members of our staff are not only qualified
professionals with significant experience in their fields,
but are also well-rounded leaders with diverse skills.
what unites the team is a passion for teaching, personal drive, motivation, and integrity. their enthusiasm to give 110% makes a difference for others. in addition to teaching and facilitating the academic curriculum, our staff is focused on developing soft skills in students such as communication and leadership, thereby providing them with a new set of tools for the future.
Staff skills are program specific, such as holding a maritime license and an MSc in Marine Science in the BVIs, or having a background in teaching English and Mandarin in China. The average age of the staff is 28; all are first aid and CPR certified. Along with local educators, guides aand specialists, the ratio of staff to students is approximately 1:4 or 1:5. This enables close interaction and individualized attention during the program.
jim stoll - executive director
Jim began offering educational programs for youth as a young man himself. Initially oriented around the water, he applied his sailing skills while teaching and working with teenagers. In 1970 Jim became Captain and owner of the 156’ schoolship Te Vega, sailing with her sister-ship, the 175’ Te Quest, and enrolled 86 teenagers every year in a high school program of study and travel. After 12 years and 50,000 miles of cruising, Jim moved ashore to develop ActionQuest programs in 1986, Sea|mester programs in 1998, and Lifeworks in 2001. All offer quality educational and motivational programs for youth. Jim is involved full-time.
mike meighan - executive director
Mike joined the team in 1995 as a staff member for our Caribbean programs. Since that time, Mike has extended his participation into all aspects of the programs’ operations and now directs the programs full time. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Mike immigrated to the United States with his wife, Joanne, in 1996. Mike’s passion for teaching traditional academics in an experiential way led to the development of our accredited college-level programs, Sea|mester, in 1998. Mike sails with our BVI programs during the summer and, throughout the rest of the year, he directs ActionQuest, Sea|mester, Lifeworks and Arc in addition to developing new programs and course curriculums.
dan meyer - director of operations
Dan has been active in the field of experiential education since 2000. Since that time, Dan has facilitated hundreds of groups as an environmental educator, a wilderness trail guide, a high and low ropes challenge course facilitator, a youth-at-risk counselor, and, most recently, as an international service-adventure guide for Lifeworks. Dan is a dedicated academic and holds his M.S. in Experiential Education, and an avid traveler with countless stories from North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Dan is responsible for the coordination of all operational aspects of our programs, and aims to deliver the very best experiences for our students.
our office & operational
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