Wildlife conservation and community volunteer projects and internships worldwide

Volunteer taking photos of dolphins and whales in Italy

Vicky McNeil

Co-founder and Director of WorkingAbroad

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


Andreas Kornevall WorkingAbroad DirectorAndreas Kornevall

Co-Founder and Director of WorkingAbroad

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 his own website under www.kornevall.com

Dave J Johnston profile photo Conservation Amazon PeruDave J Johnston

Marketing and Communications Manager 

Dave is a conservationist and has spent his life dedicated to protecting wildlife and vulnerable landscapes. He joined WorkingAbroad in 2021 because he believes in the power of volunteering for change and that WorkingAbroad sets the bar for genuine and ethical volunteering. He has experience in strategic development and communications across consumer and non-profit sectors, with a focus on responsible business and sustainable development. He is passionate about building community, reconnecting humankind with nature and supporting projects that are aiming to bring about positive changes in our world. Dave co-founded the Alliance for Research and Conservation in the Amazon (ARCAmazon) and Las Piedras Amazon Center (LPAC), and he serves on the board of Junglekeepers Peru.


Jack Digman at marine conservation projectJack Digman

Marketing & Communications Assistant

Jack 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 has also joined our Blue Lagoon project in Mauritius and our sea turtle and reef conservation Grenada projects. He has previously worked in sports media, and is now combining his writing and practical experience into helping with conservation practices and blog writing. Jack initially joined us as an intern with WorkingAbroad for 2 years and is now our Marketing & Communications Assistant.


Tyler BrooksTyler

Digital Marketing

Tyler has spent most of his life travelling, visiting 15 countries by the time he was 15 years old. From Barbados to Egypt, LA to the Dominican Republic, always finding reasons to go back. His first experience in rescuing turtles came on Christmas Day when he was 13, on holiday in Grenada. Waking up and seeing them wandering the beach, lost, and helping them back to sea, was simply incredible. Tyler joined our Sea Turtle Programme in Greece in 2020 as a volunteer and his enthusiasm and passion for this work has now enabled him to join the WorkingAbroad team helping us with his Digital Marketing skills.

Charlotte Laursen staff at WorkingAbroad

Charlotte Laursen

Volunteer Consultant

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 to September 2021, after which she is staying with us on a volunteer consultant basis whilst pursuing other career options.

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.

Rae Hadley with bike

Rae Hadley

Rae 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.

Emily Bowen

Eternally curious about the natural world and passionate about sharing its wonders, Emily aims to inspire awe and the desire to protect our planet and its incredible inhabitants through her writing. After graduating from a degree in Biological Sciences, she discovered a love for travelling and a passion for science communication, establishing her blog in 2018. Currently working as a Communications Officer at the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Emily is pursuing a career in nature-focused and scientific journalism and hopes to make positive contributions for wildlife and nature conservation.

Freya BloggerFreya Cottrell

Freya Cottrell is a children’s author, a freelance blogger, and a habitual traveller. She has worked and travelled her way across four continents, worn through countless backpacks, and is never more than an arm’s length away from a diet coke.

Sam McMurray

Sam Blogger

I am a 23-year-old from Glasgow, who recently graduated with a degree in Spanish and Italian. During this degree, I was lucky enough to spend 11 months studying in Verona, Italy and 6 months teaching English in El Puerto de Santa María, Spain. I am passionate about travel, foreign languages, sustainability and veganism.

Patrick Raizerov

Patrick is currently pursuing a master’s in Food, Health and Nutrition in Switzerland having previously completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Bath in Chemical Engineering.

Patrick BloggerPatrick is passionate about everything related to food and sustainability. Patrick is fluent in English, Russian and French, and has previously worked abroad in several countries including Switzerland, France, Portugal and Vietnam. In his spare time, Patrick enjoys sharing his experiences through writing, as well as experimenting in the kitchen, including making his own fermented beverages such as kombucha. Patrick believes in the power of volunteering and tries to volunteer when he finds the chance. For more articles by Patrick on food, travel and a range of other topics, visit his blog.

Gemma BloggerGemma Howard-Vyse

Gemma recently graduated in Classics from the University of Edinburgh and has a love of all things literary, classical, philosophical and ancient. She has a natural affinity with nature and feels most at home in the wilderness, up a tree or in the sea. She aspires to be an editor, specialising in sustainability and conservation, and to write about travelling, wildlife and the environment. Gemma hopes to return to where she was born in South Africa to spread awareness about the importance of conservation and environmental education.

Issy Macdonald

Issy BloggerIssy is a recent graduate from the University of Edinburgh where she studied International Relations. Having had many travel plans cancelled over the past couple of years she’s now planning to travel for the next few years, working abroad as much as possible. Issy’s travel plans are mostly dictated by where the swell is good for a surf taking her to California first, then Australia. As she tries to avoid flying where possible to keep her carbon footprint low, she’s hoping to use her sailing experience to do some ocean crossings, as well as road tripping on coaches and taking trains. She will be writing a blog about her travels, surfing, food and everything that inspires her along the way.

Harry Donnelly

Harry Blogger

Harry recently graduated from the University of Kent where he studied wildlife conservation and is soon to pursue an MSc in biodiversity conservation. Harry is most at home in the tropical rainforests, whether that be in the Amazon or Madagascar where he enjoys living alongside wildlife, especially catching snakes! He has organised and worked on various conservation research projects abroad, including setting up camera trap projects on the Malayan peninsula and analysing data for NGOs in Madagascar and aspires to work in tropical mammal/reptile research and education. Harry also enjoys wildlife photography and filmmaking where he showcases his videos and pictures on his YouTube and Instagram platform: ‘Wild Bytes’. Harry was lucky enough to join one of our programmes in the Peruvian Amazon before the pandemic and strongly believes in the need for education and inspiration that volunteering projects can provide to aspiring conservationists and those hoping to work in sustainability