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 involving 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.
Bouncing between big cities and beachside suburbs, Connor grew up exposed to a diverse America. Inspired to help create a more empathetic and equitable world, he spent a year working with students in New York City schools, and eventually studied Social Justice Education in university. He developed a passion for youth advocacy and a love of building strong, supportive communities. As a program manager in Japan and the US, he devised workshops on leadership and social-emotional learning for young adults and outdoor professionals. In his spare time, Connor enjoys exploring our beautiful planet, watching a lot of comedy, and expressing himself through writing, filmmaking, and performing.
Magdalena (Mag) Michalczuk
Thidarat Srimanas (Jing)
Chatchai (Kai) Krongyut
Kai was born and raised in a farming family in Ubon Ratchathani, the so-called “Isaan” or northeast region of Thailand. Growing up on the farm, he learned to get his hands dirty at a very young age – helping his family to plant and harvest rice, herding and caring for the family buffalo, making and playing with toys built from natural materials –Kai’s childhood shaped his worldview, teaching him to be humble and to appreciate the simple things in life. Kai’s passion for teaching started when he was a teenager at school. Today, he is a teacher, teaching young children in Ubon Ratchathani.
Pimpilai Sonia Rumthum
Nguyen Ngoc My Linh
Chutima (C) Nutyra
Genevieve was born and raised in New York and moved to Washington, D.C. after completing her undergraduate degrees in International Development and French. She has always had a passion for working with youth and learning about other cultures and languages, which led her to join the Peace Corps in 2017. For 2 years, Genevieve worked to empower youth in Northeastern Thailand to become leaders in their communities and collaborated with local government agencies to provide youth with experiential learning opportunities. Now residing in Bangkok, in her free time, Genevieve can be found exploring Bangkok’s green spaces and coffee shops.
Suthasiny "Moh" Sudprasert
Yohanes Batista Hanes
Arienta Gita Wardhani
Josephine van den Brink
Josephine was born in the Netherlands, raised in London and could be most recently found in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has taken the plunge into tropical Thailand and loves the people, places and nature. After studying Geography she found her true passion. This led to a masters in Outdoor Environmental and Sustainability Education. She loves to jump into new challenges, and her favorite roles have included: working at Edinburgh Zoo, teaching children how to perform pretend keyhole surgery, organizing canoeing and hiking trips through the woods of Vermont, running a conservation society and volunteering with a charity that creates therapeutic outdoor programs for young people.
Kai Hung Lee
Kai is a random Asian guy with a love for food, martial arts, stories and meeting new people. He fell in love with the outdoors at a young age and started his journey as an outdoor educator as a participant in KYC before volunteering as a Camp Assistant. From there, he was open to the world of experiential learning and he never left since. With a thirst to explore this field, he pursued a degree in psychology while rock climbing, practicing different martial arts and eating any local delicacy he could get his hands on.
Kevin A. Aertsen
Marina, originally from California, joins the JUMP! team after several years living in Southeast Asia reconnecting with her Thai family. With experience working in experiential education, running environmental education programs, and outdoor guiding trips – backpacking, climbing, kayaking, day trips, Marina eagerly applies her time and skills to the dynamic world of JUMP! Programs. Marina’s background hosts a wide range of experiences from hospice and mental health care to citizen science in restoration and water quality to fisheries and marine science. She spent her university years studying environmental science and ecology providing a strong foundation for topics in environmental justice and scientific literacy. When she is not working in the lab, greenhouse, or onsite for JUMP!, Marina may be found practicing yoga, swimming in the ocean, or exploring all the food markets in Bangkok.
Born and raised in the sub-urban towns of KL Malaysia, Beh was exposed to mud and trees and rivers at the age of 3. His turning point in life came about when he quite his corporate job in Financial Investments and started embarking on the journey of outdoors and education. After hiking a lot of New Zealand, he was based in Yangshuo, China where he led educational trips covering cultural, adventurous, community projects and leadership aspects of the modern curriculum. He then took on the role of Training Manager in one of the pioneer outdoor companies in China to standardized facilitation and SOPs Risk Assessments across programs. He has great passion in Safety and has specialized in Wilderness First Aid being an instructor for the Wilderness Medical Associates since 2019. Beh has been actively improving himself, recently in the art of Adventure Therapy and will continue to share his passion for education.
