Our facilitators are located worldwide, from 6 of the 7 continents, representing over 40 countries, with fluency in multiple languages. Their identities vary in age, ethnicity, gender, and religion. We strongly believe in the value of diversity and inclusion. Our team continues to grow and develop through empowering this within our teams and communities. Facilitators have a variety of skills and certifications, but the minimum First Aid requirement is a WAFA certification for any Experiences program. Higher levels of wilderness medical certifications are required for our more remote programs. Many of our facilitators are certified lifeguards, divemasters, single pitch instructors, swift water rescue technicians, mountain leadership award recipients, international award experts, etc. We provide staff training for all team members on child protection/safeguarding and risk management. With pride and honor, we have these incredible individuals on our team! Enjoy reading their stories below.
Khae (Ponpapatch) grew up in a small town in the northeastern of Thailand. Born and raised as a normal Thai, when 15, she went for her dream to be an exchange student in USA for a year. After graduated from Urban Community Development, she threw herself into social development. She was an English teacher with Teach For Thailand for 2 years to develop her belief in human growth and join NGO to develop Life Skills for youth in contact with laws. These experiences confirmed her belief that each and every one is capable of bringing positive change to the society. She loves to work with youth leaders, adult trainings and all kinds of activities invloving the nature. She also writes, sings and heals.
Ashley Derick MacDonald
Ashley was born and raised in Chennai city located in Tamil Nadu, India. He now lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand. With two master’s degrees; one in social work and the other in human rights, he has over 5 years of experience working with nonprofits in South Asia and SEA in the development and human rights field. He grew up as a boy scout in India and enjoys spending time outdoors. He loves meeting, interacting and befriending new people. These interactions help him learn new perspectives through their experiences, cultures and practices. Ashley enjoys music and strumming a few chords on the guitar by himself to feel, live and appreciate solitude. He takes joy in hosting friends for dinner parties and cooking for them. He likes to overcome fears by confronting them and Scuba Diving was one of them.
MacKenzie has worked with refugees in the USA, Jordan, Greece, and India. She believes in the power of service to catalyze young people into empowered global leaders. MacK is an advocate of interdisciplinary study and systems thinking and is interested in how environmental and sustainability issues affect human health and security. MacK has degrees in business management and in neurobiology and is currently studying social innovation and sustainability at Thammasat University in Thailand. When she’s not studying, MacK loves riding horses, rock climbing, and standing on her hands.
Suchat Niha (Tem)
“Everyone is unique and special in their own way,” said Tem. He was born in the smallest city in the South of Thailand called Ranong. Growing up in a city of mountains and seas made him fall in love with nature and the environment. He once received a scholarship from a Japanese government to study in Japan for a year as an exchange student. It made him interested in culture, people, arts, and history. He is now a fourth year student in the programme called GSSE (Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship) at Thammasat University, Thailand. Throughout his college time, he has been doing a lot of activities in and outside the university. He is passionate about education, history, and likes to discuss social issues. And if you want to discuss Harry Potter, then he is the one you can talk to.
Magdalena (Mag) Michalczuk
Thidarat Srimanas (Jing)
Pimpilai Sonia Rumthum
Nguyen Ngoc My Linh
Chutima (C) Nutyra
Suthasiny "Moh" Sudprasert
Yohanes Batista Hanes
Arienta Gita Wardhani
Kevin A. Aertsen
Andreas Patria Krisna
Larissa is an experiential learner and health innovation strategist, dedicated to community engagement and global exploration. Her passions lie in connecting with diverse individuals and identifying areas of strategic collaboration, empowerment & support. She’s completed her BSc in Population & Quantitative Health at SFU with specialties in gerontology, social equity, and health management, and currently works as the Business Development Associate at an immuno-oncolytic therapeutics R&D company called Virogin Biotech, and assists local businesses and non-profits with developing effective digital marketing & communications strategies. Larissa enjoys traveling, photography and learning about life-hacking and innovative systems change.
Nigel is an artist, facilitator, convener, and writer based in Vancouver, BC. He brings insights from his diverse experiences with hip hop, public health and social innovation to his work as a facilitator. In addition to the above-mentioned pursuits, Nigel is also an experienced voice narrator and emerging screen actor.
Satish Man Pati
Satish came from very humble beginnings – not of a mountaineering or Sherpa family or clan – and through hard work, a consistently positive attitude and a true passion for the mountains, he has built his life as a highly respected mountaineer and guide.
