Co-Director Program Manager
Languages: English, Thai
Born and bred in Portsmouth, south England, I would have never of guessed I’d be doing the amazing job I am now. After completing my Masters in Sports Physiology and a brief career in competitive swimming with Team GB Paralympics, I quite literally came to a sticking point in life. One thing that was for certain was my ongoing hunger to explore and learn about the world.
After several vacations to Thailand, I fell in love with the place and quickly committed to pursuing a full-time career here living the dream. I never really intentionally planned for that career to be in educational travel, but I just followed my passion and here I am. I’ve had many amazing opportunities over the years to work with some of the best in the industry. It is an absolute pleasure and privilege, to be a part of that magical moment when youth inquisitively experience new cultures for the first time.
After many years of working various partnerships with Quest Exchange and enticing Lisa’s own interests and love for this fascinating country, we finally committed to launching Quest Thailand. We are a learning canvas for people to come and experience the uniqueness of authentic Thailand.
As Co-Director and Programs Manager of Quest Thailand, my role is to aid in the growth and direction of this exciting new branch of Quest Exchange. I supervise and interact with the groups, leaders and Quest Thailand staff to ensure program participants are getting the most out of their volunteer experience.
Co-Director Operations Manager
Languages: English, Thai
I was born in Ubon Ratchathani Province, in the northeast of Thailand. My home town borders neighboring Laos so we have a lot of influences mixed together. I speak both fluent Thai and Lao dialects which is a great advantage for traveling back and forth. I’m very proud of my country and have always been passionate about wanting to share its culture with other people from all over the world, and this was why I chose to study for a major in English.
After graduating I took a job with a student exchange organization in Bangkok. It was a good opportunity to continue sharing my country with others and improve my language skills at the same time. I learned a lot about the differences between Thailand and other countries. It made me want to do more and so I really focused on learning about the educational travel business.
I decided I wanted to become certified in operating tours so I could eventually specialize in local programs for the northeast region. I worked as an international student coordinator for several years with Geoff and Quest Exchange. Together we began to plan new interesting programs we could offer young people in Thailand. I completed my tour operating license with the Tourism Authority of Thailand; and as a result we are now a fully registered operator. Establishing Quest Thailand was a great way to share these experiences with others and I’m proud to be part of the Quest Exchange family.
As Co-Director and Operations Manager I am responsible for building and maintaining special partnerships with the service learning projects we work with. I head up a growing team of passionate coordinators who, similar to me, enjoy sharing our country’s heritage and culture. I oversee the Quest Thailand office and staff while working on new projects that will bring people to Magical Thailand.
Volunteer Program Manager
During my junior year of high school, we began reading Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild. It was then that I was exposed to Chris McCandless, a character that was told he had everything he needed to live a fulfilling life, yet abandoned it for what he believed to be a more valuable one, marked by endless, unforeseen experiences. At that same time in my life, I had started to feel like I was stuck in a routine, and was eager to make a drastic change in my life.
I decided then and there, in just the first few weeks of the semester, that I wanted to study abroad. Unfortunately, my high school didn’t offer any kind of study abroad program. But I was determined to make it happen. After days of researching, emailing, and making phone calls, I stumbled upon Quest Exchange. Before I knew it, I was saying goodbye to my family and getting on a plane to fly halfway around the world and live with a host family in Italy.
To this day, my experience that I had abroad continues to influence and change my life for the better. I’m currently a student at the University of California, Berkeley, working to get a bachelor’s degree in Political Economy with an emphasis on the Chinese language and marketing. I’ve studied over 4 languages and been to 10 different countries, and am eager to travel and learn more. I’m excited to be back at Quest exchange and give back to the program that truly gave me so much.
As a Social Media Intern, my focus is to help build Quest’s social media platforms including YouTube videos, student testimonials on the website and help manage various social media content and updates.