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Thomas Peden

Founder and Executive Director

His first taste of travel came through a trip to Venezuela during his sophomore year in college. Before graduating from Trinity International University, Thomas took a second trip abroad, this time backpacking through Europe, further fueling his love of travel. In the winter of 2002, he took a leap of faith and founded World Endeavors as a way for to kindle an excitement for meaningful travel in others. He enjoys seeing people travel abroad for the first time and hearing about their experiences. In his spare time, Thomas enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, woodworking, and learning flamenco.

Mallory Lauerhunt

Outreach Manager

Mallory was raised in Minnesota. When she was a child, her family took numerous trips around the country, which sparked her interest in travel. Mallory attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, where she graduated with a BA in International Affairs. During university, Mallory studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. She was able to explore the country and gained a greater interest in other countries and their cultures. She has also visited Ireland, England, and Thailand. Other than traveling, Mallory likes to camp, be outside, bike, check out local art and music, and spend time with family and friends.

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Elaina Kropf

Assistant Outreach Manager

Elaina’s love of travel began on a high school group trip to Northern France, which inspired her to study abroad in Cannes, France. After receiving her BA in International Relations and French at the College of St. Benedict, she returned to Cannes to continue her studies of the French language, and had an internship during the Cannes Film Festival. During her stints in France, she traveled extensively through Europe. This summer, Elaina had the opportunity to visit New Zealand, Australia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and China, meeting amazing friends along the way.  When she’s not wandering around the world, Elaina loves riding her bike, running around the lakes in Uptown of Minneapolis, and trying in vain to recreate the exquisite cuisine of Thailand.

Natalia Etten

Outreach Coordinator

Natalia grew up by the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, where she fell in love with seafood, volunteering, and George Orwell’s writing. She has earned two Masters Degrees in two different parts of the world and in three different languages. Her career has always been rooted in youth development and international education, ever since she won her first grant from the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine to run a State Department’s advising program in Crimea. She was happy working with students and running her amateur youth drama theater for a few years, until Fulbright Scholarship brought her to Minnesota, which she now considers home. Natalia’s adventures have taken her to Russia, Georgia, Czech Republic, Hungary, and the Dominican Republic, so far. She enjoys swing dancing, simultaneous interpreting, and reciting poetry in her free time.

 

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Andy MacGregor

Participant Services Manager

Andy was born and raised in Portsmouth, in the United Kingdom, and went on to study International Business at Swansea University. It was during his study abroad year in Sweden that Andy fell in love with traveling. He has since been to forty countries across five continents. In 2011, he became qualified as an English language teacher and has taught in the Republic of Georgia, South Korea and Colombia. He is now experiencing life in Minnesota and successfully made it through his first winter! Aside from traveling, Andy enjoys reading, eating spicy food, watching soccer, and drinking good coffee. 

Jennifer Coffey

Participant Services Coordinator

Jennifer is originally from Wisconsin but her eyes were opened to the world abroad at the age of 16 while doing a high school exchange program in Europe.  From that moment, her passion for international travel and exploration blossomed as did her passion for learning and speaking French.  While pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in French Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she studied abroad in France and had the opportunity to travel to more than a dozen countries in Europe.  She later returned to teach English to children and teens in the Toulouse area of France through the Ministry of Education.  She then spent nearly 10 years teaching English, coordinating study and internship programs, and advising international students in Honolulu, Hawaii where she was able to continue to promote intercultural understanding and awareness.  In her free time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, swimming, cooking and going on adventures with her family.  In the future, she hopes to continue to learn new languages, travel to new countries and teach her children to be responsible global citizens.

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Johnna Bratt

Participant Services Coordinator

Raised in a small farming town in Minnesota, Johnna moved to New York to attend Barnard College. Inspired by her love for languages, she majored in Spanish and Latin American cultures, and studied French and Portuguese. She was deeply inspired by her experience on exchange in Chile, where she studied human rights and historical memory of Pinochet’s dictatorship. Eager to explore another part of the world, she participated in the JET Program, teaching English in elementary schools in Japan and coordinating international exchange events. Johnna loves film, hiking and planning trips to new places.

Mai Cha Vang

Accounting and Finance Coordinator

Mai Cha spent her childhood in a Hmong Refugee Camp in Thailand before immigrating to the US with her family when she was 8. She has always been fascinated by cultures and languages, and she studied Mandarin for two years in college. Eventually, she studied abroad in Korea to pursue Women’s Studies at Ehwa Woman’s University. While abroad, she learned to read and write in Korean and taught herself basic Japanese. Aside from languages, Mai Cha loves to learn and challenge herself. Her future goals include more volunteering and traveling abroad.

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Artur Arseni

Accounting and Finance Assistant

Artur spent his childhood growing up in Chișinău, Moldova. Having immigrated to the U.S. many new possibilities were opened. Artur is inspired by new sights and new cultures. When traveling, he prefers to find places and food to eat just like the locals would. Becoming a frequent flyer and avid road tripper, he has visited over 10 different countries and 30 U.S. states. Artur enjoys the outdoors, going to the gym, surfing and unlimited sushi dinner specials.

 

Join Our Team

Interested in joining our team? World Endeavors has several internship positions available year-round, and we occasionally have permanent staff positions available.

Please contact info@worldendeavors.com for more information about career and internship opportunities!