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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 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 The Philippines.

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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 both of our Sri Lanka programmes, and our Cambodia programme.

BEN MARRION - OPERATIONS MANAGER

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BEN MARRION - OPERATIONS MANAGER

Ben’s love for travel began when he was 18 when he spent a year teaching on the Caribbean island of Roatan. Ben then went on to help run a gap year company specialising in voluntary work programmes in South America, regularly taking groups of students to Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Chile. After a foray into the world of accounting, Ben decided it was time to build overseas travel back into his career. He now manages our programmes in both Ghana and Nepal.

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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 two popular Tanzania programmes. He has worked across the entire world, having lived in 5 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. 

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.

RACHEL MILLS - OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATOR

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RACHEL MILLS - OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATOR

Rachel joined the team in 2015 as our second Operations Administrator. With destinations like Eygptian Pyramids, Morocco, Canada, the USA, much of Europe and 6 weeks in the Amazon under her belt, she knows a thing or two about organising trips. At Work the World, Rachel is in constant communication with students to help them prepare for their trips and, like the encyclopaedia of knowledge that she is, answers any and all questions relating to our programmes.

James O'Grady - Head of Sales

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James O'Grady - Head of Sales

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

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LYNSEY MOORE - DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

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.

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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.

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JOE JAMIESON - MARKETING MANAGER

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JOE JAMIESON - MARKETING MANAGER

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 Marketing Manager. 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. 

CLAUDIA BARNETT - DIGITAL PR EXECUTIVE

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CLAUDIA BARNETT - DIGITAL PR EXECUTIVE

Claudia joined Work the World’s Global Marketing Team after honing her PR skills in London and New York. Her deep knowledge of travel and lifestyle has seen her working with a range of established travel organisations, as well as feeding her inner travel-bug – recent trips to Rome and Singapore were some of her favourites. In her own time Claudia puts the rest of us to shame; she's currently training for the London Marathon. Next on her list is the Amsterdam Marathon – nothing to do with how flat it is over there, of course! 

OLIVER HAYNES - Elective Consultant

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OLIVER HAYNES - Elective Consultant

Oli's role at Work the World aligns his passions for travel, language and International immersion. Extensive travel throughout Europe, North America and Asia has seen him working on immersion, advocacy and outreach projects with low-resource communities. He's also such a fan of The Philippines he took it upon himself to learn the local language. When he's in the office, Oli helps 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.

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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.