years. She has a background in operations stemming from five years spent working in the French Alps, where her passion for skiing also developed. Natalie then spent time developing her marketing skills, and joined Work the World as our Marketing Manager. Natalie has also spent time travelling through countries like Mexico, Singapore, Thailand, and French Polynesia.

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JOE JAMIESON - CONTENT DEVELOPER

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JOE JAMIESON - CONTENT DEVELOPER

Joe joined Work the World in 2014 after hammering out a career in digital marketing and copywriting working for some of the travel industry’s most notable brands. Today, Joe's depth of understanding of both the digital landscape and the famous Work the World service have earned him the title of Content Developer. Having travelled extensively, Joe's favourite experiences include a 4-month jaunt around Thailand, living and working in Tokyo, a tour of Europe’s finest, and an eye-opening interval in Morocco. Next up, Mexico. 

MEGAN DILLON - MARKETING EXECUTIVE

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MEGAN DILLON - MARKETING EXECUTIVE

Megan joined Work the World in 2019 following a five-year stint at one of Brighton’s leading digital marketing agencies. After graduating with a psychology degree, Megan spent a summer backpacking around Croatia. Having developed a taste for travel, Megan later took a year out to travel through Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia, then India, Sri Lanka, and South East Asia before finishing up in New Zealand.