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The Home Office

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The Home Office Team works tirelessly with a dedicated In-Country Team of Country Directors, Program Managers, and highly-trained local staff to ensure every program is well-planned and executed.  Our Home Office Team provides all the logistical support you need to promote, enroll, prepare, and embark on an unforgettable group travel experience while our In-Country Teams are the local experts who look forward to demonstrating to your group how international volunteering can be a total “life-changer.” Not only are we super dedicated to giving the best volunteer and cultural immersion experience ever, but we’re also a pretty cool international bunch. 

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Program Director

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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: ewerner@squads.ngo

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Enrollment Specialist

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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. Through the peace organization CISV, she has been able to travel 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 lives and works in Cartago where she splits her time between the home-base and exploring the wonders of Costa Rica.  Emilie can be reached anytime at: evirgilio@squads.ngo

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Marketing Specialist

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Ashton Smalling grew up as an accomplished childhood actor from Dallas, Texas before getting her Bachelor of Arts in English from Wake Forest University.  She worked with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and founded AIM High, a non-profit organization that provides weekly after school classes in music, dance, drama and visual arts to underprivileged elementary and middle school children in Dallas.  Setting her sights internationally she spent several summers as a Program Leader in Southeast Asia leading high school students on service and adventure trips while working as a Social Media and Marketing Specialist for  Run Project and Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities.  Ashton can be reached anytime at: asmalling@squads.ngo

 

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