Lisa grew up in a small town in northern Canada but she always wanted to travel and live in other countries. This led to her studying tourism management and then moving to Bangkok to teach English and volunteer with Burmese migrants. It was during this time that she realized both her passion for education as well as her passion for international development. She then decided to study more about international development before moving to Myanmar to teach refugees and offer teacher training to university instructors. In her free time Lisa enjoys playing board games and reading.
Patrick was raised in Ohio, USA, and has always enjoyed being outdoors. He has experience working on farms, and has a lifelong goal of building his own self-sufficient, off-grid community. He studied the discipline Ecological Engineering in university, and was elected the safety coordinator for the school’s mountaineering club, leading trips across the states. After graduation, he moved halfway across the world to live in New Zealand, where he further this environmental drive into a career in conservation. As a Team Leader for a large scale restoration project, he helped to build back the biodiversity of that beautiful country. When he is in his element, you can find him rock climbing, backpacking, or swimming. And spreading his message of sustainability and respect.
Tonatiuh was born and raised in Mexico City. Getting introduced into outdoor and experiential learning when he was 18. He loves been in the outdoors: hiking, climbing and enjoying nature. He has traveled and worked in different parts of the world such as Costa Rica, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong and London just to mention some. Enjoys reading and tries to learn something new everyday. Since living and sharing experiences with different people from different cultures he really encourages and supports students to learn and understand the international cultural and how to become a global citizen.
Chanida was born in Ubonratjathani province, a Northeastern province of Thailand. Her home town was a quiet and peaceful place, which led her to be an energetic person. She participated in many activities with my friends including sports and traveling around. Her favorite sports are swimming, volleyball, and basketball. After graduating from Khon Kaen University she worked for The Consortium, teaching ESL to the refugees who were migrating to the USA, for two and a half years. In 1990, she worked for Thai Airways International Co. Ltd. as a flight attendant for 20 years. Right now she is a freelance interpreter and licensed tour guide in Thailand.
Kate is from Winnipeg, Manitoba, the heart of Canada. Over the past 7 summers she has led leadership and wilderness camp programs with a focus on canoe guiding across Canada. From attending Camp Stephens since 2005, as a young person she developed a love for the outdoors and wilderness adventures with peers that later developed into a passion and a career in Outdoor Education and facilitation. She enjoys helping young people build confidence and personal strength in the field while strengthening their connections and friendships. Kate is a Tandem White Water Instructor- Paddle Alberta, a Wilderness First Responder and a former life-guard. She also holds her 200hr Yoga Teacher Certification in Ashtanga yoga.
Lauren grew up in England but has spent the past 5 years living in Myanmar. Lauren has over 10 years work experience as a facilitator and trainer in over 20 countries. Lauren works in the field of social justice, and recently worked on a project in Myanmar promoting access to justice for women. Lauren believes that as global citizens of today world we all have collective responsibilities to work towards creating a more equability society for everyone.
Sky has recently joined the Jump! Foundation team as an intern. They graduated from Kwantlen Park Secondary in 2019, and is working their way toward becoming a child and youth worker. Through their recreation, Sky found their passion for working with at-risk youth and is very passionate about spreading kindness and love wherever they are. They believe through love and dedication, people can achieve things they never thought they could. Sky is very artistic, and loves hiking, basketball, swimming and reading.
Luis Miguel Castro
Luis Miguel Castro, or simply Luismi, was born in Colombia, holds citizenship in the US, has lived and worked in 6 countries, and considers himself a citizen of the world. He’s been working in the field of experiential education for the past 4 years, covering the whole range of outdoor education programs with schools, service-learning trips, and summer camps. He enjoys rock climbing, sea kayaking, and backpacking in the mountains. He’s also really into chess and logic riddles, and loves getting his students to think outside the box and challenge themselves.
Michelle was lucky enough to experience JUMP! as a middle schooler in Beijing. After high school, Michelle took a gap year and spent part of her time interning at the Beijing JUMP! office where she helped lead a 5-day program. The other part of the year she spent completing a 60-day outdoor semester with NOLS. Most recently, Michelle spent a summer leading students on backpacking trips in Scotland. These meaningful experiences have fueled Michelle’s passion for experiential education. Currently, Michelle is finishing her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Northeastern University. A lover of nature, music, and cooking, Michelle hopes to graduate and pursue experiential education full-time.