His story is compelling in light of Nepal’s many faces. On one hand, a mountain tourism mecca with Mount Everest presiding over breathtakingly high and beautiful peaks, and on the other an earthquake-prone country of devastating poverty – still trying to recover after 2015’s massive quake devastation.
He has summited Mount Everest (8848m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Manaslu (8163m), Lobuche Peak (6145m), Ama Dablam (6858m), Mera Peak (6476m), Island Peak (6160m), Nireka Peak (6159m) and many more. He also climbed Mount Denali (6190m) in Alaska where he participated in a National Park Exchange program, doing ranger patrols on Denali, in the Grand Tetons, and in Yosemite USA, supported by the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation.
He also has a great passion for working with young people from International Schools in South East Asia, with focus on personal development and experiential learning in the mountains.
Lois is originally from the south coast of Wales but feels privileged to have been able to call Cambodia home for the last five years. She spent two years living in the Cardamom Mountains in the rainforest running an eco-lodge and taking guests on adventurous activities such as trekking and kayaking. These days she is settled in Kampot and enjoys being part of the community there. She has a passion for running and adventure and enjoys competing or exploring off the beaten track with her running shoes and a race pack at sunrise or sunset. Lois holds an MA in the developmental and therapeutic use of play and is experienced in using the outdoor environment for educational or therapeutic means. She is also an activity facilitator for climbing, kayaking, mountaineering, and yoga.
Born in Florida and raised with love, Darby grew up adventuring. From trying to make homemade ravioli to biking across the southeast, she believes that anything can be a glorious adventure to be learned from if treated right. She attended the University of Florida for Visual Arts, specifically printmaking, which she likes to think of as a degree in creative, out of the box, thinking. After college, she “worked” as a Lego master builder, building large scale Lego sculptures now on exhibit all over the world. But sending Legos all around the world was not enough, Darby wanted to see the world too. She moved to Thailand to teach English for a year and has been traveling ever since. She has worked with youth both in and out of the classroom, leading outdoor adventure programs all over the US and internationally, she is excited to be joining us at JUMP!
Phanupong Somboon (BO)
After graduating from Phitsanulok University with a B.A. in Tourism Industry, Bo has been a rock climbing and outdoor educator for 6 years and has enjoyed every minute of it. Over the last 4 years, he’s had the opportunity to work with international students around the world – helping them explore Thailand and giving them the ability to get in touch with his home country’s culture, nature, community, and lifestyle. He hasn’t only stayed in Thailand but has had the chance to go to China and has had other adventures throughout SE Asia – immersing himself in cultures and languages along the way.
Fearless to the ‘T’ and a driver by nature, Neha has a Masters in Psychology with over 10 years of outbound training and leadership experience. She truly believes that the way to learn is through one’s experience and thus the close nit association with Experiential Education. She has extensive experience in leading groups in wilderness settings, facilitating life skills and curriculum-based programs. Most of her experience has been in leading education programs in various settings with children across various age groups and of both rural and urban backgrounds. She holds a trainers certification in Outdoor Ethics with Leave No Trace, is a certified instructor in Experiential Learning, certified Wilderness First Responder, and an advanced scuba diver. Her other interests include fire poi, outdoor course design, community service and seeks to be challenged in all aspects of work.
Academic curiosity and a passion to share his international perspective are core values shape the way Chris communicates and how he wishes to inspire through education. Chris’ first exposure to China came as a student abroad in Shanghai and Yunnan during the 2012 – 2013 school year, culminating in a short research project for his Cultural Anthropology thesis written in NW Yunnan. Princeton in Asia invited Chris back to China for two years of a service-based fellowship after graduating from the University of Oregon, where he taught several humanities classes at Shihezi University in Xinjiang and played a substantial role in the Linden Centre’s Travel Curating and Programming departments in Yunnan from 2015 – 2017.
Mandy was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. She completed a degree in Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology). She worked with children and families as a speech pathologist for 2 years but went through her quarter-life crisis where she questioned her passion for this field. In 2016 she realized how her passion started to shift towards empowering and the journey of young women to discovering their true identity. This passion led to moving to Melbourne, Australia and founding an organization called Twnty Something. Twnty Something is a movement to empower young women to become their full and complete selves in today’s world, where it tells women how they should act and look. She achieves this through her social media presence and face to face workshops run throughout Melbourne. Mandy is excited to see Twnty Something grow from strength to strength and continue to empower young women across the world.
