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All Out Africa employs a network of over 40 field and office staff in more than 4 countries. Together we work to ensure the success of the project, as well as the enjoyment and fulfillment of the volunteer. The people listed below highlight some of the core areas of this network but do not in any way account for all the others who work so hard to make this success possible.

Kim Roques

Kim Roques

Founder & Director

Kim is the Founder and Director of All Out Africa. He grew up in rural Swaziland and attained his MSc in Conservation & Ecology. Before starting All Out Africa in 2004 he spent 7 years working on various conservation and community development programs in Swaziland. Kim’s professional interest is in developing sustainable entreprenurial solutions for conservation and community development in Africa. His personal interests include his family, sport, wildlife, travel and people.

Roland Thorne

Roland Thorne

Director of Tours and Expeditions

Roland is our Director of Tours and Expeditions, based in our Tours Department office in Malkerns, Swaziland. Rols is an environmental tourism practitioner from Swaziland with interests in responsible travel, tours and expeditions, community development, conservation, program management and entrepreneurial development.

Projects Head Office | Swaziland

Sarah Corley

Sarah Corley

Manager, Volunteer Travel Program

Sarah joins the All Out team from London, as the Volunteer & Student Travel Program Manager. Sarah manages all our projects and country destinations, and is based in our Head Office in Swaziland. Sarah has a Master’s Degree in HR and a huge passion for both Africa and volunteering. She has traveled across Africa and has volunteered herself, so understands how volunteering can be a rewarding and life changing experience.

Yuko Braithwaite

Yuko Braithwaite

Foundation Manager

Yuko joins All Out Africa as the Foundation Manager in 2015. She has her Masters in Education Development Studies from the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. She has worked in the development sector in Pakistan, Zambia and Swaziland. Her primary goal is to see the growth of donor funding and sponsorship in the All Out Africa non-profit foundation. The team is happy to welcome her!

Ginger Green

Ginger Green

Sales and Marketing Coordinator

Ginger Green is a native of the USA, where she graduated with a BFA in Art & Design from Columbia College in Chicago IL. She has over 10 years experience in Design and Marketing for both large corporate clients, independent compan’ys as well as the NGO sector. As a former volunteer placed in Swaziland, Ginger has spent the last 6 years in the country working as a marketing consultant and is now happy to call Swaziland home.
She has joined the All Out Africa team in 2016 as the Sales and Marketing Coordinator.

Tiphiwe Vilakati

Tiphiwe Vilakati

Accounts and Administration Officer

Tiphiwe holds a Diploma In Call Centre Management and Interpersonal and currently pursuing an Advanced Diploma in Business Management at Mananga Centre. She has just joined the All Out Africa Team and is excited to understand and appreciate the culture of different people from different countries.

Tjengisa Dlamini

Tjengisa Dlamini

Social Projects Coordinator

Tjengisa Dlamini was born in Mbabane, Swaziland, although his rural homestead is South of the Kingdom. He has qualifications in Sustainable Community Development, which he obtained at the University of Swaziland at a degree level. Tjengisa joined All Out Africa in April 2015, as our Social Projects Coordinator has been quoted as being "excited and privileged" that he would be heading a department related to Social initiatives among communities, be it rural or urban communities. He seeks to guide Swaziland Social Projects in creating sustainable grass-root community projects, to better the less fortunate population in the Kingdom of Swaziland.

Michael Mkhonta

Michael Mkhonta

Building Coordinator

Michael is originally from Mbabane, Swaziland and works in Swaziland as the Building Coordinator. He has 15 years of building experience in the private sector. He enjoys working with volunteers because after guiding a team in local building methods, they work passionately to finish the project. Michael also serves as the Siswati teacher for interested volunteers and backpackers. He has been with All Out Africa since 2009.

Menzi Masina

Menzi Masina

Sports Coordinator

Menzi has worked with volunteers for 4 years. Originally from Manzini, Swaziland Menzi operates as the Sports Coordinator. He earned his degree from the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa after which he joined the People Educational Theater where he gained experience in sports, theater and clowning. Menzi‘s favourite aspect about Swaziland is it’s vibrant culture and laid back atmosphere.

