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Kaspar Schuler

Barbara Wülser

Director

Working for the Alps: when and where necessary

Background: Change Manager, Journalist, Cheese maker & pastoralist, businessman

Languages: German (mother tongue), English, French

My favourite place in the Alps: those small meadows at those last mountain streams that still roar unused and unspoilt over rocks

What excites me: Encounters

Jakob Dietachmair

Jakob Dietachmair

Deputy Director 
Contact

Working for the Alps: Monday-Friday

Background: Communication Sciences, Sustainaible Tourism Management

Languages: German, English, French (advanced)

My favourite place in the Alps: Anywhere the sun awakes me from a cosy bivouac

What excites me: rugged landscapes and mountains, high valleys with meandering rivers, cooking with high-quality products, every single minute on my bike(s)

Wolfgang Pfefferkorn

Wolfgang Pfefferkorn 150piProject Manager / Economic transition

Working for the Alps:  almost always and everywhere

Background: Regional Development, Organizational Development, Moderation- Conflict Management

Languages: French, German, English, Italian

My favourite place in the Alps: the whole terrain in the Silvretta in the Vorarlberg region of Austria 

What excites me: language itself, backcountry ski-touring, music, the sea

Magdalena Holzer

Magdalena HolzerProject Manager / Services
Contact

Working for the Alps: Monday - Friday

Background: master degree in conference interpreting, Higher vocational college for tourism

Languages: German (mother tongue), Italian, English, French, basic skills in Spanish and Portuguese

My favourite place in the Alps: unspoiled coniferous forests & mountain pastures (such as in the High Tauern National Park)

What excites me: nature in kitchen, cellar and garden, travelling and international dialogues

Marion Ebster

Project Manager / Nature and People

Working for the Alps:  Monday-Thursday

Background: Social- and Cultural Anthropology, Regional- and Location Management, Regional Development

Languages: German (Native Speaker), English (advanced), French (basic)

My favourite place in the Alps: in winter, on my skitouring skies in the backcountry, above the treeline – anywhere but gladly in the Montafon

What excites me: outdoors, immersed in nature, alone or in the company of equally enthusastic people, natural cuisine, typical regional food, good coffee

Caroline Begle

Coordinator / CommunicationsCaroline Begle
Contact

Working for the Alps: Monday-Thursday

Background: German Philology, Media Studies

Languages: German, English

My favourite place in the Alpsriver Lutz in the Walsertal

What excites me: singing, dancing, and the lust for life (in the Alps)

Maya Mathias

Maya MathiasProject Manager / Communications

Working for the Alps: Monday - Friday

Background: Master in Psychology and Political Science

Languages: German (mother tongue), English (advanced), French, Italian and Spanish (basic)

My favourite places in the Alps: Dolomites

What excites me: nature, mountain sports, environmental psychology, books and movies

Michael Gams

Project Manager Communications

Working for the Alps: Monday – Friday

Background: Journalism, PR in Tourism, Master in Communication Science/Journalism

Languages: German (mother tongue), English (advanced), Italian (basic)

My favourite places in the Alps: Villach, where I grew up. Innsbruck, where I used to live several years. And Montafon valley

What excites me: climbing mountains, exploring new places and sharing my passion for the Alps with others

Manon Wallenberger

Project manager / Social Innovation

Working for the Alps: on maternity leave

Background: Plant and Soil Sciences, Biodiversity Conservation and Management

Languages: French, German, English, Italian

My favourite place in the Alps: The mountain pastures (Alps) where I worked : Monte San Lucio, Ticino, with 100 goats and 8 cows, Staffel alp Zermatt, with 27 cows, above the Geneva lake, and with 600 sheep and a baby in Starlera, Grisons.

What excites me: Earth architecture, Tango, choir singing and travelling without the need of airplanes

Christina Thanner

Project manager / Social Innovation

Working for the Alps: Tuesday - Thursday

Background: Geographer, long time experience in environmental analysis, development cooperation and education, with a detour into regional development and spatial planning

Languages: German (mother tongue), English, French

My favorite place in the Alps: Old Rhine near Lustenau

What excites me: wide and wild landscapes, water, encounters and good conversations, slow travelling, the south of France, spinning ideas, intelligence and eloquence, dance and yoga

Christina Bachner

Christina BachnerAdministration/HR Assistance
Contact

Working for the Alps: Tuesday (all day), Wednesday - Friday (mornings)

Background: French and English Studies

Languages: German, English, French,

My favourite place in the Alps: my garden with a beautiful view onto the Alps

What excites me: pleasureable dining and drinking, untouched snowy slopes glistering in the sun, Yoga

Anna Mehrmann

Anna MehrmannAssistant to the management and administration

Working for the Alps: Monday-Thursday

Background: Master in Business Administration – Major Public and Nonprofit Management

Languages: German, French, English

My favourite place in the AlpsMaggia valley in Switzerland

What excites me: Forests, travelling, cinema, reading, music

Luisa Deubzer

Intern

Working for the Alps: Monday - Friday

Background: Philosophy and Political Sciences (B.A.), Environment and Natural Ressources (M.Sc.)

Languages: German (mother tongue), Englisch, French

My favourite place in the Alps: There are too many amazing and quite different places in the Alps for me to pick one. Home, with view on the Glärnisch, is probably amongst my favourites at the moment, however.

What excites me: Mountains. And having discussions on issues that are close to my heart, such as social justice.

Veronika Hribernik

Intern

Working for the Alps: Monday - Friday

Background: Transcultural Communication (German, English, Italian) and Cultural and Social Anthropology (B.A.), Journalism and New Media (M.A.)

Languages: German, Slovenian (mother tongues), English, Italian (advanced), French, Spanish (basic)

My favourite place in the Alps: The Ebenalp with the Wildkirchli caves and the Aescher mountain inn.

What excites me: Sunsets, languages, the colors of nature, music and dance, good coffee

CIPRA International

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Tel. +423 237 53 53
Fax +423 237 53 54

European Volunteers

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Since 2016 we have been inviting young people from Slovenia to work with us for 12 months as part of the European Voluntary Service (part of the EU programme Erasmus+ YOUTH IN ACTION). Manca Velkavrh supported us in 2019 and talks about her experiences here. Ana Plavčak was part of our team from 2018/2019 and tells about her volunteer work: