Meet the Team

Kelly

Director & Co-Founder

Kelly is the Director and Co-Founder of Love Volunteers, our inspirational leader, and the heart and soul of the LV team. Prior to Love Volunteers, Kelly had traveled extensively and loved 'giving back' at home and abroad. As a result, she witnessed first-hand both the good and the bad of volunteering, and was determined to be part of an organisation that was ‘different’... one who’s focus was on the communities, volunteers and partners. Kelly understands the requirements of meaningful and sustainable volunteer programs, and is passionate about ensuring Love Volunteers operates in accordance with that original vision.

As Director of LV, Kelly oversees all aspects of the organisation – a truly mammoth task in itself, yet she still relishes the direct contact she has with all of our amazing volunteers on a daily basis. She has personally assisted, guided, and supported thousands of volunteers carry out meaningful, life-changing projects all around the world. If you have any questions regarding Love Volunteers, volunteering, traveling, or any of the wonderful programs we offer, feel free to send her an email at kelly@lovevolunteers.org.

“During the course of my travels I have been privileged and honoured to meet so many amazing volunteers, and inspiring partners who are dedicated to helping others; and to have the opportunity to experience some life-changing projects. The joy and happiness one person can bring to the life of another less fortunate has filled me with a sense of hope and I always look forward to sharing this with others."

Julian

Founder & Non-Executive Director

As a kiwi, Julian is used to traveling and has spent many years living and working around the world. In 2009, he participated in an expensive volunteer program that seemed to offer little value to the local community. He thought there must be a better way and decided to set up a volunteer agency that focused on meaningful programs with transparent costs. 

Julian was responsible for the first version of the lovevolunteers.org site, which has since had a very welcome refresh. After several months of building the site and meeting with community groups around the world Love Volunteers was ready to go. Month one was slow, our first volunteer signing up to visit Palestine. Then 10 more in month two. It was enough for Julian to convince his sister Kelly to jump on board. Five years on and Love Volunteers sends hundreds of volunteers every month. Julian resigned his position in 2013 to work on other projects, leaving the organisation in Kelly’s capable hands, but is still involved here and there for technical disasters, strategy meetings, etc.

“I have experienced some amazing projects during my travels, but after my first volunteer placement I was troubled by some important questions. Where do the program fees really go? Do they end up with the local communities where it is most needed? After some simple investigation (which I urge you to do!) I was shocked to find that only a portion of volunteers contributions where actually ending up where it was truly needed! Yes, the most important part of volunteering cannot be expressed by dollars or cents, but why then are program fees so high? And so the idea of LV was born. If I can offer one piece of advice to all prospective volunteers, it would be ‘do your homework!’. There are a lot of choices when it comes to volunteering, but find out where the money you're spending is really going. Then come and talk to us.. we would Love to have you on the team!"

Mike

Programs Manager

Mike is the newest addition to the Love Volunteers team. He has traveled throughout Europe, South America, and South East Asia, during a time he affectionately refers to as “The Wonder Years!”. More recently, Mike has developed his career in the field of Operations and Project Management, and has a wealth of knowledge in these areas.

Mikes joins the LV team in the role of Program Manager, and is responsible for the assessment and implementation of new programs, the efficient management of existing programs, and the continual improvement process we use to ensure all our programs meet our strict requirements regarding ethics, effectiveness, safety, and sustainability. If you have any questions regarding any of our programs, Mike is the man to talk to!

Mike can be contacted at mike@lovevolunteers.org.

"Hola mis amigos! I am truly grateful to be a part of the amazing team here at LV. Kelly and the rest of the LV family are so passionate about what they do.. providing meaningful opportunities for all you absolutely amazing people in the world who are willing to put others before themselves, and offer your skills, knowledge, and time to help those who are less fortunate. I have had the privilege of seeing first hand the joy and prosperity our volunteers have brought to the people who need it most. I truly look forward to sharing that with you all. If you have any questions about any of our wonderful programs, please don’t hesitate to ask. Nos encantarĂ­a tenerte en el equipo!”

Amanda

Volunteer Coordinator

Amanda is the baby of the Love Volunteers family (and younger sister to Julian and Kelly). She wholeheartedly believes in the LV cause and gives her time freely to help with volunteer inquiries, social media, admin and anything else that comes her way. Amanda has spent many years living and traveling abroad and has always been one to help others. She studied Psychology and has dedicated the last 7 years to working with vulnerable children in the USA, UK and NZ. She loves the opportunities that volunteering has given her, and is so passionate about working with people from all walks of life.

Amanda is our ‘go to person’ when it comes to all things Africa. This destination was on the top of her travel list for many years, and she finally had the opportunity to volunteer in Kenya and Tanzania in 2012. She has been ‘hooked’ ever since, and just returned from a busy couple of months meeting with partners and volunteers in another 6 African countries.

"Volunteering is an amazing way to really see the world. Becoming part of the local community completely changes your views of a country, and allows you to truly experience the different cultures. It can be scary and crazy at times, as your pushed passed your comfort zone, but it is the most amazing and life changing experience."