Meet the team

THE PEOPLE AT POD

Alex, Ellie, Erin, Gemma, Jirapan, Lucy, Sarah and Mike welcome you to Pod Volunteer!

Ellie

Role: Pod Volunteer Specialist

Joined Pod in: 2013

Travels include: Australia, Bali, India, Hong Kong, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Sr Lanka

Wouldn’t travel without: Portable charger and sleeping bag liner

Ellie

Erin

Role: Pod Volunteer Specialist, Partnerships Manager

Joined Pod in: 2010

Travels include: Belize, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Iceland, India, Kenya, Namibia, New Zealand, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand

Wouldn’t travel without: Travel wallet to keep all docs together and head torch

Erin

Gemma

Role: Pod Volunteer Specialist, Charity Manager

Joined Pod in: 2010

Travels include: China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, India, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Peru, Russia, Tanzania, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam

Wouldn’t travel without: Head torch and camera

Gemma

Lucy

Role: Pod Volunteer Specialist

Joined Pod in: 2016

Travels include: India, Ghana, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Bali, Australia, Russia, Iceland

Wouldn’t travel without: Camera and a Travel Pillow

Lucy

Sarah

Role: Pod Volunteer Specialist

Joined Pod in: 2014

Travels include: Australia, Hong Kong, Ghana, India, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand

Wouldn’t travel without: Camera and big scarf that can double as a blanket

Sarah

Jirapan

Role: Regional Manager - Thailand

Joined Pod in: 2003

Travels include: Cambodia, Tanzania, Thailand, USA, Vietnam

Wouldn’t travel without: Alex and the kids!

Jirapan

Alex

Role: Managing Director

Joined Pod in: Co-founder

Travels include: Australia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Tanzania, Thailand, USA, Vietnam

Wouldn’t travel without: Journal and family photos

Alex

Mike

Role: Director and Expedition specialist

Joined Pod in: Co-founder

Travels include: Belize, Ghana, Kenya, Nepal, New Zealand, Peru, Tanzania, Thailand

Wouldn’t travel without: Canoe and duct tape

Mike

AWARDS AND ACCREDITATIONS

  • Tourism Concern
  • Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust
  • Right Tourism
  • DOFE
  • theguardian
  • the independent
  • Sunday Times
  • Year Out Group
  • Best Volunteering Organisation
  • Wall Street Journal