Andreas Patria Krisna
Ngan is from southern of Vietnam and she is on the way to discover herself through new experiences. Having a passion for meeting and connecting people, she wants to build a community where people have high consciousness about sustainability and recognize their own capacity to contribute to a sustainable future. She strongly believes that when collaborating together, we can make a stronger positive impact. Her curiosity and openness lead her to engaging in a variety of communities from education, to software development, social innovation and then facilitators.
Laitheam is passionate about educational development and women’s empowerment. She started volunteering and leading development projects when she was 16 years old. She has conducted dozens of training, public forums and workshops on the themes of higher education preparation, youth engagement, gender equality, reproductive health, and the environment. In the past 4 years, she had the opportunity to work, study and travel in 8 countries including USA, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, and Laos.
Oli grew up in South East England, studying physical geography at university in Wales where he combined his learning about the natural world and passion for playing in it. Whitewater kayaking and love of the outdoors has allowed him to experience and work in various countries around the world in a variety of roles, including kayak instruction, raft guiding, glacial guiding and outdoor education. When not in the outdoors, Oli can be found in the kitchen pretending he knows what he’s doing, but loving the experience of making and enjoying food with friends and family none the less.
Omorose is from the US. She studied biochemistry which led her to move to Brazil after graduating. Since then she has lived in Thailand, South Korea, and Lesotho. Whilst abroad, she has had various work experiences conducting research, teaching ESL, and recently, as a HIV/AIDS and adolescent advocate health volunteer with the Peace Corps. Now in Bangkok, Thailand, you can find Omorose exploring different parts of Thailand, trying new food, cycling, and hiking.
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.
Theethuch Klomsuwan (Peam)
Peam grew up in Phuket. He has a degree in Social sciences from Mahidol University and a passion for education and social impact. He spent a fair amount of time as an Exchange student and working with a youth lead student group in the San Francisco Bay Area. Throughout his career, he always spares his free time in voluntary work and teaching underprivileged children throughout Thailand. He has experience working with Public Sectors, INGOs and Private sectors over the past 6 years, which inspired him to try to inspire others to keep developing and improve themselves.
Shreya grew up in Kolkata, the cultural capital of India. She studied humanities until bachelors and started adventure sports while still in school. She interned with media marketing while in college. She eventually ended up moving to New Delhi for richer work opportunities in the outdoor education industry. Shreya has an experience of about 4 years in the sector. She loves to take risks in general which increases her challenge level capacity. Photography is an integral part of her. Shreya loves to take photographs and create memories. Throughout college she has been the official photographer for fests, participated in exhibitions and won inter college competitions. Shreya tried her hand in karate too and possesses a green stripe belt. Shreya is passionate to travel across the globe, interact with new people and exchange cultures.
Sofia is a Malaysian who finds that the outdoors calms her down and help put things in perspective. She grew up in different countries, such as Norway and Oman, and decided to return to Malaysia to reconnect to her roots. You can find her swimming laps in the sea, doodling comics about her life experiences, holding too many things in her hands and walking around in places new to hear with a backpack grounded on her shoulders.
Tria was born and raised in the beautiful west coast city of Vancouver, Canada. She loves to interact with people from all walks of life. Her first time facilitating was as a junior tae-kwon do coach when she was 12. She then attended circus school and started coaching at Circus West for 3 years. Throughout her time in high school she attended the summer camp of the Youth Excellence Society and was a staff member for 3 years. Tria has a passion for teaching and learning. She loves working with JUMP! because she loves working with youth and showing them how to be change makers in their communities. She is finishing up her Bachelor’s degree on International Studies with a minor in Archaeology. With that education, she wishes to work in environmental and cultural conservation internationally
Merly was born in Bogotá, Colombia. She studied to be a language teacher, she taught English in her hometown for couple of years and then moved to Bolivia. In Bolivia, she was an English and Spanish teacher and a volunteer in an NGO. Following her time in Bolivia, she decided to work in the high seas as a Youth counsellor on board the vessels of a Cruise Line, were she facilitated recreational activities for kids, teens and families. After five years, it was time for her to settle down and decided to lead language immersion programs in local schools and universities. She’s a passionate educator and truly believes in the power of learning experiences out of the traditional classroom.
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.
