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.

Jim Morel | Project Co-ordinator

A South African born and bred, Jim has been with us for over 14 years and is the fountain of all South Africa knowledge. Having been our Country Manager for many years in South Africa, he has now moved across to Ireland. Before working with us he established an amazing Seahorse Project in Knysna. The Knysna Seahorse can only be found in the Knysna Estuary in the Western Cape. Jim established a programme aimed at restoring its habitat and educating the public... he even won an award for his efforts.

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."

Linnea Miland Aarstad | Project Co-ordinator, Administrator

Linnea is from Norway and a couple of years ago, while she was studying Cultural Psychology in Bali, she discovered just how much she loves travelling and exploring new cultures. She recently moved to England after spending the last two years working in Australia, mostly spent in Sydney and Melbourne. Her best memory from Australia is strangely from when she spent three months slaving away on a banana farm covered in spiders and cockroaches. She travelled both islands of New Zealand in a camper-van before she returned home and she plans on one day doing the same thing around Europe.

Joanna May | Project Coordinator, Administrator

After working as a camp counsellor at a summer camp in America teaching children about exotic animals and outdoor Activities, Joanna then returned the following summer as a senior member of staff, arranging the staff and camper’s classes. She loved her experience in America and really enjoyed her travels around the States afterwards. From this she decided to Travel Australia for 6 months, including backpacking up the East Coast and living and working in Sydney. Joanna enjoys organising and loves the idea of helping others gain amazing and life changing experiences!

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 found hanging around next to 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!