Staff Spotlight: Karissa Holland

Country Expert


What is your favorite travel memory?

Hands down skydiving in Queenstown, New Zealand. It was a perfect crystal clear day, in the middle of winter over Lake Wakatipu and the snow capped mountains. I was the last one to jump off the plane, and I remember just feeling completely blissful, and it being the most gorgeous sight.

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

I feel very grateful to work with such amazing people and for such great causes. It makes me want to better myself, as do these volunteers, and get involved as much as I can in embracing a positive difference in the world.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

How the volunteer experience has changed their outlook on life. Hearing how they are returning home with a positive attitude and gratitude for everything they have in life.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Nepal has always been on my bucket list- so definitely the Volunteer and Adventure Experience in Nepal. Who wouldn't want to trek around Mt. Everest, visit Hindu temples, and go white water rafting through the mountains!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I believe GVI staff has more of a family bond, not your usual office staff. Anytime, either something good or bad happens we come together as a team.

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

Having a good atmosphere, happy staff, ands a good cause that you're working towards. That positive energy then reflects on the volunteers, and if the staff are pumped about the projects, the volunteers will be too!