Ella is half-Turkish, half-American and grew up in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. During this time, she cultivated a love for leadership, global citizenship, and public speaking, participating internationally in JUMP! conferences and building up a leadership program in her high school. Before working with JUMP!, Ella took part in various JUMP! workshops in her school and is now overjoyed to be able to give her energy to something she appreciated so much as a kid. Alongside helping with JUMP!, Ella now attends Trinity College Dublin, where she studies Philosophy, Politics and Economics. In her free time, she loves to sing and play piano, read, and spend quality time with her two cats, Albus and Nina.
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.
Shaheen van der Schyff
Shaheen is from Cape Town South Africa. He is a professional Flow Artist, performer, movement and wellness facilitator. Since childhood, he was always passionate about movement and played multiple sports. After obtaining his national fitness diploma, he worked as a personal trainer and conditioning coach for more than 8 years. In 2010, He discovered and fell in love with Flow Arts and Circus. Shaheen fused his knowledge forfitness and movement, and shifted his practice towards a more expressive, artistic approach. Shaheen has been travelling for 8 years, teaching, performing and sharing his love for movement and flow across the world.
Shouniez van der Schyff
Shouniez was born in Cape Town, South Africa, with Table Mountain backdrop and hugged by the ocean, she has a deep connection to nature. Shouniez is an artist at heart. She grew up drawing, leading to her career in Graphic Design, creating meaningful designs for social change. She is a movement artist. Dancing from a young age, lead to her career as a performer and movement teacher. Shouniez’s philosophy is “learning through play”, through her extensive experience in movement, flow arts, fire dancing, circus and theatre, she endeavors to shares her passion and skills as a play and movement facilitator, around the globe.
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.
Hannah grew up in Cleveland, Ohio in a family that always loved to travel and go on new adventures. She took the travel bug with her to college where she studied Anthropology at Miami University and took every opportunity to travel and study abroad. She found a passion for social change while studying abroad in India and living with the Tibetan in Exile community. After graduation she moved to Thailand to continue her work in experiential learning and fell in love with the region and the community networks of NGO’s and change makers. She has been based in Thailand for the past 7 years teaching, learning the language and culture, and exploring SE Asia extensively. Outside of her education work she also runs a creative community CO-OP in Khon Kaen sharing her love of all things art with the Khon Kaen community.
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
Palm is from Southern Thailand and grew up with teacher parents. At middle school age, she moved to the capital city, Bangkok. It was where she successfully obtained two bachelor’s degrees; one in English from The Faculty of Industrial Education and the other in Political Science in International Relations. She previously participated in a cultural exchange program called the Au Pair program in the United States and Sweden for 2 years. She has also obtained her Thai tour guide and international tour leader licenses. She has visited more than 20 countries and also speaks Thai, English and Mandarin Chinese. She spent over 3 years working with an NGO in Northern Thailand that focused on school construction projects, refugee camps and Myanmar migration in Thailand. She has a passion for hiking, kayaking, camping, outdoor education and inspiring youth for their personal developments.
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 Northern Vietnam village, Linh is passionate about bringing innovative educational opportunities for countryside students. The awareness of self, community and globe emerged after her first overseas voluntary experience to teach English to Thai kids in 2017. She then shifted her direction to pursue Social Entrepreneurship major at School of Global Studies, Thammasat University. She took a gap year to dive in hands-on experience related to youth education and climate action, and also backpacking around Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. What motivates Linh is the beauty of small things and the humanity of life.
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.
Abhi grew up surrounded by sunshine, beaches, and mountains in California, USA. Having a background in global health, he is driven by the goal of advancing health, human rights, and education for all. He’s been fortunate to have worked and studied in the USA, Switzerland, Nepal, Malaysia, and Lebanon. Abhi loves cooking huge meals for friends and family and geeks out on food cultures from around the world. In the past year, he’s been enthralled by trail running, realizing it combines the feeling of a runner’s high with “nature bathing” into what can only be described as a spiritual experience
Noureen has impact fever as she deeply believes in philosophy of, ‘Each one, teach one.’ Growing up in a small town called city of palaces, Bahawalpur in Pakistan, she took the less-travelled path full of adventures, challenges, and learnings as she decided to continue her higher education abroad. Currently, she is a 4th year student pursuing Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship at Thammasat University, Thailand. She founded Think Beyond Borders to inspire women to follow their dreams despite barriers. Noureen is passionate about cycling, martial arts, and poetry and her goal is to be physically, mentally and emotionally strong and support others in their journey.
