Jonelle joined us from Perth, Australia in May 2010. Her relocation to Pakistan follows an extensive array of different travel experiences across the world, including several trips to Africa and South-East Asia.
Jonelle’s travels, observations and interactions with different peoples and societies in the developing world, and the affinity that she feels for the people that she has met and grown close to, have spurred a deep interest in development and charity work, particularly evident in her current choice of Masters programme: Development Studies at Murdoch University. This Masters course follows an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Edith Cowan University, and a postgraduate study into Nature-Based Tourism – a new approach to tourism that enables travellers to eliminate poverty as they visit the world.
When she is not working, Jonelle enjoys learning about new cultures through culinary experience. She is a self-described “foodie,” and loves cooking, especially when she has access to fresh spices. She has even cooked goat biryani (rice) previously, and lists chai (tea) and chapattis (flat bread) as some of her favourite foods.
Between working on her degrees, travelling and cooking, Jonelle also manages to find time for another hobby: reading travel narratives. Additionally, while in Pakistan she hopes to study Urdu to a proficient level.
Jonelle is eagerly looking forward to working with the children at the Kaghan Memorial School. She was inspired to volunteer for KMT after going through one of our newsletters, forwarded to her by a friend in Africa.