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Recruitment Team

Role: The recruitment team are responsible for telling the world about our projects! They also have an important role in advising potential volunteers on projects that might suit them. They're always available on the phone.

Recruitment Team
David Flaschner - Digital Marketing Manager David Flaschner
Digital Marketing Manager

David graduated from Leeds University in 2007 with a degree in Classical Civilisation. He then spent a year volunteering at a Football Project with Projects Abroad in Ghana. He manages digital marketing and supervises our recruitment teams in the UK, France, Ireland and Spain.

David has visited Ghana, Sri Lanka, the Galapagos Islands, South Africa, and Cambodia.

Bethany Evans - Director of UK Marketing Bethany Evans
Director of UK Marketing

Beth joined the Projects Abroad Administration team in 2012 before joining the Recruitment team as a Programme Advisor a year later. She manages recruitment and print and online advertising in the UK, and also speaks to potential volunteers and attends career fairs. Beth enjoys spending time with friends or family, going to music festivals and loves to travel.

She has visited South Africa, Ethiopia, China, Mongolia, Tanzania and Argentina.

Ian Birbeck - Group Trips Manager Ian Birbeck
Group Trips Manager

Ian is in charge of our Group Trips programmes. He regularly visits schools and groups around the UK to talk about plans for group trips, as well as attending many general school talks and career fairs. Ian has been involved with Projects Abroad since 1992, when he was one of the very first Projects Abroad volunteers in Moldova. Ian has since worked in a variety of roles in the UK and in many of our destinations.

Ian has visited Argentina, Ghana, India, Myanmar, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Peru, Romania, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Togo and Vietnam.

Rebecca Walton - Programme Advisor and Alumni Manager Rebecca Walton
Programme Advisor and Alumni Manager

Rebecca first joined Projects Abroad as a teaching volunteer in India back in 2009. Since then she has visited Asia twice and has graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Geography and History. Rebecca is now part of the Recruitment team and speaks to potential volunteers about our projects. She also manages our team of Ambassadors who attend events around the UK.

Rebecca has visited India, Nepal, Cambodia and Morocco.

Bessie Richards - Group Trips Advisor Bessie Richards
Group Trips Advisor

Bessie first started out with projects abroad as a volunteer in 2011; she travelled to Peru and spent time on both the Archaeology and the Conservation projects. She worked in the UK office during the summer of 2015 assisting the recruitment team while she was still at university. This summer, she spent three months working as a Volunteer Coordinator in Nepal with Care & Community volunteers before coming back to the UK office and joining the Group Trips team. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy and History from the University of Exeter. Bessie loves reading and taking her two Labradors for walks in the South Downs.

Bessie has visited Peru and Nepal.

Dom Duff - Group Trips Advisor Dom Duff
Group Trips Advisor

Dom joined the Group Trips team for Projects Abroad in 2015 after graduating with a Geology degree from the University of Brighton. He is the Content Creator for the UK Groups website as well as assisting the team in visiting schools, groups and careers fairs. Dom enjoys playing gigs with his band and numerous sports including skating, skiing, surfing and mountain biking.

Dom has visited Sri Lanka.

Nadeesha Ranawaka - Alumni Coordinator Nadeesha Ranawaka
Alumni Coordinator

Nadeesha joined Projects Abroad in April 2010 to the Social Media Team. In 2012 she joined the Alumni team and gets in touch with UK volunteers after they finish their placements and helps to develop the UK Alumni Network. She holds a degree in IT. She has also completed higher studies in World affairs and is very interested in reading books.

Hannah Atkins - UK Content Creator Hannah Atkins
UK Content Creator

Hannah joined the UK team in 2016 as a Content Creator, helping to write website updates, newsletters and the like. She has an undergraduate degree in Politics and English, and an Honours in International Relations. Hannah is a born and bred Capetonian, and has travelled across Western Europe – but there are plenty more destinations she'd like to explore.

Gary Manuel - Programme Advisor Gary Manuel
Programme Advisor

Gary completed his studies in Marketing at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He joined Projects Abroad in June 2016 as a Volunteer Coordinator and became part of the UK Marketing team as a Programme Advisor in September 2016. Native to South Africa, he resides in Cape Town and plans to travel the world.

Megan Bloomfield - Programme Advisor Megan Bloomfield
Programme Advisor

Megan first joined Projects Abroad as a volunteer shortly after graduating from the University of Roehampton with a degree in Philosophy in 2015. She volunteered on the International Development project in South Africa and the Conservation project in Botswana and now speaks to potential volunteers about joining our programmes. Megan is a keen traveller and has recently embarked on a solo backpacking trip around Western Europe, and also enjoys going to the theatre, ice skating and spending time with family and friends.

Megan has visited South Africa.

Overseas Recruitment

And we have people helping us recruit volunteers from around the world too.

Will Pashley - in Australia Will Pashley
in Australia

Will first joined as a volunteer teacher in Moldova in 1992. Since that eye opening experience he has gone through a variety of jobs and travels and now runs the Australia office from Adelaide. He is a regular sportsman who is frequently found with a cricket bat in his hand.

Claartje van Wayenburg - in Holland Claartje van Wayenburg
in Holland

Claartje coordinates out recruitment in the Netherlands. She has joined Projects Abroad in 2008. She has worked for our office in Cape Town, volunteered with us in Thailand and has recently visited our projects in Ghana, Cambodia and Fiji. She studied Leisure Management and enjoys scuba diving and travelling.

Ashish John - in India Ashish John
in India

Ashish has been working with Projects Abroad since January 2009. After working for operations in Nepal and India, Ashish has joined Recruitment Team in India in 2013. He believes that Indian students should get a chance to explore the world. He is a cricket player and is often seen with a bat during his free time.

John Cullen - in Ireland John Cullen
in Ireland

John has a degree in English and Philosophy from NUI Galway as well as a Masters degree in Marketing. He joined Projects Abroad as a Disaster Relief Coordinator in Nepal in 2015 and is delighted to take on his new role as Recruitment Director for Ireland.

Simona Eco - in Italy Simona Eco
in Italy

Simona has volunteering and working experience in different countries of Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. She is now back in Italy where she coordinates with Serena our new recruitment office, opened on August 2007 in the beautiful city of Naples.

Lukasz Lach - in Poland Lukasz Lach
in Poland

Lukasz has been working for Projects Abroad in Poland since October 2011. He is an enthusiast of the Faroe Islands and in his spare time he enjoys running a website about these islands.

Tom Pastorius - Head of Global Recruitment Tom Pastorius
Head of Global Recruitment

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Education: B.A. in Philosophy, Princeton University, M.S. in Business in Administration, New York University
Favorite travel experience: Crossing a glacier in Patagonia
Projects Abroad countries visited: Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Cambodia, China, India, Italy, Jamaica, Ghana, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam

Lars Lindberg - in Sweden Lars Lindberg
in Sweden

Lars manages the Swedish recruitment office since 2012. He has a long background in international exchange programmes and enjoys visiting new countries.


Lars has visited Ghana, Peru, Romania, South Africa, Tanzania and Togo during his time with Projects Abroad.

Shigeki Nakamura - Japanese Country Director Shigeki Nakamura
Japanese Country Director

Shigeki joined Projects Abroad in 2017 as the Country Director for Japan. His love of travel began when he first visited Hawaii with his family at the age of nine, and he later decided to study Development Studies at the University of Leeds in England. He enjoys exploring historical places such as Angkor Wat in Siem Reap and Petra in Jordan, and he hopes to add Samarkand in Uzbekistan to his expanding list. If he had the chance, Shigeki would hop on a plane and join the volunteers and team on the Building Project in Tanzania.

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