Lena is the daughter of Greek immigrants, grew up in the United States, and has spent the last 15 years traveling and working in more than 60 countries. After 12+ years facilitating leadership development, community-building, and cultural exchange programs across the globe, Lena believes the division between us is a reflection of the disconnect within us. Committed to transforming the world from the inside-out, Lena helps impact-driven visionaries and changemakers discover and embrace their unique gifts, so they can live in alignment with their personal Truth, embody their unique purpose, and make a positive difference.
Jill grew up in South Florida but has been living in Thailand for nearly 20 years. She has a Masters of Science in Environmental Education and spent her early career teaching youth about ecology and gardening in the US. She went on to teach English at a secondary school in Thailand before remotely leading international conservation and community development programs across 6 continents. Jill’s passion is for empowering others to grow and gain greater self awareness and she is a certified professional Personal Development and Career Coach. In her free time she loves reading, cooking, and creating art.
Thinuwan, from Colombo Sri Lanka, is a seasoned experiential trainer. Quitting his decade long corporate career in search of new adventures globally, he is a passionate adventurer and a mountaineer with several Himalayan expeditions under his belt already. Certified as an International trainer and an advocate of emotional intelligence skills development, he worked as an outdoor instructor in Hong Kong during the fall seasons of 2018 & 2019. Thinuwan enjoys working and sharing his knowledge, skills, and experience with participants of all ages facilitating their growth enabling them to become a better version of themselves.
Fai (Piyatida) was born in Chiang Mai and raised in the hottest city of Thailand in Thoen District, Lampang Province. She is a countryside girl and enjoys her time being in nature. At the age of 17 years old, she joined an exchange student program in San Francisco, California, USA for one year in Junior High School which gave “Piyatida” such amazing experiences and culture exchange. She has been working as a Local Guide in Chiang Mai since 2016 but at some point taking people to visit most tourist areas isn’t something that she wanted to do everyday. In 2018, she left Thailand and explored another continent in Switzerland as Au Pair for one year and every single weekend, she would take a train to discover a daily hike by herself and learn to develop the mindset as every step that she moves. It feels incredible once she knows what can be happening next and how to make the next step forwards to her goals.
Nikita Teresa Sarkar
A graduate of Theatre Design and Direction from the National School of Drama, Nikita likes to work with various disciplines, concerning her work mostly with Gender, Privilege, and Sustainability. She is a creator and curator who likes to let her artwork be an entry point for sensitive conversations to happen sensibly. She prefers to work with communities in rural India to use art as an intervention of social and ecological concerns. She is a student of the Baul tradition and Kudiyattam and through the aesthetics of these traditional art forms, explores the meaning of modernity in art and dynamics of the audience-performer relationship. Her work is mostly site-specific and tries to include lesser-known narratives of a place. As an art educator, she undertakes modules on sustainability and design thinking in remote villages as well as urban cities of India. As a performer, she’s performed in Hungary, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and London. She was recipient of the Ministry of Culture Performance Research fellowship for two years consecutively (2017-2019) and was an arts fellow at the Anant University of Design (2020). She is the founder member of The P(art)icle Collective (Delhi), Technical Director of Festival Tantidhatri (Shantiniketan) and the founder of SICCA (Sustainable Indeginous Centre for Collaborative Arts).
Mike was born in the UK and has been working in outdoor education since he was a teenager. He has spent the last ten years leading student programs in Thailand and now runs a nature education center in one of the world’s oldest jungles in Khao Sok. When it comes to outdoor learning, his big passions are adventure, nature and global issues. His favorite activities are caving and night hiking.
Chris Wrinkle is a 22 year old currently living in the beautiful Cariboo, BC. He was born and raised in the Bahamas for most of his life until he moved to Vancouver at 15 and eventually to Lethbridge, Alberta to complete his degree for agricultural sciences. Being outdoors is an absolute pleasure for him, from surfing on sandy beaches, to climbing mountain peaks as an Educo student. Educo has provided him a place to truly be himself and he can’t wait to share experiences with new students!
