The Team Behind Go Overseas

MITCH GORDON
CEO & Co-Founder
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Mitch spent his formative years in Upstate NY and is a proud UC Berkeley alum (Go Bears!). His passions include rugby, reading, running, BBQ and.... traveling. He's happy to chat big ideas, entrepreneurship, politics or philosophy with anyone!

Mitch previously taught English in Taiwan and considers it a 2nd home. He's been to 40+ countries and counting and believes passionately that meaningful travel & cultural exchange > cruises and beach vacations (take a trip not a vacation!).

MAYA TOBIAS
VP of Marketing and Growth
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Maya is a foodie, backpacker and entrepreneur hailing from Pittsburgh, PA. She studied abroad in Santiago, Chile, worked as a camp counselor in Marbella, Spain, taught English to Sudanese refugees in Israel, and wrote a food blog while living in Hong Kong. After many stints abroad, she’s now settled in a little yellow house in Berkeley, CA.

LAUREN TANG
UX/UI Designer
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Integrative biology major Lauren keeps the Go Overseas site beautiful, and the Go Overseas team well fed (Best Baker Award 2016). When she's not making the website more delightful, you can find her sipping boba or jamming out to mashups at Soul Cycle.

Lauren studied abroad in Rome with UC Berkeley visiting almost a dozen different countries while in Europe. She also volunteered abroad in an elephant village through GVI Chiang Mai.

LOGAN ESENTHER
Full Stack Developer
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Logan was born and raised in the Chicago-burbs and came out west to study Engineering at UC Berkeley. While studying abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico, he (accidentally) invented both the taco and the burrito [citation needed]. When he's not thocking away on his mechanical keyboard, he's likely wandering through forests, climbing mountains, or soaking in natural hot springs.

LARISSA SZYSZKA
Associate Account Manager
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A Navy brat through and through, Larissa moved 9 times between 5 states and 3 countries by her 16th birthday. She studied abroad in western Ukraine in high school, followed by a summer with University of Pittsburgh's Romani Gypsy Music and Culture program and a semester with CET Prague in college.

She completed her grant as a Fulbright ETA in the rice-paddy fields of rural Malaysia in and spent time with the Fund for Education Abroad before moving to the sunny Bay and joining Go Overseas.

Go Overseas' Columnists

ELAINA GIOLANDO

A former NYC management consultant turned legal nomad, Elaina Giolando writes about the intersection of career, life, and travel for today's 20-somethings. She currently works as an international project manager and has traveled to over 50 countries and 6 continents for both work and play.

Blog: Life Before 30
Twitter: @_LifeBefore30

LAUREN SALISBURY

A California native, Lauren Salisbury has found the best way to get to know a region of the world is to live there, and with that in mind has worked in four countries, including the United States, Australia, Spain and Costa Rica.

Blog: Something In Her Ramblings

NATALIE SOUTHWICK
Volunteer Abroad | Latin America

Natalie has made appearances in 16 different countries to date. Her favorite is definitely Colombia, where she spent 3.5 years ogling mountains on a daily basis, eating an overwhelming amount of arepas and working with human rights organizations.

Twitter: @nsouthwick

RICHELLE GAMLAM

Traveler, blogger and serial expat, Richelle has been living and working in China for the last four years. From high school English teacher to college admissions consultant, Richelle has tried her hand at many different jobs in China. For more of Richelle's crazy misadventures, check out her blog.

Blog: Adventures Around Asia

NATASHA AMAR

Natasha is a Dubai-based travel writer and photographer who likes to explore the world in cultures, cuisines, and hiking trails and write about it all on her blog.

Blog: The Boho Chica

OLIVIA CHRISTINE PEREZ

Olivia Christine Perez is a travel writer, photography enthusiast, and backpacking guru. With over 30 countries under her belt, she has received top accolades for her blog, including being named one of Huffington Post's 10 Inspirational Bloggers to Follow Now.

Blog: O Christine