The Home Office

Our Home Office Team works with a team of dozens of local professionals that make up our In-Country Teams. Each country where we operate has a local Country Director, Program Managers, and many highly-trained professionals working every day to ensure each program is well-planned and executed to maximize impact.  Our Home Office Team provides the logistical support you need to promote, enroll, and prepare while our In-Country Teams are the local experts who work year-round to make our projects sustainable and volunteer experience life changing. 


Co-Founder & President


Erik Werner has been working in the volunteer student travel field for the past 25 years.  As a former Peace Corps Volunteer, High School Spanish teacher,  Service-Travel Company Owner, and father of three children, he is a passionate believer in the profound educational outcomes these programs provide.   “I thoroughly enjoy the process of collaborating with teachers, parents, and students to make these experiences a reality and to provide young adults with the opportunity to expand their global horizons and feel empowered to make a difference.”   When Erik is not planning trips abroad he can be found skiing, biking, and spending time with his family in Boulder, Colorado.  Erik can be reached anytime at:


Program Specialist


Emilie Virgilio has been dedicating her time towards volunteering and actively learning about various cultures since she graduated from the University of Maryland in 2016. The She has spent the past three years traveling around the world breaking stereotypes and forming global friendships. Her humanitarian work through organizations including Girl Scouts and the YWCA have driven her passion to advocate and empower youth.  Emilie currently resides and works alongside our team in Panama City, Panama.   As a Program Specialist , she provides all pre-support for our Costa Rica and Guatemala programs.  Emilie can be reached anytime at:


Program Specialist


Hailey Roodberg graduated from Gonzaga University in 2016 with degrees in International Relations and Spanish and has been traveling and living abroad ever since.  She is passionate about learning about other cultures and exploring all corners of the world.  Hailey currently resides and works alongside our team in Panama City, Panama.   As a Program Specialist , Hailey provides all pre-support for our Honduras, Panama, Ghana, Morocco, and Greece programs. She can be reached at:


Interested in joining our team of passionate individuals to bring enriching volunteer experiences to others? View our available opportunities.