Jade is passionate about learning and teaching. Jade started out their career as a theatre teacher and found their way to becoming an outdoor educator because nature is their biggest teacher and they don’t really like walls. Their goal remains the same: fostering individuals’ passions and skills to create magical communities in which no challenge is a problem we can’t solve. A few of Jade’s favourite things are anything having to do with water (including rain), stars and planets, science fiction, bikes, the sound of a drum and dawn.
Curt H. Barnes
Curt grew up in bustling southern California, but was fortunate to have parents who were both educators and interested in the outdoors and loved animals. He is currently a PhD. candidate in the Department of Biology at Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand studying venomous snake conservation and management of snakebite. His professional interests including facilitation and research
span a diverse range of topics, from recycling of human materials in natural areas to bird of prey conservation to reptile and amphibian natural history. Curt is passionate about engaging diverse audiences with outdoor and environmental knowledge and experience.
Waranya Suwatwongchai (Skye)
Skye was born and raised in the city of angels, Bangkok, Thailand. She believes that “Life is an adventure and everything you want is on the other side of fear”. She spends every day facing her fears and filling up her life-long adventure journal. She’s fluent in English, Thai and Mandarin. While working full-time as a flight attendant and business development executive for the airline, she has been fully trained and equipped to handle unexpected emergencies on the flights and uncomfortable situations far away from home. Her passion for travelling and adventure allowed her to explore many parts of the world and see the world through a different lens. Through travelling and exploration she fell deep in love with the ocean and decided to pursue her life-long dream by working part-time as divemaster in Krabi, Thailand. Currently she has relocated her office from 38,000 feet above sea-level to working 30 meters under the ocean and along the coasts of Thailand. Surrounded by the beautiful marine life and passionate human beings daily, when not working with JUMP, Skye now works passionately as a Project Manager for a conservation and sustainability group called NatureMind-Ed, based in Ao Nang, Krabi, where she’s deeply involved with various eco-adventures programs as well as being actively involved in research and conservation activities.
Kritsakorn Naimnil (Bank)
My name is Kritsakorn Naimnil. My niackname is Bank. I lived and grew up from Samut Sakhon, a small province. Outstanding in seafood and in my province that has a lot of factories. But I prefer nature more than city and factory. I graduated with a master’s degree from
College of Management Mahidol University the major is Business Administration. I decided to study in this major becauseI I believe this word “Put the right man on the right job” is that true for the real life. When you want the job perfect and success, You have to keep this in mind. Now, I work as a General Administration Officer at a Foreign Worker Employment Agency called
Plannetlaw Company Limited. My duty is to assist the foreign workers such as Myanmar, Laos and Cambodian Workers to work in Thailand legally. In my work, I gain experience working with people of different nationalities an cultures. Moreover I have traveled frequently and I have worked
with foreigners that make me to be an adaptable and well organized person. When I have freetime, I want to learn a new thing from people or social media. Furthermore, I love to travel and find a new experience such as a new places and new peoples. I love meeting and talking to a new
friends. Beacuse I am friendly and easy-going with other peoples. I like to listen and give advice to others. It shows to respect for people. And the most important, That I am the part for support and encourage them.
Issareeya Suksawang (Esly)
Esly was born and grew up in Thailand. She was a one-year exchange student in Germany. She graduated in Global Studies and Social entrepreneurship from Thammasat University. While studying for her bachelor’s, she developed a keen interest in resolving the social problem in the rural area in Thailand, specifically in community development, human rights, and education. She enjoys working with children, and in her free time, she works part-time as a tutor and educator for youngsters. Her favorite profession is connecting with new people since it allows her to gain a fresh perspective and learn new things.
Jiratchaya Juranukul (Jeans)
Jeans grew up in the land of smiles. Being an exchange student between three different countries in Europe and Oceania allows her to open up to the world by seeing the diversity of people and the beauty of nature. Inspired to be part of creating a more empathetic world with a passion for exploring new cultures and spreading positive energy. Eager to learn and grow as a global citizen. “Always open to the opportunities, appreciate adventures and people around you” is her life motto. Recently, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship from Thammasat University, Thailand. It is time for her new journey to step into another phase of life.
Kunthada Suwan (Ice)
Ice grew up in a small province up north of Thailand. She sees that our arms reach all corners of the globe and an interconnected world that fuels increasingly complex challenges. Learning by doing is something that she believes is the best way to grow. As a Global Studies major herself, she is passionate about ending global issues, especially ones related to human actions also love to work with the community to enhance their capacity.