From tourism and education specialists to logistics, and destination experts, our knowledgeable and dedicated staff aim to deliver outstanding service and excellent customer experiences.

Our Management team is supported by an advisory board, whom where industry experts, leaders, and community members reside.

Joel Thompson
Managing Director
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Joel is passionate about youth leadership and development through outdoor education, community service and travel experiences.

Born in New Zealand, one of the worlds most pristine natural environments, Joel now calls Melbourne home.

With over 9 years’ experience in nature based tourism, outdoor education, and community development, Joel is the founder and the head of the School Camps Australia Group, responsible for companies such as OutBeyond. Through this line of work, Joel has been directly responsible for more than 15,000+ students and their experiences on school camps, study tours and international travel and exchange programs.

Joel has held positions responsible for the safe delivery, risk management and compliance policies for over 60 Australian schools attending outdoor education programs. A key leader in the Australian camping and outdoor recreation community, as a National Peak body board director of the Australian Camps Association (ACA). 

Joel regularly advises organisations within the International Education and Tourism sectors, both in Australia and abroad.

An advocate for child safety, wellbeing and youth leadership, Joel also sits on the safety sub-committee of the SCA group. Safety is not a checklist, safety is a culture, and through rigorous interdisciplinary training of personnel, we are able to improve that culture.

OutBeyond programs have been designed with safety at the forefront, and student experience at the centre of everything that we do. Joel provides students and staff from all around the world with the opportunity to learn, grow and develop as global citizens, beyond the walls of the classroom.

Michael Mumford
Operations Manager
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Michael completed his secondary and tertiary education in Melbourne, Australia with a heavy focus on Outdoor Education, Sustainability Tourism and Hospitality. 

Completing a Diploma of Ecotourism has given Michael a good grounding in sustainable practice and this is something he is proud to build into the OutBeyond Programs. His education in the outdoors begun from a young age with his family and friends and this was the beginning of his Experiential Learning journey. 

Working with groups of international and local students for the last 6 years, he relishes the opportunity and challenge of introducing Australian Outdoor Education principles to an International audience. Working to deliver camps to thousands of students in the last 6 years has given him a great perspective on how all students learn and engage in different ways.

Liam Murphy
People, Culture and Education Manager
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Liam completed his High School Education and has since gone on to become a qualified Australian school teacher through his graduate studies in Melbourne, Victoria. He has a Bachelor of Exercise and Health Science with a major in Outdoor Recreation and a Postgraduate Diploma of Education.  Liam has over 4 years of professional experience in facilitating and teaching students in the outdoors. With a love for the ocean, his personal interests revolve around an active lifestyle by the beach, surfing and swimming as much as he can.

Tim Daff
Marketing and Communications Manager
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Tim studied Graphic Design for print in the mid 2000's and following his course, leapt into the world of digital media. Tim has over 10 years experience in design, development and marketing of websites, digital business systems and traditional media.

The outdoors, and in particular the Ocean, is where Tim spends the majority of his free time. A big AFL fan, he also plays football himself. Tim is a keen fisherman, diver, kiteboarder, surfer and basically anything in or near the ocean.

YuKan Cheng
Personal assistant
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YuKan, can speak 3 different languages, English, Cantonese, Mandarin. She has completed her Accounting and Finance degree in Hong Kong, but was in love with outdoor since she joined the Boy Scout Association when she was 12 years old. 

YuKan applies her outdoor experience into education and facilitation. She became an outdoor facilitator right away after she graduated, working with international students from all over the world for the past 4 years in different countries through Asia and Australia. 

YuKan believes experiential learning is good for students not only academically, but also for their personal development. Through her love of travel, YuKan has visited 13 provinces in China and 18 countries in the world. She loves doing solo trip with her big backpack. and meeting the locals. Travelling has opened her eyes, making her be more accepting and patient.

