Jessica Armstrong

Southeast Asia Program Director

B.Sc. Ecology (University Medal, First Class Honours), University of New South Wales, Australia

Having experienced the transformative power of travel at a young age, Jessica is a strong advocate of “getting off of the beaten path to experience things you simply cannot Google.” Jessica’s first taste of Southeast Asia was as a six-year-old child visiting relatives in Bangkok. Since then, she has spent as much time as possible exploring the areas that her ancestors called home. During the past decade, Jessica has been based mostly in Southeast Asia, working for several government, academic, and non-government organizations within the international aid and development sector.

Working on the Risk Management team, Jessica draws from her experience working as an ecologist, where she helped to organize, lead, and manage several remote field expeditions in Australia, Mexico, Central America, and Southeast Asia to ensure the safety of all programs. Jessica has instructed multiple courses with Dragons in Southeast Asia and is Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certified. In her efforts to continue her education, she is currently studying Thai language and is working on her Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training.

Jessica currently lives between her two homes in Bangkok and Sydney. When she’s not working, you can usually find her spending time with her family and friends, exploring the great outdoors, or hanging out with her aging blonde Labradoodle, Charlie.