Our Global Staff
Gogi leaders are members of a global village of relationships and connections -- each leader is a personal friend and an essential element of the Gogi organization.
Our leaders are chosen for their local wisdom, cultural curiosity, and true sense of compassion and kindness.
Christine Armiger, Spain Coordinator and Trip Leader
Trip Leader and Coordinator, Christine Armiger has served as a Science Instructor and Sustainability Coordinator at Vermont Academy since 2008. Christine earned her MS in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England. Her passion for sustainability and culture is apparent when teaching students about Spain’s environment and its people.
Charlie Boswell, Trip Leader
Charlie Boswell graduated from The University of New Hampshire in 1993, with a B.A. in English. He has taught high school English, ESL, sculpture, and a dynamic 5th grade curriculum grounded in thematic, hands-on projects, integrated rope course instruction, hiking, orienteering, rafting, and camping trips for 15+ years. Charlie is a member of The National Ski Patrol and a Nationally Registered Advanced EMT.
Mathias Dammer, Peru and Ecuador Trip Leader
Mathias Dammer was born and raised on his family farm in the Ecuadorian Andes. He is a free spirit, always eager to explore the mountains by bike or foot. Mathias is an accomplished climber, mountain guide, white water paddler, organic farmer and a father by heart. Mathias is co-director of Nahual Expediciones, a family owned outdoor education school that teaches young people about sustainable living and outdoor activities. https://nahual.com.ec/
Michael Dammer, Peru and Ecuador Trip Leader
Michael is the co-director of Nahual Expediciones and was born and raised in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. Michael has been leading trips for over 15 years and now works as a professional mountain guide and instructor of adventure sports in Ecuador and USA. He has a great deal of knowledge about history and is known for his amazing photographs.For more photos and bikepacking adventures visit his blog: http://eltaraumara.blogspot.com/2016/09/bikepacking-nanegalito-pachijal.html
Marcea Macinnis, Peru and Ecuador Trip Leader
Marcea Macinnis comes to Gogi Abroad with a diverse background of travel, mentoring, and phenomenal teaching. She is originally from Saxtons River, Vermont and has a B.A. from Marlboro College. Marcea has been an instructor for Nahual Expediciones for 10+ years and lives in Ecuador with her 3 children and husband. She brings a passion for the natural world and teaches with a rich and diverse knowledge of herbal remedies, including flowers, roots and leaves. https://nahual.com.ec/
Nicole Marchan, Peru and Ecuador Trip Leader
Accomplished climber, Galapagos guide, herbalist, yoga instructor and mother, Nicole Marchan was born and raised in the Andes where she lived with her family in Quito. Nicole has a deep respect and knowledge of Andean nature, people and traditional ways. She studied Biology (BSc, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Quito, EC) and for many years works with indigenous people in different sustainable projects. https://nahual.com.ec/
Marcela Restrepo, Peru and Ecuador Trip Leader
Marcela Restrepo holds a B.A. from the University of Canterbury, NZ and a Rudolf Steiner diploma. She brings a love for the outdoors and sustainable skills, a passion for art, culture and good food. She has been traveling and working with groups for over 10 years, from trips in the Galapagos Islands and biking expeditions in New England to trekking in New Zealand and month-long journeys throughout Ecuador. She lives and works at Nahual, Palugo Farm in Ecuador, with her partner Michael and two sons. https://nahual.com.ec/
Thomas Dammer, Peru and Ecuador Trip Leader
Thomas was born and raised on a dairy farm in the Andes outside of Quito, Ecuador. He graduated with a degree in Agricultural Engineering from San Francisco University in Quito. Thomas is a seasoned teacher and has the natural ability to connect with students and adults alike with compassion, enthusiasm and kindness. He has worked with teenagers for over 10 years, leading outdoor programs for Kroka and Outward Bound courses in both Ecuador and the U.S. He now lives in Ecuador in his handmade house with his wife and 2 daughters, Naya and Nina. https://nahual.com.ec/
Leyeyo Kipamba, Tanzania Trip Leader
Leyeyo is a Maasai, born in Longido Tanzania where he lived for the first 8 years of his life. He moved to Vermont with two American parents who had been volunteering in his village. This was a big culture shock for him, however, Leyeyo learned English quickly, and later attended The Grammar School and Vermont Academy. Leyeyo currently attends College in the US where he is studying business with the aspiration of getting into the world of cultural tourism and continuing to help his village. He has returned to Africa almost every year and he is still fluent in Kiswahili
Fred Francis, Tanzania Trip Leader
Frederick Francis Ole Ikayo is a Maasai native born in Longido, Tanzania. Fred comes to Gogi Abroad with a wealth of life experience, including that of his Maasai cultures and traditions. Fred also studied abroad in the states when he was a teenager for a year. He has great compassion and brings a sense of humor to each of our trips in Tanzania.
Leigha Allen, Business Manager
Leigha is a long-time office administrator and lover of all things travel (even airports). During her time in college, she earned a BA in Environmental Science and was able to travel and study abroad in Madrid, Spain and the Galapagos islands. Leigha was born and raised in Vermont, where she now lives with her daughter. She looks forward to bringing her 15+ years office management skills and enthusiasm for travel to the Gogi Abroad team!
Tribal Gap Year Coordinators
Miguel Revatta, Peru Tribal Gap Year Coordinator
A native of Peru, Miguel is extremely passionate about sharing the values and customs of his country with the volunteer traveler's that he works with. He can’t wait to introduce even more people to the food, the people, and the culture of his native homeland. After earning a degree in Hotel Management, he had the opportunity to work for Orient Express in Peru Rail and the Hiram Bingham Service– the exclusive train that goes to Machu Picchu. When not at work, Miguel enjoys riding his motorcycle and spending time with family.
Francis Ole Ikayo, Tanzania Tribal Gap Year Coordinator
Francis was born en Endulen which is in the Ngorongoro Convervation Area. He grew up in a boma and has many warrior stories when he was a young warrior. Francis was chosen from his boma to go to school. He his a successful business man and takes good care of the Maasai tribe. Francis holds a BA degree in Community Development from Daystar University in Kenya and holds a degree in Organizational Development from the United States International Univesity-Africa, Nairobi, Kenya. Francis is married to Glory and has three children.
Phuri Kitar Sherpa, Nepal Tribal Gap Year Coordinator
From his youngest years growing up in the Everest Region of Nepal (Chourikharka 2, Solukhumbu), Phuri has been trekking and guiding for most of his life. Phuri’s father, Ang Gyeljen Sherpa, was a trekking guide for over 25 years and by 17, Phuri was leading treks as an assistant guide. 2019 will mark his 17th year of leading treks and ascents on the most beautiful peaks and areas in Nepal. Phuri takes great pleasure in introducing students to his family and the natural beauty of Nepal. He is the founder Himalayan Friends Trekking. http://www.hftreks.com/home.html
Laura Montoya, Spain Tribal Gap Year Coordinator
Laura loves travelling and connecting with Gap year students in her home country of Spain. Before graduating as a financial economist, achieving her dream job in the fashion industry, and earning a masters in Digital Marketing and Ecommerce, Laura decided to travel abroad in Vermont when she was only 14 years old. That trip was transformative for Laura and she’s excited to share her wealth of experience with Gap year students.