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MEET THE TRAVELLERS UK TEAM


Jennifer Perkes | Managing Director, Co-Founder

Jennifer and her husband, Phil, set up Travellers together back in 1994, driven by their mutual enjoyment of travelling, their love of animals and their desire to help disadvantaged children. When Phil died unexpectedly in August 2004, Jennifer carried out Phil's wish and set up a non-profit Foundation whose objectives are to help threatened animals and to improve the lives of disadvantaged children.

The photo is of camera-shy Jen showing excited children on one of Travellers' projects in South Africa the photo she had just taken of them. Jen's hobbies include messing around on computers, music, writing, playing with her dog and trying to find time to smell life's roses!

Andrew Kemp | Operations Director

Andrew volunteered with Travellers in South Africa in 2002, teaching English and Design Technology to township children. He has been working in the volunteer travel sector since 2003 and his work in Travellers has taken him to most of our destination countries. He has travelled to over 50 countries worldwide across six continents. He spent a few years as Destination Manager for Australia and New Zealand, where he met and married his wife.

Andrew is responsible for our overseas development and ensuring that Travellers operates within the Company's mission statement, regulatory frameworks and that quality standards are maintained to their highest level in all our programmes and destinations.

Mark Johnson | Business Director

Mark joined Travellers in 2010 and comes from an extensive Marketing background. He is tasked with getting the great projects that Travellers has to offer in front of as many people as possible.

Having gotten the long distance travel bug out of his system, Mark likes to holiday with his wife and five children closer to home now and is on track to conquer Europe. He's a big animal lover and has a bizarre sense of humour - he drives everyone in the office crazy!

Gerardo Cardinale | Financial Director

""I joined Travellers nearly 6 years ago and I am thoroughly enjoying working here as the atmosphere is very friendly and relaxed. I enjoy interacting with the teams, here and overseas, with our volunteers and I also enjoy the variety of tasks within my main duties.

There is nothing more satisfying than spending time with family, having a nice meal and obviously, being Italian ... a nice bottle of red wine! :-) I have been living in the UK about 37 years and have no intention of moving back to Italy, especially as I love spending time with my four grandchildren."

Liz Tratt | Project Co-ordinator

Liz joined Travellers in 2005 and is a wealth of knowledge on most of our destinations and projects, making her an excellent source of information for our volunteers. Liz is very well liked by staff and project members alike, and very much loved by the children in the schools she deals with - when she visited the Travellers project at a primary school in a small Zulu village in South Africa, she was overwhelmed by the welcome she received from the kids ... She still tears up when she thinks about them (Liz is a big softie!).

Liz is the Senior Project Co-ordinator for Malaysia and handles one of our most popular programmes – Orang-utan Conservation programme in Borneo. The project very much suits her big heart.

Ivy Adams | Sales Manager, Project Co-ordinator

Ivy came to Travellers as an intern during her Tourism Management course at Bournemouth University. As part of her placement she was required to do a 40 week work placement, which she duly completed. She returned to University and at the end of her studies, she returned to Travellers as a full-time member of the team ... and we are thrilled to have her back again!

Ivy was born in Ghana, so she's a natural to be dealing with Ghana and helping all our volunteers who go there. She is also Project Co-ordinator for a few of our other destination countries as well, and has recently taken on some marketing responsibility, too, which has very much benefited from her organisational skills.

Ivy has a passion for shopping and is a bit of a book worm with a particular love for Crime thrillers. Her laughter fills the office - she's full of fun, with a great sense of humour. We all love her to bits.

Gemma Stevens | Project Co-ordinator

'Gemma joined Travellers early in 2016. After completing her TEFL qualification she spent 7 months teaching English in China, which she thoroughly enjoyed and hopes to go back and visit one day. Teaching English to children was a challenge which she loved. Being able to experience an upside down world of culture is something she will never forget.

She has recently returned from backpacking around New Zealand, where she explored the north and south island... facing her fear of heights by going skydiving!

Gemma loves travelling and couldn't think of a better place to work where she gets to send people off on their own adventures around the world, whilst making a difference in local communities.

Charlotte Whitehead | Project Co-ordinator, Marketing Assistant

Charlotte recently returned from co-ordinating volunteer projects in South Africa. Through her time there, she saw the direct positive impact that each and every volunteer had within the local community. Having achieved a Masters in Drama and Theatre studies in 2012, she developed a successful drama project which engaged local children and young children - sparking their creativity, building their confidence and nurturing their learning.

Charlotte's excited to be part of Travellers, which puts making a difference at the heart of its ethos. She's looking forward to helping you get started on your new adventure! Having travelled extensively, she has got great insider knowledge and tips about travelling and volunteering. In her spare time she tries to find open water in which to surf or stand up paddle board!

"I was first bitten by the volunteering bug in 2007 and I haven't looked back! Being a volunteer is exciting, perspective changing and rewarding. Yes, it can be challenging but with bags of enthusiasm and a can-do attitude - anything is possible. You can be the change you want to see in the world."

Amy Barrass | Administration Assistant

After working at a summer camp in America teaching Sailing and Kayaking, Amy worked at a Special Needs school before joining Travellers Worldwide in October 2016. She has a passion for sports especially Badminton, Cycling and Running, and helps to run a local Badminton Club.

She loves travel and after travelling to America and interrailing through Europe, she hopes to plan lots more adventures worldwide!

Amielle Fischli | Programme Consultant

Amielle is Swiss-South African, brought up in South Africa and currently lives in the USA. She helps with recruitment, marketing and PR. She has a passion for dancing and cooking and when she's not on her laptop, she's either choreographing or practicing her cooking skills. She's been dancing for over 15 years and also has a degree in Fine Art Photography. She also loves books and music.

"Why I love working for Travellers Worldwide - Because every single day that I speak to an enquiry or a volunteer, I know indirectly I have just changed their lives and improved the project they have chosen. Every single action I make impacts someone’s life. I make new friends every day. Who could not love their job? Travellers isn’t a company it’s a family and that makes the difference."

The Canine Contributors

Well, not actually sure about "Contributors" ... haven't seen too much of that yet. But they do eat a lot, so maybe they should be known as the "Canine Consumers"!

Kizzie the Retriever can most be seen hanging around next to Gemma (she pats her a lot!) or Mark, who she adores, and Suki, the Jack Russell, is mostly found in any bin scrounging after food! Her loyalty is wide-ranging, encompassing anyone who'll give her a treat!

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