Dana Wu
Communications Assistant
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Dana joined OutBeyond through her desire to try something new, challenge herself and most of all build confidence in an international organisation. 

Whilst completing her Master degree in Global Media and communication at Melbourne University, Dana joined an OutBeyond program as a student volunteer. Here Dana witnessed the totally different education model between China and Australia and the magic power of outdoor education in developing children’s character. 

Before coming to Australia, Dana had several working experiences in different media sectors, including Chinese Top 1 TV Broadcasting System, a China Central TV Television(CCTV) documentary director's studio, and an advertising company. Dana is in love with communicating with audiences through the power of word and graphic. Now Dana has chosen the Outdoor Education as a new fresh start.

Some of OutBeyond's Accreditations

Australian Camps Association

Australian Camps Association

OutBeyond is a member of the Australian Camps Association, the peak body for residential camps and activity providers in Australia.

International Duke of Edinburgh Award

International Duke of Edinburgh Award

OutBeyond is a recognised Duke of Ed Employer and a Licensed Operator of providing Duke of Edinburgh programs to schools and individual students.

Licensed Tour Operator

Licensed Tour Operator

OutBeyond is licensed tour operator with Parks Victoria. As the State wide peak body for our National Parks, Parks Victoria govern all National Parks and as an operator in these parks where must adhere to strict rules and regulations set by Parks Victoria.

Leave no Trace

Leave no Trace

We are committed to protecting the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. We are endorsed by LNT to provide education programs on the environment and outdoor ethics.

International Camping Fellowship

International Camping Fellowship

OutBeyond is a member of the International Camping Fellowship (ICF) as a key contributor to camping and camp programs on an international level.

Parks Victoria

Parks Victoria

OutBeyond is an accredited provider of nature based education programs and outdoor education programs with Parks Victoria,

Australian Education Future Unlimited License

Australian Education Future Unlimited License

OutBeyond has been identified and endorsed as an influential provider of International Education products and services to schools, universities and training colleges.

Australian Tourism Accreditation Program

Australian Tourism Accreditation Program

OutBeyond is an accredited under the ATAP quality assurance accreditation program

To request a full disclosure of OutBeyond certification and accreditation information, please send us an information request.

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Operations Manager (New Zealand)

Operations Manager (New Zealand)
Applications Closed

Department
FTE 0.8 (30-34 hours per week on average)
Operations
Reports to
FTE 0.8 (30-34 hours per week on average)
Managing Director
Employment Type
FTE 0.8 (30-34 hours per week on average)
9 months, with a review at 3 months
Location
New Zealand (Auckland or Wellington) some remote work
Applications Open
December 7, 2018
Applications Close
January 24, 2019

Position Summary

The Operations Manager (New Zealand) is a new role which has been developed to enable our New Zealand strategic plan to come to life and for our growth ambitions to be achieved. The applicant should be interested in business and administration and have a passion for developing and implementing new business initiatives and ideas.

You will be responsible for growing the New Zealand customer base as well as the program delivery requirements managing the day to day operations of the business within New Zealand. The role is suited to individuals with a high level of attention to customer service and customer experience, attention to detail, meticulous management skills, sales and marketing experience, logistics and delivery of tours and educational travel programs, and a passion for developing and growing successful businesses.

The position is suited to teachers or tourism professionals with at least 2 years’ experience, and requires applicants to be enthusiastic, energetic, demonstrate charisma and passion when it comes to working in travel and outdoor settings with young people. The position requires some flexibility with working hours, the ability to travel to and work in program delivery destinations across New Zealand, visit customers and client schools, and establish and nurture delivery partners/suppliers.You must have some experience in education or travel.  

You will need to take initiative in creating new programs, supplier partners, itineraries, programming curriculum and have a foundational understanding of theNew Zealand education system, NZ Tourism industry and program delivery locations/sites to ensure that we deliver safe, student-led outstanding customer experiences inline with our company mission.

Applications for this position are now closed.
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International Education Assistant (Japan)

International Education Assistant (Japan)
Applications Closed

Department
Starting at approximately FTE 0.4 (14 – 19 hours per week average)
Japan (Marketing and Promotions)
Reports to
Starting at approximately FTE 0.4 (14 – 19 hours per week average)
Managing Director
Employment Type
Starting at approximately FTE 0.4 (14 – 19 hours per week average)
4 months, with a review at 3 months, where we will aim to transition the internship into a full-time role for 6-12 months.
Location
Australia, New Zealand and Japan
Applications Open
December 7, 2018
Applications Close
February 1, 2019

Position Summary

The International Education Assistant (Japan) is a very important role to the overall success of the Japan export strategy of OutBeyond. The position is responsible for managing the day to day marketing and promotions activities within our Japan strategy. The role is suited to individuals with a high level of attention to detail, design and communications expertise, time management skills, and a passion for helping small businesses that exist for impact. The position requires applicants to have an enthusiastic attitude, be energetic, and demonstrate a wide range of skills in marketing and promotion. The position requires some flexibility with working hours, occasional travel to work in the Japanese market, and some program delivery destinations in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

The International Education Assistant (Japan) will, from time to time, may be required to assist with creating new programs, supplier partners, itineraries, programming curriculum and have an in depth understanding of our program delivery locations to ensure that we deliver outstanding customer experiences in line with our company mission.

Applications for this position are now closed.
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International Education Assistant (China)

International Education Assistant (China)
Applications Closed

Department
Starting at approximately FTE 0.4 (14 – 19 hours per week average)
China (Marketing and Promotions)
Reports to
Starting at approximately FTE 0.4 (14 – 19 hours per week average)
Managing Director
Employment Type
Starting at approximately FTE 0.4 (14 – 19 hours per week average)
4 months, with a review at 3 months, where we will aim to transition the internship into a full-time role for 6-12 months.
Location
Australia, New Zealand and China
Applications Open
December 7, 2018
Applications Close
February 1, 2019

Position Summary

The International Education Assistant (China) isa very important role to the overall success of the China export strategy ofOutBeyond. The position is responsible for managing the day to day marketing and promotions activities within our China strategy. The role is suited to individuals with a high level of attention to detail, design and communications expertise, time management skills, and a passion for helping small businesses that exist for impact. The position requires applicants to have an enthusiastic attitude, be energetic, and demonstrate a wide range of skills in marketing and promotion. The position requires some flexibility with working hours, occasional travel to work in the China market, and some program delivery destinations in Australia, New Zealand and China.

The International Education Assistant (China) will, from time to time, may be required to assist with creating new programs, supplier partners, itineraries, programming curriculum and have an in depth understanding of our program delivery locations to ensure that we deliver outstanding customer experiences in line with our company mission.

Applications for this position are now closed.
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Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator
Applications Closed

Department
Program Service Delivery
Reports to
Operations Manager and Director
Employment Type
Part time, casual or contractor
Location
Australasia (Melbourne based)
Applications Open
October 19, 2018
Applications Close
November 30, 2018

Position Summary

We are looking for 5 x Program Coordinators that possess the qualities and characteristics that will help educate young people in outdoor and travel based environments.  This position requires passion, enthusiasm, energy and a dedication to working with young people and the environment. The Program Coordinator is essentially responsible for managing the day to day operations of our programs by providing total support to the student groups in the field. This role is suited to teachers, camp leaders, outdoor educators, and tour guides who have some management and logistics experience. The position requires applicants to have an enthusiastic attitude, be energetic, and demonstrate significant amounts of charisma and passion when it comes to working with young people. The position requires some flexibility with working hours and experience in education and working with children. You will be responsible for managing the expectations of the student groups, their respective accompanying teachers, and most importantly the program facilitators so that they can carry out their job. You will need to assist with creating program itineraries including the program curriculum, have an in depth understanding of our program locations and ensure the outstanding delivery of customer experience and management of field staff.

Applications for this position are now closed.
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Regional Operations Manager

Regional Operations Manager
Applications Closed

Department
Operations
Reports to
Managing Director
Employment Type
Full time contract
Location
Asia-Pacific Regions
Applications Open
October 19, 2018
Applications Close
December 5, 2018

Position Summary

The Regional Operations Manager is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the business within the assigned region(s).  The role is suited to individuals with a high level of attention to detail, meticulous management skills, systems analysis and design, logistical process implementation and delivery, and a passion for developing and growing small business. The position requires applicants to have an enthusiastic attitude, be energetic, and demonstrate significant amounts of charisma and passion when it comes to working in an environment that ultimately serves young people. The position requires some flexibility with working hours, the ability to travel to and work in program delivery destinations, customer locations, and supplier locations in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. You must be able to demonstrate experience in education and working with children. You will be responsible for managing the overall expectations of our client groups, accompanying teachers, and most importantly the program coordinators and facilitators so that they can carry out their job. You will need to assist with creating new programs, supplier partners, itineraries, programming curriculum and have an in depth understanding of our program delivery locations to ensure that we deliver outstanding customer experiences in line with our company mission.

Applications for this position are now closed.
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Program Facilitator

Program Facilitator
Applications Closed

Department
Program Service Delivery
Reports to
Program Coordinator & Operations Manager
Employment Type
Contracted Casual Employee
Location
Australasia (Melbourne based)
Applications Open
October 1, 2018
Applications Close
November 30, 2018

Position Summary

We are looking for 20 x Program Facilitators that possess the qualities and characteristics that will help educate young people in outdoor and travel based environments.  This position requires passion, enthusiasm, energy and a dedication to working with young people and the environment. The position requires flexibility with working hours, patience and some experience in management, physical/outdoor education, tourism, education, and/or adventure activities in the outdoors. You will be responsible for leading and managing a group of students and their accompanying teachers nationally and internationally. You will need to understand the program itinerary including the program content, geographics and delivery methods in order to show expertise in your leadership delivery.

Applications for this position are now closed.
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Our Values

Fun

We love what we do and make it fun to be involved. When it comes to fun, we’re bold, creative and don’t take ourselves too seriously (most of the time). We recognise and celebrate our achievements and successes as one family with a big imagination.

Global Citizenship

We nurture personal respect and respect for others, wherever they live. We encourage individuals to think deeply and critically about what is equitable and just, and what will minimise harm to our planet.

Empathy

We encourage curiosity and strive to understand our team members, partners and clients and accept them, treating them as we’d like to be treated – as unique, valuable individuals

Trust

Above all else, we value the truth. The most important thing is to keep our word, never taking advantage of anyone and always telling the truth. We will always pursue openness and honesty, even when it hurts or we have bad news to deliver.

Teamwork

We work together across borders and perceived boundaries to meet the needs of our customers, team members and partners to help everyone win.

Loyalty

On every occasion, we are loyal to our team members, and treat our community like family.

Grit

We embrace all challenges with open arms,  persevere over long periods of time, and never lose the passion.

Respect

We treat ourselves and others as people of value; and accept everyone’s differences as strengths to enhance what we do.

Integrity

Honest, equitable and non-discriminatory treatment of program participants, partners and employees.

Enhanced learning

We take initiative, focus on student outcomes through enhancing the learning opportunity. We learn from our mistakes as well as our successes to deliver excellence on a real level.

Thought Leadership

We encourage and empower our people to ask the challenging questions, in search of the deepest answers, in order to tap into talent, experience and passion.

Forward Thinking

We depend on forward thought, and thrive on working with our community to create shared value and lasting impact, to serve the younger generations.

Innovation

The world is changing fast, and young people will need to be agile and willing to adapt to meet tomorrow’s world head on. We’re learning all the time. We listen to others. 

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