Staff Spotlight: Mac Healy

Volunteer Coordinator


What is your favorite travel memory?

Sitting on a rooftop in Istanbul as the sun rose on a beautiful, clear morning. Myself and 3 friends had just completed a mammoth trip from Southern Greece involving ferries, buses, and trains to arrive at the edge of Europe and sat, sipping a couple of beers, and enjoyed the moment as the sun spread across the beautiful metropolis of Istanbul.

Which destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?

Budapest - It has everything. Culture, history, architecture, and beer. 4 days there did not feel like close to enough.
Dubai - It has nothing. If you don't like shopping there is nothing to keep you in this city. 2 days here felt like an eternity.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Unity. Everyone working towards the same goal, in the same way, with the same attitude. If you are all pulling in the same direction things just work so much easier. There is very little point in a company having goals and aspirations if the employees haven't bought into them and fully committed.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I think I have become more adaptable, as I guess you have to every time you move to a new company. Reacting to new situations and environments is not always easy, thankfully everyone at GVI has made the transition as seamless and smooth as possible.

Describe a time when you felt especially proud to be part of your current team.

My first day. The phones in the office went down so everyone had to decamp to my house to ensure everything continued to run smoothly. The attitude of everyone, and the way they responded to the setback and extra hassle, really impressed me. I basically knew instantly that I was going to be working with the right sort of people.