Our Volunteering Team - Who We Are

Andreas Kornevall 
Co-Founder and Director of WorkingAbroad

Andreas Kornevall of Working Abroad

Andreas Kornevall is the co-Founder of WorkingAbroad (1997). He also founded the School Tree Nursery initiative in the UK and is currently the Director of Operations for the Earth Restoration Service www.earthrestorationservice.org and activist and campaigner for Restore the Earth Project.  He has also instigated the Life Cairn memorial - a memorial for species rendered extinct at human hands. 

A graduate in Public Relations and Communications (BPR) from Geneva, Switzerland, he has spent over 18 years working with innovative grassroots programmes in the ecological, cultural and social sectors; collaborating in countries such as India, USA, Thailand, Dutch Antilles, Costa Rica, Grenada, Ecuador, Swaziland, South Africa, Iceland, the Gambia etc. He is also a writer and storyteller, a member of the British Permaculture Association and a recording artist. 

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

Email: andreas.kornevall@workingabroad.com

Vicky McNeil Working Abroad 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 to the deep jungles of Swaziland, Costa Rica and Malaysia, to the old growth forests in British Columbia and Sweden, to the deserts of Namibia and to the slums of New Delhi, Bangkok and Quito.  Vicky is a listener and an excellent advisor to all those who have questions about volunteering abroad. She draws inspiration from wildlife photography, languages, African drumming 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

"Volunteering and travelling abroad for many years has shown me the importance of encouraging other people to take part in local community development, ecological restoration projects and cross-cultural exchange all throughout the world. I am also drawn to wild places, because they represent the preservation of the world!"

Email: victoria.mcneil@workingabroad.com

Our team is here to help you on your volunteering journey abroadAaron Jangaard

Aaron joined our team in September 2011. He graduated in Geography from the University of Southampton in 2011, and has a strong interest in conservation, flooding and the environment and sustainable travel. He is the coordinator for many of our volunteer programmes in Asia, South America, Oceania & Europe, and has travelled to several of our projects including Thailand, India & Nepal. He also manages the WorkingAbroad website and our online presence. 


Charlotte LaursenWorkingAbroad blog writer Charlotte
Volunteer Coordinator & Marketing Officer

A graduate in international relations and European politics with experience in research and organisational work in various political environments. Charlotte is a keen traveller and has been engaged in humanitarian and development projects in both Brazil and Ghana. She joined our team in early 2017 as a Volunteer Coordinator, which now covers several volunteer programmes in South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. She is also responsible for our Social Media presence and regularly writing blogs for WorkingAbroad.

Email: charlotte@workingabroad.com


Jessica DowthwaiteJessica Dowthwaite
WorkingAbroad Intern

Jessica recently graduated with a master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Sussex, where she developed an interest in humanitarian and conservation organisations working to address environmental, social and political issues in various global contexts. Jessica is passionate about travel, having travelled throughout Europe and Thailand, whilst her passion for conservation started earlier, after spending much of her childhood in the mountainous Lake District. Jessica works on research, marketing and communications for WorkingAbroad as well as outreach with universities and press contacts.

Email: contact@workingabroad.com

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.

Brenna SaundersBrenna Saunders
Brenna has a huge love of travel and travelled in Europe (and Peru) with her family as a teen. She graduated with a degree in English, and then studied Middle Eastern languages (Arabic and Persian), hoping to win a study abroad scholarship. When that didn't work out, at age 24, she went to South Korea to teach English and absolutely loved it. She lived in Korea for 4.5 years and was able to travel around Asia (Japan, China, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines), and has since returned to the US.

Elle CoteElle Cote
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.

Sean FeaganSean Feagan
Sean Feagan is a journalism student living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Sean practised as a professional field biologist for over five years in western Canada, working as an environmental consultant across a variety of projects. Sean completed a M.Sc. in ecology at Carleton University in Ottawa, ON, following an undergraduate biology degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. Sean is a dedicated naturalist, passionate birder, and an avid photographer of interesting flora and fauna. Sean contributes to the WorkingAbroad blog to raise awareness of conservation issues and to further develop his skills as a writer.

Amy KatzAmy Katz
Amy Katz is a U.S. Fulbright Scholar teaching at Souphanouvong University in Luang Prabang, Laos. She spends most of her time perseverating over how other countries hold their own environmental ethics, while also having a shockingly large number of dreams about skiing which—due to the lack of snow in Laos— she believes will continue indefinitely.

Sam BurtSam Burt
Sam Burt is a tutor, copywriter and freelance journalist living in London. He found a love for travel during two inter railing trips around Europe, and hopes to venture beyond the continent in the near future. Education and wildlife conservation are close to his heart. Before tutoring, he studied PPE at Oxford and taught in inner-city secondary schools. His postgraduate research explored the ways in which national testing is failing to prepare young people for future success. Sam has written for the Guardian, HuffPost UK, and Book Riot, and blogs at samburt.info. He hopes one day to be a published novelist - when the right idea comes along.