Meet the Team

Richard Clowes

Richard Clowes


Richard has arranged work placements since 2000.

Ever since completing a 1 year work placement in India, Richard has believed in the tremendous value of living and working overseas. His work has taken him to many of Asia’s most exciting countries. Since 2000 he’s developed an outstanding network of placements for students and graduates.

Now Richard enjoys offering other people the chance to experience different cultures for themselves while developing their skills and being part of exciting development.

He spends his free time taking part in triathlons, kayaking, sailing and improving his photography.

Tammie Smith

Tammie Smith

Placement Consultant

A psychology graduate, Tammie is also a competitive cheerleader.

Always very active and up for trying new things, Tammie has been lucky enough to experience living in Australia as well as travelling through Thailand. She loves visiting new countries, even for just a few days at a time, and learning new things.

In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, painting, walking, baking and seeing her friends.

KCS Kumar

KCS Kumar

Administration Executive

KC graduated in Business Administration, and also has a Master degree in Psychology.

“KC”, as he is known, started working part time at the age of 16 alongside his school and university studies. Before working with Placement Year International, he gained 10 years of work experience as Admin Manager in an international volunteering organisation. KC is very passionate to work as an Administrator, and also studies Human Behaviour and Counselling. He spends his free time with his wife and children, and also watches movies, reads detective novels, rides his bike, listens to music, sees his friends and plays cricket.

Charisse Fourie

Charisse Fourie

Social Media Manager

Charisse lives in sunny Cape Town, South Africa, and has worked in marketing and advertising for the past 15 years.

Charisse is our Social Media Manager has a passion for working with ethical businesses. In between looking after her two young children, she runs our social media pages, writes blogs and sends out our newsletters. When she isn’t behind the computer doing our status updates and posting photos received from our international interns, she is out trail running on the Cape’s epic mountain trails and cooking up exotic meals for her friends.

Sheyla Flores

Sheyla Flores

Placement Consultant

Sheyla studied Msc Strategic Innovation Management at the University of Sussex.

She has experience in the recruitment and consulting sector by working at a media start-up company in London which helped her understand the value of placements and how these can have an impact on students’ well-being and experience.

Through her volunteering work for non-profit charities such as UNICEF she also gained extensive experience in customer service.

Sheyla is very into photography and art. She likes spending her free time by going out with friends and petting dogs!

How do I apply?

It's easy and quick!

Complete our short application form including uploading your CV and Cover Letter. Please clearly state in your Cover Letter which destination and type of placement you are interested in.

Got more questions? Send us a message!

Working in partnership with universities, prestigious global hotel brands and many other businesses.

"I thank you for your support. It really was a great experience."

Fabien Shaikh, Nottingham Trent University
Nepal Business, Jan 2022

"Did a great job at finding me a placement in my chosen country and in my chosen field - especially given the difficulties of Covid and restricted travel."

Harry Moore, Loughborough University

"I always wanted to work in the UK as it has a rich culture. I have expanded my global connections. You were very helpful and informative."

Charmian Chang, University of Surrey

"I improved my communication, confidence, team work skills. Placement Year International is highly professional and organised. The communication and assistance was great, even after everything was sorted out with contracts!"

Feruza Shakir, University of Huddersfield

"Your service and that of your staff has been phenomenal!"

Geoffrey Frey, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

"I am working as sales and marketing Intern. Placement Year International could not make it any simpler. I am actively referring my friends."

Satwik Shiv, Nottingham Trent University

Mei Smith

"It is a great established company with a lovely director who is very engaging to interns. I will recommend for my fellow Bournemouth University students."

Mei Smith, Bournemouth University

Sam Galloway

"I definitely enjoyed my placement in Nepal and the process for applying was made very easy by the team at Placement Year International."

Sam Galloway, University of Glasgow

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