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JOIN OUR TEAM

Open Arms is a volunteer-driven organisation.

Meet the passionate and hardworking leaders of Open Arms!


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Sanjini De Silva Rijsberman
President | Sir Lankan

I am a mum/Environmental Scientist/ Health & Wellness coach/Education advocate who is happiest combining these areas: Healthy People = Healthy Planet! I am a global citizen with Sri Lankan roots. My family is both cross-cultural & blended. I love working with OA and using my leadership & organizational development skills to guide us towards our Vision. Maria Montessori said it best "Within the child lies the fate of the future.”

Currently based in Sri Lanka, member since 2018

Alicia Chung
Official RepresentativeKorean Canadian

I am a Korean Canadian currently based in Seoul and a mum of a lovely young son who attends Seoul Foreign School. I believe God has led me to this beautiful team and to the precious children to be of good service in many ways, especially in my field of dealing with boring government documents in Korean or tax/accounting numbers, etc. I can finally make good use of what I have painfully learned thus far as a certified public accountant…LOL

Currently based in Korea, member since 2019

Dee Dee Wasmund
VP Education | British

I am originally from the UK but have lived overseas for the past 20 years teaching in various International Schools along with my husband and 2 daughters. I am currently a teacher at Seoul Foreign British School. Being part of Open Arms is a very special part of my life here in South Korea, opening up my world to some amazing people and beautiful children.

Currently based in Korea, member since 2019

Sally McEachen
VP AdministrationBritish

I came to Seoul from the UK in 2013 with my husband and 3 of my 4 children, who have now grown up and returned there. My faith in God who loves each and every person motivates me to help at Open Arms. I have a background in school governance. I speak French and try to learn Korean. I also enjoy pottery, poetry, and coffee with friends. I love living in Korea!

Currently based in Korea, member since 2019

James Loft
Program Team Leader | British

I am a British citizen that has lived in Seoul since 2018 with my wife, son and 2 dogs. In Korea, I love to be outside, whether this is hiking or riding my bike, and the scenery is alway spectacular. Open Arms gives me the opportunity to connect with smiling, enthusiastic children and the chance to give back to the local community.

Currently based in Korea, member since 2016

Mi Yong Lee
Program Team LeaderKorean

Hello, my name is Mi Yong Lee, a Korean-American from the lovely state of Michigan. I have been a part of Open Arms since its inception. Working with kids here in Seoul has been a rewarding part of our stay. I have learned so much Korean from my precious students while teaching them English. It's a great symbiotic relationship!

Currently based in United States, member since 2019

Sanjini De Silva Rijsberman
President | Sir Lankan

I am a mum/Environmental Scientist/ Health & Wellness coach/Education advocate who is happiest combining these areas: Healthy People = Healthy Planet! I am a global citizen with Sri Lankan roots. My family is both cross-cultural & blended. I love working with OA and using my leadership & organizational development skills to guide us towards our Vision. Maria Montessori said it best "Within the child lies the fate of the future.”

Currently based in Sri Lanka, member since 2018

Alicia Chung
Official Representative |
Korean Canadian

I am a Korean Canadian currently based in Seoul and a mum of a lovely young son who attends Seoul Foreign School. I believe God has led me to this beautiful team and to the precious children to be of good service in many ways, especially in my field of dealing with boring government documents in Korean or tax/accounting numbers, etc. I can finally make good use of what I have painfully learned thus far as a certified public accountant…LOL

Currently based in Korea, member since 2019

Sanjini De Silva Rijsberman
President | Sir Lankan

I am a mum/Environmental Scientist/ Health & Wellness coach/Education advocate who is happiest combining these areas: Healthy People = Healthy Planet! I am a global citizen with Sri Lankan roots. My family is both cross-cultural & blended. I love working with OA and using my leadership & organizational development skills to guide us towards our Vision. Maria Montessori said it best "Within the child lies the fate of the future.”

Currently based in Sri Lanka, member since 2018

Alicia Chung
Official Representative |
Korean Canadian

I am a Korean Canadian currently based in Seoul and a mum of a lovely young son who attends Seoul Foreign School. I believe God has led me to this beautiful team and to the precious children to be of good service in many ways, especially in my field of dealing with boring government documents in Korean or tax/accounting numbers, etc. I can finally make good use of what I have painfully learned thus far as a certified public accountant…LOL

Currently based in Korea, member since 2019

Sanjini De Silva Rijsberman
President | Sir Lankan

I am a mum/Environmental Scientist/ Health & Wellness coach/Education advocate who is happiest combining these areas: Healthy People = Healthy Planet! I am a global citizen with Sri Lankan roots. My family is both cross-cultural & blended. I love working with OA and using my leadership & organizational development skills to guide us towards our Vision. Maria Montessori said it best "Within the child lies the fate of the future.”

Currently based in Sri Lanka, member since 2018

Alicia Chung
Official Representative |
Korean Canadian

I am a Korean Canadian currently based in Seoul and a mum of a lovely young son who attends Seoul Foreign School. I believe God has led me to this beautiful team and to the precious children to be of good service in many ways, especially in my field of dealing with boring government documents in Korean or tax/accounting numbers, etc. I can finally make good use of what I have painfully learned thus far as a certified public accountant…LOL

Currently based in Korea, member since 2019

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