Behlule Ndlela

Behlule Ndlela

Assistant Sports Coordinator

With more than 3 years experience as a volunteer at the OlympAfrica Sports Development Centre in Lobamba, Behlule is perfectly suited to his role as one of our Assistant Sports Coordinators in Swaziland. His interactions with All Out Africa volunteers from around the world have enabled him to share many ideas and learn about a variety cultures, while also affording him the opportunity to facilitate the beautiful, peaceful Swazi experience.

Tanele Mdluli

Tanele Mdluli

Sponsorship Coordinator

Tanele Mdluli joins All Out Africa as the Sponsorship Coordinator in 2015. She is enthused about beginning her studies in Social Work at the University of Swaziland next year. She has five years of experience in education and health related projects with a reputable Swazi based company. The team is happy to welcome her!

Xolile Dlamini

Xolile Dlamini

Office Cleaner

Xolile works for All Out Africa as the head office cleaner in Ezulwini, Swaziland and provides invaluable support as well as lots of laughs with her bubbly personality in the office. She‘s recently picked up the nickname "Dorothy", but no matter what we’re calling her, she’s our ray of sunshine with the best giggle to match.

Tours Team | Swaziland

Nana Shili

Nana Shili

Administration and Tourism Officer

Nana studied towards a B-Tech in Tourism Management in Pietermaritzburg at the Durban University of Technology. She then went on to acquire a Certificate in Front Office from Tshwane University of Technology. She is currently working towards obtaining her Masters in Tourism Management. Nana is passionate about traveling and loves meeting new people. She joined the All Out Africa Tours team in November of 2014.

Lee-Ann Debbie Carvalho

Lee-Ann Debbie Carvalho

Reservations and Marketing Officer

Debbie, as we affectionately know her, is the Reservations and Marketing Officer at All Out Africa Tours. She completed her tertiary studies at Varsity College in Westville, Kwazulu-Natal. She is currently working towards obtaining her Diploma in Public Relations through Varsity College, Pretoria. She is incredibly passionate about children and traveling. Debbie joins the All Out Africa family in November of 2014.

Bob Motsa

Bob Motsa

Lead Guide for Tours and Expeditions

Bob is a well-loved and respected tourism practitioner from Swaziland, and the lead Tour Guide for All Out Africa. His interests include backpacker travel, tours and expeditions, wildlife guiding, cultural guiding and community development. His relaxed nature puts volunteers at ease, his knowledge of wildlife and cultural facts ensures that volunteers get the most out of their tours and his patience allows for everything to run smoothly.

Mpho Nhlengetfwa

Mpho Nhlengetfwa

Tour Guide

Mpho serves as one of our 6 tour guides operating from Swaziland. Originally from Lobamba, Swaziland, the Lobamba Village tour is his speciality as well as the Swazi to Cape Tour. Mpho is a skilled communicator, has a memory of an elephant, a passion for music and is sure to show the volunteers an amazing time!

Melusi Zikalala

Melusi Zikalala

Tour Guide

Melusi is one of All Out’s most bashful tour guides. His mild mannered nature is what draws many people to him, and as such our volunteers and travelers always speak highly of him and enjoy getting him to come out of his shell. The going joke in the office has often been how he and Melissa would claim to have swapped roles in the office as they both hold the nickname "Mel" which appears on the Tours Office task and schedule boards.

Bhekive Makhanya

Bhekive Makhanya

Tour Guide

Bhekive is All Out‘s ’connoisseur‘ on all things Lobamba Village. Bhekive grew up in the Lobamba Village in Swaziland, which is the country’s cultural and historical centre playing home to the royal residences and the national museum and archives. This is All Out’s signature authentic cultural heritage tour which forms a part of our volunteer orientation and Bhekive is just the guy you want guiding you through it.