Peter has been working with international schools for over two years and helped thousands of students from all over the world to explore nature, the outdoors and also teach them new skills during different activities. These include rock climbing, kayaking, and archery to name a few. His passion for the outdoors comes from trying to get students out of their comfort zone, challenging themselves and building their confidence. During winter, Peter works in a resort as a skiing instructor, he teaches all different ages and different ski abilities. He is constantly looking for ways to better educate and run outdoor experiences. He is also a qualified WAFA, WFR, Leave No Trace Trainer and Level 1 PSIA instructor.
Joshua was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Developed a passion for football at the age of 7. He has been playing football ever since and wanted to become a football player. Over time he made many other sports his life and decided to major in Sports and Exercise Science in college and university. While studying he was really interested in Rock Climbing, so working in a local gym called Camp5 was the best thing to do. There, he has been guiding people and teaching children how to climb. After graduation he worked for an events company, but when JUMP! called him up to be on one of their programs, Joshua left his full-time job, and been on a growth curve with JUMP! ever since. While not on JUMP! Programs, he does advertisements as well as manage event in Malaysia.
George lived a nomadic life as a child, his parents’ work meant that he got to live in Hong Kong, Cyprus, and Saudi Arabia all before he was 10 years old. He eventually moved back to his native England and stayed there until he finished his school life. George graduated from the University of Plymouth with a degree in Marine Biology, and so the natural next step was to work in the Swiss Alps. Since finishing University, George has been involved in outdoor and experiential education in Switzerland, England, Spain and is adding to that list by coming to South East Asia. George also spent 3 months this year working with a charity based on developing businesses and entrepreneurs in a quiet rural town in the Kenyan Highlands. George is a huge football fan (it’s the one thing he misses about home) and loves basically any sport.
Kristen grew up about an hour north of Toronto, Canada. After spending a summer in Northern Ontario when she was 16, going on canoe trips, helping maintain a provincial park, and learning how important it is to get outside of your comfort zone, she embraced her love for adventure. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Social Sciences, and in 2012 decided to relocate to Jaipur, India for six months. She worked as a Blogger and ESL teacher while traveling as much as she could around the country. In 2014 she moved to Seoul, South Korea to teach English. Kristen has lived in Seoul for almost three years (minus a few months here and there spent traveling and visiting home) and is excited to apply her experience to being a JUMP! facilitator, as well as continue to learn about different cultures and contribute to the personal development of youth. In her spare time, she loves eating all foods, reading, writing, exploring, doing yoga, and dreaming of being a surfer (she’s done it twice but will someday be a real surfer girl).
When not Jumping with JUMP!, Rowan is currently living in Australia teaching Outdoor Education and working in various schools as a relief teacher. He has been involved in Outdoor Education for the past 6 years of his life in various parts of the states and the world! When Rowan is not working for JUMP! he loves doing just about anything outside. Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, and rock climbing are a couple of his favorites.
David started his career in Outdoor Education 5 years ago, studying at TAFE Western in Australia’s Blue Mountains. He has worked for numerous Outdoor Education and cultural immersion organizations in Australia and enjoys showing groups of young people the beauty of the natural landscape and teaching students about the indigenous people of Australia. David has also hiked in Nepal, snorkeled in Fiji, portaged in Canada, cycled through Laos and backpacked through more countries than he can remember. He is currently living in Laos and looking forward to facilitating with JUMP this season in the Southeast Asia region.
Fab was born in San José, Costa Rica where he developed his love for the outdoors and nature. He loves being active and outdoors because he finds himself best in nature. He is convinced that learning how to respect yourself, nature, and other perspectives leads to a better world. It was upon traveling to Asia that he found his passion for Outdoor education. He knows that there is no better way to improve and grow than to step outside of his comfort zone and face his fears one at the time, always with a positive mindset. He has been also working in Central America, leading experiential learning trips in Costa Rica and Panamá. Fab also holds the Wilderness First Responder, First Aid and CPR, Technical Ropes Rescue: Operations, International Rafting Federation Guide Class III and PADI Open Waters Scuba Diver certifications as well as the Instructor`s Judgment and Sea Kayak Training.
