Iberian Office Contacts
Iberian Office Manager – José Miguel
José Miguel was born in Porto – Portugal. His passion for traveling, nature and environmental conservation comes from the times he spent the mornings stuck to the TV watching Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Sir David Attenborough series.
While in the 2nd year of university, at only 21 years old, he founded his first adventure tourism company -Rumo ao Monte- and even before finishing university he started to teach Physical Education in schools. However after 10 years as a school teacher he abandoned the career to give body to a new company of team work and adventure sports -Elemento Terra- which he ran successfully for the next few years. After that he ventured solo backpacking to India, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Nepal, Brazil, Morocco, Costa Rica and Greece.
However by the end of 2014 Jose started to look for a new business opportunity, one on which he could combine all of his previous managing experience with what his heart was asking him to do: Helping our world, helping our nature and teaching the new generations how to do it.
And after a lot of research and some luck he found Operation Wallacea and he immediately fell in love.
Nowadays he is the Opwall Office Manager for Portugal and Spain where he is responsible for all school and volunteer recruitment, and running all university and school meetings.
He made one of his childhood dreams come true in 2016 by getting his Open Water PADI Dive Course with Opwall in Greece.
Iberian Office Administrator – Joana Dinis
Joana graduated in International Marketing and Tourism Management in 1996 and discovered her passion for traveling when she began working as a retail travel agent in Portugal. Her enthusiasm and her keen interest in history made her a sole traveler visiting all the historical sites she loved in Egypt, Mexico, Peru, England, France, Spain, Austria, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Cuba, Brazil, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Tunisia and Morocco.
As traveling during her holidays was not enough adventure she decided to move and try out a job in the Business Travel Industry in Barcelona where she spent 5 years and had the opportunity to learn a new language and live in a multi-cultural city.
She is always looking for ways to make her dreams come true and that’s why she does weekly volunteer work at a dog shelter (where she ended up rescuing her dog) and volunteers on her holidays as well.
Joining Opwall was another challenge for her and the opportunity to work with three important pillars in her life: travel, nature and animals.
Joana will be assisting our Iberian schools as an administrator using her travel agent skills and sales background to help students, teachers and volunteers organize their expeditions and get the most out of their experience.