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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

Barbara Wülser

Barbara WülserCo-director & Head of Communications

Working for the Alps: Tuesday-Friday

Background: Journalism, MAS in Communication Management and Leadership

Languages: German, English, French, Italian (advanced), Spanish (basic)

My favourite place in the Alps: a sun-warmed rock in San Romerio – high above the “Valposchiavo” in southern Switzerland

What excites me: Stories of people, for people, with people

Wolfgang Pfefferkorn

Wolfgang Pfefferkorn 150piProject 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

Jakob Dietachmair

Jakob Dietachmair

Project Manager / Economic transition

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

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

Marion Ebster

Marion Ebster

Project Manager / Nature and People

Working for the Alps:  Monday-Thursday

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

Caroline Begle

Caroline BegleProject manager / Communication

Working for the Alps: Tuesday-Thursday

Background: German Philology, Media Studies

Languages: German, English

My favourite place in the Alpscampfire on the banks of river Dornbirner Ach

What excites me: singing, dancing, and the lust for life (in the Alps)

Maya Mathias

Maya MathiasProject Manager / Communications

Working for the Alps: Monday - Friday

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

Michael Gams

Michael GamsProject Manager Communications

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

Manon Wallenberger

Manon Wallenberger

Project manager / Social Innovation

Working for the Alps: Tuesday-Friday

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

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

Anna Mehrmann

Anna MehrmannAssistant to the management and administration

Working for the Alps: Monday-Thursday

Background: Master in Business Administration – Major Public and Nonprofit Management

Languages: German, French, English

My favourite place in the AlpsMaggia valley in Switzerland

What excites me: Forests, travelling, cinema, reading, music

Nora Leszczynski



Working for the Alps: Monday - Friday

Background: Geography & Philosophy (B.Sc.) and actually Human Geography/Spatial Planning (M.Sc.)

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

My favourite place in the Alps: All valleys in Ticino, Ticino, Switzerland

What excites me: Hiking (especially hiking trails), dancing, bouldering, old books

Paul Froning


Working for the Alps: Monday-Friday

Background: Bachelor Geography in Bonn/D, focus on human-environmental relations

Languages: German, English, Portuguese and Spanish (good), French (basic knowledge)

My favourite place in the Alps: Quiet passes between France and Italy like the Col Agnel, Lesachtal/A

What excites me: environment and mountains, mountain sports, bicycles, jazz, cooking

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Tel. +423 237 53 53
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European Volunteers

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: