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Kaspar Schuler

Barbara Wülser


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 

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)

Magdalena Holzer

Magdalena HolzerProject Manager / Services; director Alpine Town of the Year association

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

Wolfgang Pfefferkorn

Project 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

Marion Ebster

Project Manager / Nature and people

Working for the Alps: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

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

Manon Wallenberger

Project Manager / Nature and people, Social Innovation

Working for the Alps: Tuesday - Thursday

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

Caroline Begle

Head of CommunicationsCaroline Begle

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)

Michael Gams

Communication Manager 

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

Anna Mehrmann

Event- and Communication Manager

Working for the Alps: Monday – Thursday

Background: Master in Non-Profit and Public Management

Languages: German (mother tongue), English, French

My favourite place in the Alps: Ponte Brolla as a starting point for exploring and enjoying the valley of the Maggia river and the city of Locarno.

What excites me: Walks in the forest, animal observations, the diversity of plants, music, movies, books

Veronika Hribernik

Communication manager

 Working for the Alps: Wednesday – Friday

Background: journalism & new media, transcultural communication, cultural and social anthropology

Languages:  German & Slovenian (mother tongues), English & Italian (good knowledge), French (basic knowledge)

My favourite place in the Alps: the Karawanks

What excites me: dance, languages, culture, books, sunsets, time in the fresh air and nature, intersectional feminism

Christina Bachner

Christina BachnerAdministration/HR Assistance

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

Julitta Eller

Financial managementJulitta

Working for the Alps: Monday-Thursday

Background: studies in international economics

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

My favourite place in the Alps: my garden, Ruggeller Riet, Örfla gorge

What excites me: my children, music, sunrises, nature after a thunderstorm

Nora Leszczynski

Executive assistant & Administration

Working for the Alps: Tuesday-Thursday

Background: B.Sc. in Geography & Philosophy, M.Sc. in Spatial Research and Planning

Languages: German (mother tongue), English, Italian, French 

My favourite place in the Alps: Centovalli, Valle Onsernone, Pedemonte, Valle Maggia, in short: all remote valleys and areas in northern Ticino

What excites me: Everything preferably with a connection to the Alps... Old books and maps, (long-distance) hiking, dancing, languages and dialects, preservation of cultural landscapes  

Maja Kogovšek


Working for the Alps: Monday - Friday

Background: social pedagogy, youth work, youth participation

Languages: Slovene (mother tongue), German, English

My favourite place in the Alps: Soča-valley and its surroundings in Slovenija!

What excites me: Mountains and forests, travelling by train, meeting (new) people, herbalism, music and dancing, sleeping under the stars, books...

Sophie V. Mahlknecht


Background: intercultural communication and political science 

Languages: german (mother tongue), italian, french, english and arabic (basic knowledge)

My favourite place in the Alps : mountain hut Bella Vista and surroundings, Val Senales 

What excites me: languages and people, equality, riding my bike, drinking coffee and reading newspapers in the sun 

Julija Krautberger


European volunteer

Working for the Alps: always and forever

Background: Marketing Communication and Public Relations

Languages: Slovene and English

My favourite place in the Alps: Vrata Valley

What excites me: long hikes, sunrises and sunsets, music, good coffee in good company in the fresh mountain air

Maya Mathias

Maya MathiasCommunication Manager

Working for the Alps: Currently on maternity leave

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

CIPRA International

Kirchstrasse 5
9494 Schaan
Tel. +423 237 53 53

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: