Jessica’s multidisciplinary background creates splashes of color that enliven her work in the healing arts field. Her BA in Philosophy highlights her innately inquisitive spirit, her drive to find meaning in life, and to help others open to the majesty of life’s seemingly unanswerable questions. Her history as an athlete instilled an ease of movement and spatial awareness in her own body, while engendering an experiential understanding of the functional integration of human bodies in general. She discovered her love for travel and teaching while exploring the possibility of Outdoor Education as a career, guiding kids through Central California and Ecuador during two consecutive summers. And while these summers were profoundly transformative, she felt something still lacking…a sense of meaning, of interpersonal connection, of self development. She enrolled in massage school and found a discipline that has not only deepened her knowledge of the human body, but opened her awareness to the nonphysical dimensions of what it is to be human.
Becoming a member of the Integral Travel team affords her the opportunity to combine her love of travel and teaching, with her passion for the healing arts and personal growth.
Lindsey Reding has joined the Andaman Discoveries Team as Volunteer Coordinator. She served as a community development volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps for twenty-seven months in a small village in Prachuab Khiri Khan. This created the opportunity for her to learn the Thai language, understand the culture and truly appreciate how special the country of Thailand is and that sustainable tourism is important to preserve the environment and culture found along the Andaman Coast. She loves interacting with the villagers and participating in the many activities that they graciously share with guests. The natural environment in Thailand is spectacular, unique and something to be cherished. She loves sharing this beauty with guests and helping them see the generous hearts and spirits of the Thai people! She is looking forward to working with the volunteers and volunteer projects that Andaman Discoveries supports as they offer meaningful experiences for everybody involved!
Ramphai Noikeaw Program Guide, Northern Thailand
Ramphai joined Integral Travel as a translator and logistics coordinator in 2012.
When Ramphai is not on the road with Integral Travel she lives and works at Pun Pun Living and Learning Center in northern Thailand where she teaches Thai cooking, organic gardening, and natural healing methods, and makes natural products such as herbal soap and shampoo. She is also involved in the Thai Plum Village, and recently returned from Sri Lanka where she was teaching small-scale farmers methods to help them adapt to climate change.
Ramphai has a contagious smile and enough positive energy to make any adventure fun, and we are thrilled that she is coming back this year as an Assistant Instructor for the Northern Thailand program!
Bodhi, Tu & Boon Sustainable Tourism Pioneers, Social Activists
After a devastating Tsunami hit the Andaman Coast of Thailand in 2005, Bodhi and Tu responded by creating an organization called North Andaman Tsunami Relief. Soon their mission of relief for the surviving villagers evolved into a push for self-reliance and Andaman Discoveries, a community-based voluntourism non-profit organization emerged. Integral Travel has proudly partnered with Andaman Discoveries since 2006 and we have been impressed and inspired by the success of their sustainable approach. Each year our southern Thailand participants call their home-stay experiences which afford them a rare opportunity to form authentic relationships with local villagers and learn about their unique culture and lifestyle, a major highlight of their journey. Bodhi, Tu and their son Boon now manage Khao Sok Riverside Cottages, a nature resort in stunning Khao Sok National Park. Stop in and say hi!