Many others in the Business field back in college were eager to jump into a career path that has a pretty clear and quickly-ascending ladder to climb. But behind the upscale city apartments, corporate vacations, and happy hours were tired eyes, drained from 60 hour work weeks in a gray work environment. I knew for sure that money was not my motivator; I figured out that corporate life wasn't for me.
I started thinking about where I really want to go. I love adventures, and I love meeting new people. I also fell in love with the Italian language in college, but started so late that I felt hopeless to ever become conversational. I thought back on two Study Abroad programs that I did in college and how much I loved meeting new people and exploring new cultures.
So I looked into programs abroad, and the information felt both overwhelming and underwhelming at the same time. Some programs had a lot of information, others had very little. Some programs cost a lot of money, others cost very little. I had doubts for many, but one program stood out to me – Greenheart Travel.
I had too many hesitations. I started a job, but after a year and a half, I couldn't stop coming back to the idea of traveling especially through the Greenheart program. Three months felt perfect for me – not too short that I feel I can't adjust and learn the culture, but not too long that I felt nervous to take the leap. Greenheart was also one of the only programs I could find in Italy that fit my needs.
What really did it for me though was Greenheart's Facebook page. I could see other teachers chatting on the page. That gave me comfort that the program was legit. I felt good knowing I could get more details than just what a webpage can show – there is so much value in peoples' personal experiences.
I was looking for a program that was social and where I could meet other young people. Seeing the photos from the orientation in Turin, I knew that this was it for me.