Conrad’s passion for working with youth and the outdoors began at camp in Wisconsin. While going to university to study marketing Conrad spent his summers as a camp counselor and the school year working at the Boys and Girls club. After graduating, moving to Texas, and using his degree to work for a company selling advertising he knew he had to find something more meaningful. He took some time to explore Southeast Asia, before returning to the Midwest where he travels to grade schools teaching leadership lessons to students. Conrad has facilitated trips in Fiji and the Colorado Rockies. Conrad believes in living in the moment, making the best out of any situation, and helping others find their passion. He is thrilled to be a part of this community and facilitate with JUMP!
Casie is a passionate, motivated and enthusiastic educator from Australia. She has been working as an outdoor educator and experiential facilitator worldwide for over 15 years, with 5 of those years spent lecturing outdoor education at Victoria University, Australia. Along with holding a BA in Education, Casie is currently completing her Ph.D. thesis on helping young people to develop resilience and adaptive coping skills through outdoor education, assisting them to cope better with the stressors of today’s society. It is her vision to empower youth, impart knowledge and give opportunities for all young people to be a part of real life, meaningful experiences across cultures. In her spare time, she loves practicing yoga, meditation, personal development training, being active and exploring the world. Casie loves everything water! Frozen water for skiing, whitewater for rafting, and saltwater for swimming.
Sarah Louise Kristiansen
Sarah Louise Kristiansen is an international choreographer and movement director. She also runs Making Dance Happen, which brings dance and arts to communities globally. In addition to holding a BA (Hons) in Dance from Kingston University, Sarah Louise has travelled the world dancing and has worked in prestigious venues including The Royal Albert Hall (London) The Kremlin Theatre (Moscow), the Gwangju Biennial (Gwangju, South Korea) and has completed further training at Millenium Dance Studios and EDGE Pac in Los Angeles. Sarah Louise is known for her work with the Gwangju Biennale (South Korea), Awareness Through Dance (Ghana) and a series of her own work in venues in London and across Europe.
Teodoro Angelo Villanueva
Ted was born and raised in Bacolod City, Philippines. He started facilitating leadership and team-building programs back in 2013 with the Youth Empowering Youth Initiative, a local organization he co-founded. He has a passion for the arts, outdoors and youth empowerment, which led him to become a Physical Education teacher. Even with a full-time job as an educator, he takes time volunteering and organizing different programs for community development and empowering the Filipino youth.
Rianna is from Vancouver, Canada and has spent her life hiking or snowboarding on the mountains, or lounging by the lakes. Rianna has her degree in Social Work as she has a passion for community development. During her schooling, she spent time in South Africa helping to pioneer an anti-child trafficking NGO. She also spent time studying in Austria, where she mixed her passion for the outdoors with her curiosity for engaging in new cultures. Rianna’s love for engaging with people and cultures has brought her to work as a child protection social worker in Canada which allows her the time to help with JUMP! initiatives over in Vancouver.
Aie was born and raised in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. She has graduated with a degree in Dutch from the University of Indonesia. Being outdoors is her thing! With the love of the outdoors, she spent years working with youth, leading backpacking trips, facilitating experiential learning and cross-cultural programs in several countries with various organizations. She loves traveling! When traveling, she enjoys nothing more than diving into new cultures, trying local foods, speaking local languages, and interacting with local people. She is also passionate about her country and loves sharing it with people from all around the world. Aie is an incurable optimist and has boundless energy, mainly fueled by caffeine from her tea and coffee drinking habit.
Georgina was born in Chiang Mai, Thailand, however grew up as a third culture kid between the Philippines, Bangladesh, and Thailand. She is an outdoor educator, with a University degree in Disaster Management. Since finishing high school she has spent her time volunteering and has gained work experience in Thailand, India and Nepal working with organizations supporting human rights, women empowerment, Water Sanitation and Hygiene, and community development based projects. She loves traveling, photographing people and livelihoods, outdoor swimming, exploring nature, volleyball, diving, and recently after a year in New Zealand, has a new found love for cycle touring and hopes to further explore the world by bike.
Sondang Amelia Karansiska Situmorang
Born and raised on the island of Sumatra with many diverse cultures in Indonesia, Sondang is really into cross-cultural understanding to reach harmony with each other. She studied tourism and her passion is making good and positive impacts on any work she does and every person she meets. She has been leading outdoor school experiences since 2010 with a variety of ages and schools from all over the world. Each coming to experience a little part of Indonesia on the small islands of Riau territory through social projects or teaching English. She also took university students to be immersed in the local community during homestays for cross-cultural studies. She has now been with JUMP! just over a year, running programs in Indonesia and China. She loves people, traveling, learning new things in life, singing and eating all kinds of desserts.
