The Discover Corps team comes from a wide variety of backgrounds, but they all share a passion for world cultures — and a belief that responsible, sustainable travel can make the world a better place.
Andrew Motiwalla, Founder & Director
Andrew served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Central America. His overseas volunteer experience ignited a passion to share that experience with others, and he became vice president at a non-profit international volunteer organization. There he set up volunteer operations in 10 countries around the world. Later, he did brief stints with a couple of tech start-up companies. Returning to his passion for helping connect people of different cultures, he founded Terra Education, from which Discover Corps was later born.
Alex discovered his passion for travel while studying Global & International Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara when he studied in Bangkok, Thailand. After graduation, he spent two years in Poland and Germany completing his MA in Global Studies. Since then, Alex has volunteered abroad and traveled extensively across Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa and Latin America.
Judy Calkins, Controller
A California native, Judy earned her degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA. She has held several leadership positions in the hospitality industry and was the general manager of national hotels in San Diego. Judy also loves to travel; she has volunteered abroad in Peru and Belize.
Angela Bailey, Travel Specialist
Angela was born and raised in a small fishing town in Alaska and attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage where she received a degree in International Studies. She has a passion for travel and has explored various countries throughout Central America and Southeast Asia, volunteering in community based projects in Thailand and El Salvador.
Amanda’s career started in search engine optimization where she worked from home for 4 years, which offered her the opportunity to travel the world while working. This is where her passion for travel was finally put into practice, taking her around the world with people she met along the way. Amanda looks forward to helping create these experiences for others through Discover Corps trips.
Michelle Lopez, Travel Specialist
Michelle’s passion for travel ignited when she was just a kid after she visited her family who lives in city of Tepic Nayarit, Mexico. To further pursue this interest, she earned a degree in Hospitality Management from San Diego State University. Her studies allowed her to embark on many journeys abroad; she hopes to continue expanding her travels around the world.
John Worman, Travel Specialist
John majored in Finance at San Diego State University and began his career working in Financial Services, but he always felt the strong urge to see the world and would take off whenever he could. This lead him to pursue a career that aligned with his appetite for travel. He has been to 17 countries across 5 continents so far and loves to share his enthusiasm for going abroad with Discover Corps travelers.
Adriene Theune, Travel Operations Assistant
Born in Thailand and raised in Colorado, Adrienne has always had an interest in traveling and the great outdoors.As an AmeriCorps Alum and graduate of a Global Tourism degree, Adrienne is happy to be a part of the Discover Corps team. She currently lives in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Scott Dye, Marketing Coordinator
Scott was born in Italy, grew up in Florida and has spent most of the last few years in San Diego. He is passionate about the environment and travel, which led him to his current graduate program in Sustainability. When he’s not writing or playing basketball, you will find him on the water – most likely on a surfboard.
Ellen Arnison, Travel Specialist
Ellen discovered her love of travel through her passion for foreign languages, graduating from Fairfield University with a degree in Spanish and French. During her undergrad years, Ellen utilized her language skills working as an Au-pair in Spain; and studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. Ellen’s studies and travels have encouraged her to join the Discover Corps team in Costa Rica to help others explore the world.
Olivia Anderson, Travel Specialist
Olivia first realized her passion for travel while living in Incirlik, Turkey as a child. She earned a degree in Political Science and Applied Philosophy from Simpson College where she also had the opportunity to spend a semester studying in Rosario, Argentina. Most recently, Olivia traveled to Costa Rica to study the ethics of ecotourism where she fell in love with the Tico culture. She now lives in San José.
Interested in joining our team? Check out our available positions.