Lidwala Backpackers Lodge Team | Swaziland

Phumie Mamba

Phumie Mamba

Lidwala Lodge Manager

Phumie is the Lidwala Backpacker Lodge manager, a lodge proudly owned and operated by All Out Africa in Ezulwini, Swaziland. He has always said that his primary goal is to give customers the best experience possible. He feels that his experience with hosting our volunteers is the best so far because you get to know them and make friends or know them enough so you get to know their characters so you can juggle what you can do to keep them happy while they are at the lodge. Phumie says, so far so good and is confident that team Lidwala can keep it growing from strength to strength.

Phetsile Lopez

Phetsile Lopez

Assistant Lidwala Lodge Manager

Phetsile is the assistant manager at Lidwala Lodge. She was born in Swaziland and has an undying passion for the hospitality and tourism industry. She joined the team in July 2014 as an intern and she became a full time part of the team as assistant lodge manager in October 2014. She has an Associate Degree in Hotel Management which she obtained from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. She strives for continued excellence in providing the best services at the lodge.

Ndumiso Mndzebele

Ndumiso Mndzebele

Assistant Lodge Manager

Ndumiso is the assistant manager at Lidwala Backpacker Lodge. He joined the All Out Africa team in 2010. He was originally born in Manzini but now lives in Mbabane Swaziland. Ndumiso has 5 years experience in working with volunteers and backpackers at Lidwala and enjoys that his job allows him to meet with new people from a multitude of places.

Ntombikayise Mndzebele

Ntombikayise Mndzebele

Lidwala Lodge Assistant

Notmbi was sponsored by All Out Africa to attend high school as of 2008. Her All Out sourced sponsor, Pauline Clarke, in conjunction with All Out built her family a home, furnished it, and went on to sponsor her daughter to attend pre-school. In 2013 Ntombi completed her secondary schooling and in September 2014 she started working for Lidwala in place of one of the cleaners, and then got promoted working as an office intern! She now actively assists Lidwala Lodge office.

Nonhlanhla Dlamini

Nonhlanhla Dlamini

Lidwala Lodge Support Staff

Nonhlanhla is affectionately known as Mildred and is arguably Lidwala Lodge’s best cook. Her Swazi Traditional meals on a Tuesday have people coming to the Lodge from far and wide around the valley and its surrounds.

Jabu Ngubane

Jabu Ngubane

Lidwala Lodge Support Staff

Jabu is an invaluable member of the Lidwala Lodge staff and people often refer to her as make (pronounced maa - ge) which means mother in SiSwati, the native language of the Kingdom. She is an incredible seamstress and she’d probably be able to pick out at least one item of clothing in the staffs weekly wardrobe that she has either made or tended to.

Ncobile Mgabhi

Ncobile Mgabhi

Lidwala Lodge Support Staff

Ncobile is arguably Lidwala’s friendliest face and has been with the team through highs and lows over the years. She will make sure that everything is spick and span for guests arrival and leaves her personal touch on all that she does.

Sibusiso Dlamini

Sibusiso Dlamini

Lidwala Lodge Support Staff

Sibusiso is the gardener with the infectious smile. Always ready and eager to help where he can and making sure along with his colleagues that the stunning sprawling grounds that make up All Out Africa Head Office and Lidwala Lodge are manicured and well kept all year long.

General Motsa

General Motsa

Lidwala Lodge Support Staff

General forms part of the gardening team at Lidwala Lodge and is the one who skips to his own drum. Always smiling and upbeat, nothing seems to bother him.

Makhosini Mabegeza

Makhosini Mabegeza

Lidwala Lodge Support Staff

Makhosini is our gentle giant, towering over us all at a staggering 6ft 6", forms part of our awesome security crew. His charm and laugh gets everyone chuckling along with him, whether or not we’ve gotten the joke!

Solly Shabangu

Solly Shabangu

Lidwala Lodge Support Staff

Solly is the latest member to the gardening crew and is often referred to as the shy one. We understand, Solly, we are quite the eclectic and colourful family to fit into, you will too soon! All Out welcomes Solly to the team!

