Join Our Tribe
Be around the light bringers, the magic makers, the world shifters, the game shakers. They challenge you, break you open, uplift and expand you. They don't let you play small with your life. These heartbeats are your people. These people are your tribe.
We are a multicultural team of dreamers and doers who want to provide you with an extraordinary study abroad experience benefiting your career goals and empowering our hill tribe villages. Even more, we're all friends having worked together many years. We have the same values and live our lives with integrity and purpose.
Now we are dedicating our lives to make sure you get the hands-on experience that will help you create a resume that impresses. Team Thailand does the gritty work of our organization and Team America holds down our home base, managing our corporate paperwork and standing by to help process your application and answer questions.
Loong RipExecutive Director
Loong Rip has a solid background in both white and blue collar industries. He built power lines in the mountains of Colorado for ten years and got his BS in Computer Science in 1993. He went to work for a small manufacturing firm in Tampa, FL and moved from programming to system administration. He worked in the financial industry for twenty years before moving to Thailand and finding his true passion, giving clean water to people in need.
Pa LynnProgram Director
Pa Lynn has over 25 years of experience in the fields of healthcare and education. An advocate for rights of the disabled since 1985, she's championed causes of inclusion and empowerment and continues that work for the hill tribes today. A certified TEFL teacher, Lynn engaged headmen, locals and volunteers while working in remote villages with the Christopher Robert Project.
P' ShaneGeneral Manager
A good friend of the co-founders, P' Shane is General Manager and the liaison between Thai government officials and project directors. He is responsible for hiring auxiliary Thai staff and fostering relationships with local businesses. He spends time in the community monitoring projects and ensuring the goals of the Christopher Robert Project are met. He has a very strong grasp of the English language making him a perfect fit for this position.
P' GolfOperations Manager
A long time friend of the directors, P' Golf is the General Manager for the Jungle Water campus. Originally from Bangkok, he is a successful business man in Chiang Mai. With his finger on the pulse of what's going on in the company, he makes sure everything is in excellent working condition. Being a business owner he knows who to contact should any kind of issue come up making P' Golf the director's go-to guy.
P' KaiConstruction & Delivery Manager
One of the directors oldest friends in Chiang Mai, P' Kai is the Construction & Delivery Manager. He will teach you how to build the CR-BSF and lead you in the villages during filter deliveries. P' Kai knows his way around the jungle and is very familiar with the village lifestyle. With his love for the villages and his belief that an organic lifestyle starts with organically filtered water, he is a perfect fit for Jungle Water.
P' EmFood & Beverage Manager
The directors met P' Em on their very first trip to Chiang Mai. He accompanied them on a grueling four hour trek in 2011 to the Lahu village of Koob Kub which led to the founding of the Christopher Robert Project. A successful restauranteur in Chiang Mai, as our Food & Beverage Manager P' Em will make sure you get plenty of delicious Thai food all made with fresh local ingredients, always including a vegetarian option.
Billy PressleyJoint Operations
Billy is a trusted friend of co-founder Rip, working together in the IT field many years. A supporter of the Christopher Robert Project since the beginning, he has provided much needed materials in support of project's many initiatives. Billy provides the logistics needed for large shipments of materials overseas and is the backbone of joint operations between the USA and Thailand.
Linda HandsUSA Business Services
Linda is a life-long friend of co-founder Lynn, and is responsible for the organization's USA Business Services division. Along with receiving annual documentation required for state and federal compliance, USA Business Services is the bridge that connects the corporate side of our organization with the gritty work of our multinational team of offshore professionals.
Chulai SleyzakUSA Public Relations
A loyal member of our tribe since 2013, Chulai supports the marketing goals of our organization. The daughter of a US veteran and a Thai mother from a small village in northeast Thailand. She's been working tirelessly in support of her passions for two decades, advocating on behalf of US veterans and empowering Thai villages.