OMAR MOHAMED - DIRECTOR
Prior to co-founding Work the World in 2005, Omar worked in the gap year industry promoting responsible travel for six years. His career has involved working for extensive periods of time in eleven destinations, which span North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. During this time Omar was arranging, developing and overseeing work-experience projects in the fields of social welfare, education, health and conservation.
FAYE CLONAN - DIRECTOR
Faye joined the team as Operations Director in 2009 and following a successful two years building up an incredible placement portfolio, has moved into the role of co-Director of the company. She oversees all aspects of our service to make sure that you have an outstanding elective experience. Having spent time in Africa, Asia and South America, Faye has many years experience in the travel industry and has worked with students on healthcare, education, social and conservation projects around the world.
ROBERT GIDDINGS - HEAD OF OPERATIONS
Rob started Work the World as the Africa Operations Manager, and the success of our Tanzania programmes are a tribute to his efforts - the boy even learnt Swahili! As the Head of Operations Rob works closely with Colin, Rebecca and Chris to ensure all of our destinations are offering the best placements possible. Having spent extended periods exploring many other areas of the world, Rob understands the excitement, apprehension and planning involved in living and working abroad. Before joining the Work the World team, he specialised in teaching English to foreign students. He spent two years in Japan, two years in South Korea and taught people from all over the world in a language school in England. He has also spent a year in New Zealand, working as an adventure activities co-ordinator.
COLIN RICHARDSON - OPERATIONS MANAGER
Colin joined Work the World in April 2014 to continue his pursuit of global adventure. Originally from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Colin's love of adventure sport began with competing - and winning - at national and international level in tetrathlon, eventing and sailing and he was a member of the National Sailing Squad. Colin continued to bring sailing to the masses from the idyllic north Norfolk coast to the sun-kissed south west of France. The chance to get involved in the London Olympics was too good to pass up and his work as a Transport Manager gave him a unique opportunity to work with the athletes, media and celebrities involved in the iconic event. A move to Brighton brought him to Work the World - via a high octane stint at another Outdoor Pursuits Centre. Colin has now brought his lust for life to Work the World where he oversees three programmes, two in Nepal and one in Sri Lanka.
REBECCA LAPPER - OPERATIONS MANAGER
Becky joined Work the World after completing a four year degree and Masters in Responsible Tourism Management. Brought up in Malawi and Zambia, Becky’s eclectic work life has ranged from crocodile watching on the Zambezi, working in an AIDS clinic, running a raucous music pub in Kilkenny, to working as a resort manager in Ibiza for nine years. Her love for all things travel related continues with Becky's present role as Operations Manager for our Philippines and Ghana Programmes.
CHRIS BENEYTO - OPERATIONS MANAGER
After 8 years working in the mining industry, deciding it was time for a change, Chris couldn’t resist the lure of joining Work the World. Joining the team in August 2014, he now oversees the Tanzania programme. He has worked across the entire world, having lived in 5 countries and visited scores more. When not working, Chris is a serious committed foodie, loving to sample cuisines from all over the world. In his spare time Chris also enjoys languages (being a fluent speaker of 4!), politics, martial arts and a general love of chatting about a vast array of subjects. Chris brings to the team an inquisitive, problem solving mind with a quirky sense of humour.
LEAH STAY - OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATOR
Leah joined Work the World in March 2013. Her background lies within the travel industry, more specifically ski, where she spent 5 years organising ski holidays for school groups. Prior to that Leah's passion for travel led her to spend 5 months living and working in a French ski resort. Leah is responsible for our welcome, pre-departure and feedback calls as well as helping with student queries relating to all aspects of their time overseas.
RACHEL MILLS - OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATOR
Rachel joined Work the World in 2015 as our second Operations Administrator. Rachel has been travelling since 9-years-old when she visited Cairo and the Pyramids with her grandparents. Since then she has seen much of Europe, Morocco, Canada, the USA and spent 6 weeks in the Peruvian Amazon jungle! At Work the World, Rachel is in constant communication with students to help them prepare for their trips and, like the encyclopaedia of knowledge that she is, answers any and all questions relating to our programmes.
MARTIN SAMUELS - OFFICE MANAGER
Martin is originally from Lancashire and has spent the last 10 years living the glamorous lifestyle of a semi-professional musician.... sleeping on strangers floors and travelling the country in the back of a poorly insulated transit van were just some of the highlights! Martin moved to Brighton in December 2011 in search of a more healthy lifestyle and joined Work the World shortly after. He is responsible for processing new bookings, date changes, ensuring applicants get their documentation to us on time.
AMELIA SEARLE - ADMINISTRATOR
Amelia is our Administrator and joined Work the World in September 2015. Working most recently as an administrator and HR advisor in her hometown of Kent, Amelia decided that it was time to move. Having always been fond of Brighton, she upped sticks to live beside the sea and now spends her days at Work the World helping students with pre-departure preparations, completing various university forms and keeping the Head Office Team well caffeinated! As you can see from the above photo of Amelia in the French Alps, she is quite the Francophile and looks for any excuse to cross the channel.
LYNSEY MOORE - PLACEMENT SERVICES MANAGER
Lynsey joined Work the World in 2015 after spending ten years working in the travel industry specialising in tailormade long haul trips. After graduating from university in Bristol with a teaching degree, she spent 14 months travelling the globe visiting S.E. Asia, Indonesia, Australasia and South America, where her true passion for travel was ignited. Since then she has travelled to South Africa, Tanzania, Jordan and Dubai. The lady likes to explore! Lynsey is responsible for overseeing all placement interests and works closely with Alasdair and Joe to ensure our prospective students are heading to the right Work the World location for their elective. Having spent much time planning her own, and others exciting adventures, Lynsey knows just the support our prospective students need when they begin their Work the World journey.
ALASDAIR THOMPSON - ELECTIVE CONSULTANT
After graduating from the University of Aberdeen, Alasdair spent the next 2 years travelling extensively around southern Africa, while residing mostly in Cape Town. He then moved to Brighton, working for the next 10 years in the travel industry accruing experience across a wide variety of roles, mostly within Ski Tour operating. In his spare time, Alasdair is a keen skier, having raced at University level, and enjoys a budding amateur cycle racing career. Joining Work the World in May 2013, Alasdair is responsible for guiding our prospective candidates towards their perfect elective, sharing his enthusiasm for all of our fantastic destinations.
JOE JAMIESON - COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Raised on alphabetti spaghetti, Joe’s admission into the world of writing was inevitable. He carved out a path by writing and blogging for some of the travel industry’s most notable brands and today proudly helms Work the World’s Communications Department. Joe has travelled extensively. His favourite experiences include a 4-month jaunt across Thailand, living and working in Tokyo, a tour of Europe’s finest, and an eye-opening interval in Morocco. Where to next? "Peru please.”
HANNAH PECK - COPYWRITER
Upon joining Work the World after her English degree, Hannah swapped writing existential crisis-inducing essays for conversational tones and broader audiences. She currently manages Work the World’s social media pages, writes the blog, and assists with everything else word-related. Having moved every year of her life until she was ten, Hannah is no stranger to life on the go and is a sucker for a city break. In her spare time she illustrates for books and brands alike.