Savannah Research Centre Team | Swaziland

Mduduzi Ngwenya

Mduduzi Ngwenya

Assistant Swaziland Conservation Coordinator

Mdu as we all know him is All Out Africa’s local Assistant Savannah Conservation Coordinator and he has been out at the Mbuluzi Game Reserve where our research centre is based, since almost the beginning of it all! He is our tracker extraordinaire and conducted vast amounts trapping research on small rodents, birds and bats, collating invaluable data for the centre.

Mnqobi Mamba

Mnqobi Mamba

Assistant Savannah Research Coordinator

Mnqobi is a student aspiring to work in conservation management. He has joined the All Out Africa team as Mdu’s right hand man in assisting with consevation and research efforts at our Savannah Research Centre at the Mbuluzi Game Reserve in north eastern Swaziland.

Zanele Dlamini

Zanele Dlamini

Assistant Savannah Research Coordinator

Zanele, or "Zee", is the Savannah Research Centre ‘mom’. She‘ll make sure that by the time you leave the centre, you’ll be more than comfortable in coming back to your new work/home environment over the years, if for nothing more than her famous fried chicken!

South Africa Team

Sarah Gelder

Sarah Gelder

Hout Bay Backpackers Manager

Sarah manages Hout Bay Backpackers in Hout Bay, Cape Town. Sarah’s first position was managing a lodge in Uganda on the banks of the Nile River, which was a great experience and introduction to Africa. She then moved on to Malawi in a lodge on Cape Maclear, then relocated to a very remote lodge in Northern Zambia on lake Tanganyika, and last before joining All Out Africa she ran a lodge in Livingstone Southern Zambia! Sarah is now a proud resident of South Africa, having British roots herself. She has been working for All Out Africa for two and a half years managing Hout Bay Backpackers, which she absolutely loves. She also loves cooking, walking her dog Molly, looking after guests at the backpackers, and making them feel at home in her my home.

Nqobile Khumalo

Nqobile Khumalo

Bookings Officer

Having studied Tourism Management, Nqobile fills the vital role of All Out Africa‘s Bookings & Administration Officer. Based in our Swaziland office, she has a passion for travel and sustainable tourism. She has a deep admiration for volunteers, citing them as some of the bravest people by their ability to leave their comfort zones and explore strange and exciting places, while doing good and giving back at the same time. She loves Swaziland for the generous spirit and harmony of the people, and is sure that our volunteers will likewise appreciate the locals’ warmth and hospitality that is so synonymous with the southern Africa culture.

Ruth

Ruth

Office Cleaner

Ruth works at Hout Bay Backpackers as the cleaner. She is from the Eastern cape and she has two beautiful children who love to visit the lodge every once and a while. She has been with Hout Bay Backpackers right from the beginning and has provided much needed support!

Mozambique Team

Katie Elizabeth Reeve-Arnold

Katie Elizabeth Reeve-Arnold

Marine Research Coordinator

Katie has a degree in Zoology from Trinity College in Dublin and a Masters by Research in Medical Science from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Her previous tropical and marine field experience focused on butterfly assemblage changes in response to disturbance in Sulawesi, Indonesia, parasite-loading in fruit and insectivorous bats in Uganda, sampling and processing for habitat mapping of the Irish Sea, and currently reef health and large marine fauna species off the coast of Mozambique. Katie is fascinated by scientific experimental design and data collection structure. She enjoys teaching and developing the capacity and sense of wonder and appreciation in others.

Messias Antonio

Messias Antonio

Social Projects Coordinator

Messias, a Mozambican native, works as the Mozambique Social Projects Coordinator. He has worked with All Out Africa for the past 2.5 years. Having studied philosophy, he has experience in the hospitality and community development fields. He enjoys exposing volunteers to the rich spirit and culture of Mozambique, while employing their skills in the much needed community development projects. Not only is he trilingual, but a savy business man at that!

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