Wildlife conservation, community and environmental volunteer projects and internships worldwide

Vicky McNeil

Co-founder and Director of WorkingAbroad

Volunteer taking photos of dolphins and whales in Italy

Vicky has a strong interest in travelling and visiting projects all over the world – her travels have taken her all across Africa, Asia and the Americas from the deep jungles of Malaysia and Ecuador, to the deserts of Namibia and India, from the dolphins and whales in Croatia and South Africa to the coral reefs and sea turtles in Mauritius and Costa Rica.  Vicky is a keen listener and an excellent advisor to all those who have questions about volunteering abroad, from gap year students and University groups up to family programmes and everything in between. She draws inspiration from wildlife photography, world music and culture, and her two daughters Chloe and Rosie!

A graduate from Durham University, UK, in Social Sciences and a TEFL qualified teacher, she has spent over 20 years travelling and working with volunteer organisations worldwide. Photographs from some of her travels can be seen here: http://www.vickykornevall.com



Co-Founder and Director of WorkingAbroad

Andreas Kornevall WorkingAbroad Director

Andreas Kornevall is the co-Founder of WorkingAbroad. He also founded the School Tree Nursery initiative in the UK and is currently the Director of Operations for the Earth Restoration Service Charity and an ecological activist and campaigner for the Restore the Earth Project.  He also co-founded the Life Cairn memorial – a memorial for species rendered extinct at human hands.

His ecological work has won him recognition and endorsements from actress Joanna Lumley, HRH Prince of Wales and the “elders group” set up by musician Peter Gabriel.  A graduate in Public Relations and Communications (BPR) from Geneva, Switzerland, he has spent over twenty years working with volunteer programmes in the ecological, cultural and social sectors; collaborating across all the continents.

He is also a prize-winning writer and storyteller, please contact: andreas.kornevall@workingabroad.com

He runs a blog under: http://andreaskornevall.com

Charlotte Laursen

Volunteer Coordinator & Marketing Officer

Charlotte Laursen staff at WorkingAbroad

A graduate in International Relations and European politics with experience in research and organisational work in various political and organisational environments. Charlotte is a keen traveller and has been engaged in humanitarian and development projects in Peru, Brazil and Ghana. She started out as a voluntary blogger in 2014 and then joined our team in early 2017 as a Volunteer Coordinator, now covering several volunteer programmes in Latin America. She also updates our Social Media channels and you will find her on various travel and university fairs around the UK.


Jack Digman

WorkingAbroad Intern

Jack Digman at marine conservation projectJack is a graduate in Environmental Geography and International Development from the University of East Anglia.  He has a passion for aquatic environments and their conservation and has always been especially interested in the ocean and its vast array of marine life. Having already visited countries such as Australia, Poland and Greece, Jack joined our Blue Lagoon project in Mauritius last year and has signed up to join our sea turtle and reef conservation Grenada projects in Summer 2019. He has previously worked in sports media, but now hopes to combine his writing and practical experience into helping with conservation practices and blog writing.


WorkingAbroad Blog Writers

We also have a team of talented writers who contribute articles to the WorkingAbroad Blog, on issues ranging from the environment, wildlife, travel, culture, to international development and much more. Interested in writing for us? Feel free to get in touch.

Amy Burchill

WorkingAbroad Intern Amy Burchill

Amy is a passionate writer with the aim to pursue a career in journalism and communications. She has a strong interest in environmental and ethical issues and hopes to use her writing skills to raise awareness. She enjoys travelling to new places and learning about new cultures but also regularly visits France and Scotland. She is also a graduate in English Literature and Creative Writing.

Emma Pietropaolo

Workingabroad Blog Writer Emma Pietropaolo

Emma is a public policy professional living and working in Canada. Her work focuses on developing policy to increase tourism opportunities in the province of Ontario. She has always had a keen interest in serving the public and using her skills in writing and research to make a difference. Outside of the office, you can find Emma practising yoga, spending time outdoors or hanging out with friends and family.

James Gaughan

WorkingAbroad blog writer James Gaughan

James is a freelance writer who lives in Toronto, Canada and has previously written for Narcity Media covering a variety of issues, including travel and sustainability. He has a passion for the environment and wildlife conservation. He has an Advanced Diploma in Journalism from Loyalist College and a certificate in Communications and Media Foundations from Centennial College.

Rosa Collins

WorkingAbroad Blog Writer Rosa CollinsRosa lives in London and is a graduate in English Literature from the University of Leeds. She studied abroad in Spain for a year, an experience which has now made her keen to do a TEFL qualification and live in places far and wide. She enjoys writing from experience and about our changing, exciting and sometimes ridiculous world. As much as she loves travelling she is increasingly aware of its impact on the environment and the importance of doing it in more environmentally friendly ways.

Rae Hadley

Rae Hadley with bikeRae has an insatiable curiosity for the world and the way humans interact with their various environments. She is a self-confessed ‘creative thinker’, spinning ideas and drawing on her philosophical, sociological, and psychological background as a qualified Social Worker. Rae is a lifelong enthusiast of the outdoors life, choosing to live as close to and as harmoniously with nature as possible. In the UK it was boat living for 10 years and more recently her emphasis has been on travelling in as sustainable a manner as possible, and traversing the globe with her trusty bicycle steed, Tilly.

Grace Plant
WorkingAbroad Blog Writer Grace PlantGrace is a freelance travel and lifestyle writer from the Northwest of England. She loves exploring the natural world and experiencing cultures and ways of life that are different from her own. She has travelled extensively through North America and Europe, and has recently spent a year backpacking around India. She believes in sustainable, eco-friendly travel that leaves a positive impact on the environment.

Mariana Diaz Fernandez

WorkingAbroad Blog Writer Mariana FernandezMariana is a recent graduate in Media for Development and Social Change from the University of Sussex, and specialised her studies in communication for wildlife conservation and environmental issues. Originally from Costa Rica, now based in Brighton, Mariana grew up surrounded by nature and taking care of the environment, and she is very passionate about animal welfare and wants to develop her career in this field. She’s very interested in the relationships and connections humans have with animals, and believes there is a lot we can learn from them.

Elle Cote

Elle Blogger for WorkingAbroad

Elle is a 23-year old journalism student from Canada. She’s had a passion for environmental and animal welfare issues since she was a child, and, more recently, has also developed a passion for travel. She hopes to combine these mentioned interests with her skills as a writer to form a career that involves making a difference in the world. She recently spent a semester abroad where she visited London, Edinburgh, Berlin, Amsterdam, and other smaller towns in England. As a teenager, she also visited Rome, Venice, and other smaller towns in Italy.