As a team of travelers ourselves, the biggest work perk we could get is the chance to continue exploring the world and connecting with others along the way -- and we do! Every year, Go Overseas pays for each team member to take a trip, in order to get to know the programs we host and the travelers who go on them.
Our annual trip to visit a Go Overseas partner was created to help further our mission, and to actually live it by connecting with humans and taking perspective-changing trips. The travel norm we envision for the world, and live out through these trips, is full of real cultural exchange.
Companies in 2019, specifically ones in the Bay Area, are all about "company perks". Kombucha on tap, in-house laundry, you name it. Usually the perks are to keep you at the office working longer hours, or to make it hard to ever leave the company because it's just so comfortable. But at Go Overseas, the best company perk is kind of the opposite. Our Paid Paid trips are all about getting us out of the office, out of our comfort zone, and living our mission.
Every year, each employee gets to go on a week-long program (found on Go Overseas, of course). Go Overseas pays the employee (PTO) and pays for the program itself. Being an avid and passionate traveler is an unstated prerequisite for working at Go Overseas, so you can imagine this perk is regarded as the "best perk, ever". And it truly is! You get to travel, immerse yourself in a new culture, expand your horizons, meet the providers we work with directly day in and day out, meet other travelers, and understand what our users want and need from us. Being on the ground alongside our users and providers makes us better employees, and learning about a new culture makes us better people. The programs on our website and the people who do them come to life, and we get to connect with other humans -- which is what we're all about.
It's easy to get caught up in technology, especially when you work on a website. But we do what we do at Go Overseas in order to empower in-person human connection, and inspire people to choose the kind of travel that allows you to fully immerse yourself, meet others, and change (or at least broaden) your perspective. The world is so much bigger than the little bubble you live in, and getting out of that bubble is the best way to remind yourself of that.
So with that in mind, we look to 2019 as a year of travel possibility that will bring us empathy and understanding. Right this very second we're sitting down, and (literally) mapping out where each of us will be going. We will get on planes, trains, buses, maybe even boats, and make our way to far and remote corners of the world. We plan on eating local cuisine (unless it's Durian), talking to locals and other travelers alike, and making new connections no matter which destinations we choose. Our travel resolution this year, and every year, is our mission: to empower human connection through perspective-changing travel.