Samson Swanick grew up on a small farm just outside Phoenix, Arizona. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Global Studies, he moved to Java, Indonesia as part of a Fulbright scholarship. He was then awarded another Fulbright scholarship and lived a year in Sulawesi and went on to help design the summer camp program at the internationally acclaimed Green School. Inspired by the biodiversity and cultures he explored throughout the archipelago, he pursued a Master’s degree in Sustainable Communities with a focus on education. For the last four years, he has been designing and running experiential education programs for sustainability in Southeast Asia and running a permaculture farm. When he is not traveling, you can find him offering Tea ceremonies, meditating, building aquaponic systems, performing positive hip-hop, and seeing clients for transpersonal hypnotherapy sessions. Besides having a great passion for sustainability and transformational education, he is also a connoisseur of puns and dad jokes.
Rachel comes from a small village on the west coast of Ireland and has always dreamed of big things. After years of volunteering and working as a swim teacher and swimming aid for children with disabilities she decided to go and study Sociology and Film Studies at University College Dublin. In 2011 she took her first steps into the Outdoor industry and quickly fell in love. In 2012 she moved to Hong Kong to pursue her dream career and has been working, volunteering and traveling ever since all over Europe, Asia, and Australia. She loves fairy lights and Christmas.
Nabeela Abdullah (Ella)
Sofia Grego Mora
Lasro Bonaventura Situmorang
Vikraant Singh Sanwal
BiIlly Lu Wen Jing
Melissa West Morrison
Tchissole grew up in Macau, south China and is originally from Portuguese-Angolan descent. She has lived in Asia for a total of 19 years and is living in Thailand since 2016. With a background in Human Resources, she has worked extensively in the private sector in Recruitment and Organisational Development. In the last 4 years, she has collaborated in the area of social entrepreneurship in Bangkok. Tchissole is an advocate for women’s empowerment and has contributed to promoting women’s leadership programs throughout Southeast Asia. She is passionate about empowering others and is a mentor supporting African startups as well as a career coach. Tchissole has a degree in Human Resources Management and Sociology from the UK.
Olivia Kafka Sackler
Hayley grew up in sunny California before spending the last decade living all over the world! She loves climbing mountains in Switzerland and Nepal while also catching a wave in any ocean. She loves making some good cookies and going on long runs through the Blue Ridge mountains. Hayley has most recently been designing international expeditions in over 15 countries worldwide and is happy to continue her lifelong passion for facilitation with JUMP!
Maria Luisa Escaler
Luisa was born and raised in the Philippines and has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She loves music, traveling, and being by the beach. Luisa served as a Youth in Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. Her travels have brought her to over 30 countries around the world, through work, education, and leisure. She’s learned to speak 4 languages (English, Filipino, Thai, Spanish) and hopes to be more fluent in all of them! She loves outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, camping, snorkeling, biking, and much more. Fun Fact: She is a certified Rescue Scuba Diver!
Sam is from the coast of Oregon, USA where she enjoys beachcombing and watching the waves when she gets a chance to return home. She studied political science in college and spent some time in NE Thailand after graduating. Sam has worked with students of all ages and enjoys creating fun activities that get us all thinking outside of the box.
Nguyen Than Thuy Linh
Born in a rural area in Northern Vietnam, Linh is always curious to explore the bigger world. She studied International Business for 2 years before her major-Social Entrepreneurship at School of Global Studies, Thammasat University. She made the craziest decision of her life by ending her studies in Hanoi during an adventurous gap year when she backpacked to 12 provinces across Vietnam, Cambodia, and Singapore for her excursions and community projects. Linh loves reflecting on her learning dots by journaling. Her passion for nature and education has driven her to take risks and embark on an exciting journey with JUMP! as an summer intern in 2020.
Romy Alexandra Solomon
Romy grew up in New York City but has called Europe home for the past decade. She worked to prevent human trafficking in the Republic of Moldova and Romania through the Peace Corps and Fulbright Program. These experiences inspired Romy’s passion for empowering youth to be community change-makers. She has since delivered experiential learning training programs for youth and educators in 20 countries across 4 continents. Romy has now found her life purpose in empowering individuals to harness their own potential through emotional intelligence and experiential learning.