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Who we are

The very essence of LAVA CHARTER

Meet the Team

Our Team could not be more different. This is not only fun, but is above all the foundation for efficiency and team spirit. You can find everything at LAVA CHARTER except strict hierarchy. Each team member introduces his or her very own strengths and individualism at its best. You will sense this close cooperation immediately.

Jan Schäper

Base Manager Lanzarote

Jan has been active in the chartering industry for more than 5 years as a skipper & team builder. The friendly inhabitants and the pleasant climate finally took him to Lanzarote, where he has been actively supporting the Lava Charter team since January 2017 as a base manager. Jan brings fresh air to the team and, together with his colleagues, pursues the same goal: to drive Lava Charter as canary experts ever further and to bring his expertise to the Canary Island market.

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Christine Wagner

Office Administrator Lanzarote

As a tour guide she has discovered the world and stopped at Lanzarote to fulfill her lifetime dream of emigration. She has been living with her little familiy on this unique island for more than 20 years now. Christine is a great addition for our team as she speaks fluent spanish and english. Besides this, she is experienced in a range of customer support and office organisation. She functions as a receptionist for Lava Charter and is your very first contact for questions or any other concerns.

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Tristán Zinhard

Maintenance Manager Lanzarote

Tristán grew up as a so-called "conejero" in the paradise of Lanzarote. His first real encounter with the Atlantic took place as a young wild on a surfboard. He had his first encounter with wind and sailing while kitesurfing. Under water he learned everything important during his time as a marine diver. After six fully stamped passes, many sailing trips and various experiences on land and at sea, he now supports the Lava Charter Team. On Lanzarote he is the technical manager.

His motto: "The only easy day was yesterday".

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Erika Voccola

Sales Assistant/Trainee Lanzarote

Erika was chosen by Lanzarote Island last January 2018 when she came for a professional opportunity and she found the perfect place to settle down. Her professional experience in international environments all over Europe is wide and eclectic. From customer/sales support to administration, she has been collaborating with companies in five different countries and learnt almost five languages. The most recent member on board at Lava Charter, she combines her passion for languages and the love for the ocean. Erika supports Lava’s young and diverse team in Marketing, Sales and Office administration, applying her need for organizing and the joy of putting everything in place.

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Joerg "Joschi" Lang

Special Agent

The "multitool" at Lava is Joschi. After 27 years with one of the largest automobile manufacturers in Germany, a change of scenery was necessary. So why not to where you spend your holiday? Lanzarote. And what do you do there? Depending on what happens. At the beginning, the Cologne youngster folds out the paint bucket and tassel from the repairer and tops himself out artistically when painting and painting. White on white is "hidden art". Out of love for his holiday on the water, he soon replaces brushes and paint with wrenches, keyboards and scrubbers in our harbour. Joschi helps where he can. No matter if inventory, problems with the telephone system or rust spots on the stainless steel of the yachts. There is also an open ear for coffee at any time. Always according to the slogan "Here you will be helped", thanks for being on board.

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Barbara Meyer

Cleaning team manager Lanzarote

Barbara fell in love with Lanzarote and moved to the island 25 years ago. An award-winning dancer and dancing teacher who has also had a career as a nurse, she loves music and is noticeably a real people person. Despite no previous experience in sailing, she welcomed the chance to work within the sailing community, warming to their “open and friendly” nature. Joining a team based in a marina next to the ocean is its own reward.
Having spent so much time in a thriving tourist destination, she sees that sailing offers a fantastic way of getting to know Lanzarote and the Canary Islands from a completely novel perspective and loves to see how guests respond to spending time here.

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Jimmy Bada

Shop Manager

Jimmy fell in love with Lanzarote on vacation, and considered it an ideal place to work and make his hobbies a daily routine. Jimmy has spent the last 7 years on the island and still enjoys the warm climate and endless sun filled days. Jimmy is the manager of the LAVA CHANDLERS and is your contact person for equipment and spare parts.

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Sylvia Nauke

Base Assistant Tenerife

We’re very happy to welcome Sylvia, who in November joined our Las Galletas (Tenerife) office, helping out with admin and handover preparation. With a wide experience in customer service and the restaurant industry, she has been living in Tenerife with her family since the 1980s.
Her love for the island and in particular for the fishing village of Las Galletas, makes her the perfect person to advise our charter guests on the local area. She also speaks Spanish, German and English.
Working with the Lava Charter team, she looks forward to the chance to improve her sailing knowledge.

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Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Marichal

Maintenance Team Tenerife

Miguel combines experience working in both tourism and automotive aesthetics, meaning that his attention to detail when carrying out repair work on board and yacht preparation is second to none. His reliability within the team means that he is often the group’s “go to”, despite little previous experience in boating. Outside the office, he enjoys artistic craftwork.

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Zbigniew Kielbasa

Maintenance Technician Tenerife

His passion for the oceans has always been present in his life. It wasn’t until 2008 when he started to seriously live it while working as a skipper in the charter industry. That passion for the ocean, and sailing, led him to Tenerife in 2015. It was there where he found the ideal sailing conditions. In 2018, Binio discovered Lava Charter after making a short visit to the base in Las Galletas. Soon after, he joins the Lava team and began to take care of our S/Y, watching and care taking their maintenance. As he likes to put it, “here we pamper our yachts”

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László Attila Bondár

Maintenance team Tenerife

Laci is the team's most reliably helpful backstay; always kind and accommodating to both guests and staff members. His position in the Tenerife Lava Charter Base is to take care of external cleaning for the boats and to carry out minor repairs.
By moving to Tenerife from Italy, as he did 3 years ago with his wife, he is realising one of his greatest dreams: to live and work next to the ocean.

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Viktória Bondárné Hajdu

Cleaning team manager Tenerife

A native of Hungary, Viki heads up our all-important cleaning team at the Tenerife Lava Charter base, ensuring a professional changeover and sound preparation of the fleet for the next guests.
The desire for new challenges in her life brought her with her family after 13 years of Italian life to the island of eternal spring. She is happy to be able to work for such a family-friendly company as Lava Charter, where she can also benefit from more than 15 years of professional experience in the hospitality industry. Another plus is being able to work together with her husband at Lava Charter, just next to the ocean.

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María del Pino Bravo de Laguna Roque

Cleaning team Tenerife

Maria's positive attitude is a great asset for the team, where is often easily able to convert problems into challenges. She recently arrived in Tenerife from the island of Gran Canaria, discovering the world of boats and starting a new period of work in Lava Charter. She has always enjoyed travelling, reading and walking. Her message: "I invite you to get to know this wonderful experience of enjoying and sailing with us. Welcome aboard!”

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