Malcolm is Meaningful Volunteers's founder.
He was born and bred in South Auckland and had a successful ten year career in information technology before volunteering for six months in the Philippines and nine months in Africa.
He became disillusioned with the "volunteer tourism" he saw, and founded Meaningful Volunteer so that international volunteers could make a real and meaningful impact on developing communities.
Malcolm lives with his wife Megin in British Columbia, Canada
Megin was born in Cavite in the Philippines and was raised in Canada. Megin has the best of both countries.
With a social science background she has been working with the Ministry for Children and Family Development and Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (VACFSS) in British Columbia for the past nineteen years.
She's involved in the foster care system in Canada and has developed numerous community programs in Cavite specializing in child advocacy and female human rights.
She is our International Coordinator.
Esther is Meaningful Volunteer's district manger in Uganda.
Esther has been with Meaningful Volunteer since 2011. Esther graduated from the Islamic University in Uganda. She is the proud mother of her two sons Ian and Ethan.
Hema Gurung is Meaningful Volunteer’s District Manager for Nepal.
She comes from a large family of strong and intelligent women. She has chosen to focus on a career rather than starting her own family. She wants to financially support her parents and other members of her family, and to make a meaningful contribution to her home village.
She has volunteer supervisory experience at the WSDO office in Rithepani. She has also worked as a weaver for WSDO for many years. She was personally recommended by Ram Kali Khadka, founder of WSDO.
Mary is the housekeeper and cook for the volunteer guest house in Buyaya.
She also cooks the meals at our school.
Mary also picks up our volunteers from the airport and take them to the guest house in Buyaya.
Laarni is originally from the Philippines and now lives in Canada. She is the media manager for Meaningful Volunteer and is responsible for maintaining Meaningful Volunteer’s social media accounts. She acts in voluntary capacity
Anne is a Midwestern native; she was born and raised in Minnesota and received her Bachelors in Social Work and her Masters in Social Work, with a focus in Social Policy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Anne led a student campaign against genocide in Darfur, advocated for international fair trade, and learned extensively from her travels and volunteerism in Ghana, Southeast Asia, and Central America, as well as throughout the United States. She has also advocated extensively with and for the developmental disability community and is passionate about women’s rights.
Currently Anne is the Housing Coordinator for three homeless shelters that serve families and single women in Madison, Wisconsin.
Heather was born in Minneapolis, and received her BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is now an MA candidate in the Human Security and Peacebuilding program at Royal Roads University in BC, Canada.
Heather spent a combined 12 years in Europe and Asia before moving to Canada in 2011. For 9 years she worked in educational publishing in Seoul, South Korea, and served on the International Outreach Team for House of Sharing, residence and museum for survivors of Japanese military sexual slavery during WWII (“Comfort Women”), for 5 of those years. She also worked closely with other Korean NGOs dealing with women’s rights, migrant workers’ rights, and sex trafficking. In Canada, she continues to fight for the justice of survivors of sexual slavery by volunteering with BC ALPHA.
Heather met Malcolm many years back while living in Korea, and has been involved with Meaningful Volunteer in a number of ways ever since. She’s now honored to be taking on the role of Program Coordinator for Meaningful Volunteer Nepal.