There has never been a better time to travel and to experience the ever changing world. The scope for broadening skills and enhancing knowledge is vast. Equipeople continuously strives towards providing the all-important link between these great opportunities and the young and not so young Irish people who want to avail of them. Travel not only broadens the mind but it also enables you to develop a range of skills that can lead to better careers and exciting futures.Our team at Equipeople and our worldwide partners can supply you with all the information you need when designing your own adventure. We would like to introduce you to the team:
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Owner and Managing Director
Caroline was born and grew up in a large, old house near Kilcock surrounded by horses, dogs and cats. She went the usual Pony Club and hunting route into a career with horses. In 1980 she did her BHSAI exams in England and a couple of years later went back to complete the BHSII qualification. The following ten years consisted mainly of instructing and grooming international three day event horses. In 1990, she got sense and started to go into the business side of the equine sector and set out to learn as much as she could about marketing. This led to her working as Marketing Manager for a large leisure company and then for a major riding centre. In 1994, she married Stan and a year later set up Equipeople. In 1997, she and Stan had a son, Logan who is the apple of his parents’ eye. Caroline travels worldwide both working and holidaying. She has spent time working in Europe and the US and also finds time to be a regular volunteer worker. She passionately believes in the benefits that travel and cultural experience can bring to young people. It is this passion that has directly developed Equipeople Ltd. into the very successful business it is.
Outbound Programme and Employee Section
Donna looks after the employee side of Equipeople and the developing outbound programme. She has had a very varied and interesting career and has tried her hand at most things. Donna has worked abroad doing a number of jobs but decided to settle down in Ireland over 30 years ago when working for British Airways. Donna has also had an interesting side-line as an extra in films and on television. Perhaps her most high profile role was as one of the crowd braying for Mel Gibson’s head at the end of Braveheart. Her interests include the study of crystals, the medicinal values of herbs and she is a member of The Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club and The Cloud Appreciation Society. Donna’s travels have taken her from Kenya to South America and North America Eventually setting in Europe. She has many years of experience in assisting Irish people to work abroad and has developed excellent working relationships with our worldwide Equipeople partners.
Short-Term Programme Manager
Zoe runs the Short Term Programme, working with numerous schools and colleges across Europe. Zoe was born in London and studied Equine and Business Management in Somerset. As a youngster, she competed with the Pony Club and has since spent years running yards for owners, looking after and caring for their horses to a high standard. She travelled extensively across Europe and America before going to Australia. She has a wide range of experience having worked with horses and in the hospitality industry. Her main experiences are with sports horses and giving riding lessons. She loves animals and helping students gain great experiences with animals here in Ireland gives her no end of satisfaction. She creates programmes to fit schools requirements and budgets, and works extensively to improve the short-term programme. She would like to have students of agriculture and equine studies from every country in Europe coming to Ireland through the Equipeople Work Experience programmes
Au Pair and Long-Term Programme Manager
Mandy’s principle role is to look after Au Pair placements. In addition to this, her job is to look after long term student placements on the farm and tourism programmes. Hers is the voice at the end of the line for our students and hosts and one of the friendly faces they could expect to see for their visit. Having worked in Barclay’s Bank for over 20 years, some of those in the complaints department, she is well equipped to help new arrivals get around any little ‘settling in’ issues. Mandy came to Ireland in 2007 from Essex in England bringing with her a cat, a dog, and two sons and is happily settled near our Portarlington Office. Since then Mandy has developed a passion for coloured horses and has bred her own out of her mare. When she manages to grab a minute to herself she likes to immerse herself in the pages of a good science fiction or fantasy novel coupled with the essential cup of good strong coffee.
Project Co-ordinator & Business Development
Heather studied Languages & Marketing, European Studies and Cultural Event Management. She worked her college summers in France learning French and has au paired three times – twice in France and once in the US. She grew up on a dairy farm and married a landscape gardener. They have two teenage daughters who are already travelling abroad to learn languages. Heather passionately believes that Ireland is a great place to visit and experience. She runs an Airbnb guesthouse and loves to welcome different nationalities to Ireland. She loves to travel and borrows her parents very nice campervan to hit the open road. She never likes to spend more than one night in the one spot because theres always more to see and not enough time to see it all….