Staff Spotlight: Christian Clark

Deputy Director for USA
Christian has been working with Projects Abroad since 2009 encouraging young, motivated people from the US to help, learn, and explore as volunteers abroad.

What is your favorite travel memory?

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I most recently got to milk a horse in Mongolia. Everyone I have since said that too has been surprised, so it is a good icebreaker. I did this visiting Projects Abroad's Nomad Project in Mongolia where you can live and learn about the way of life of nomadic communities of the vast Mongolia plains.

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

On that same Nomad Project in Mongolia earlier in the year we had a young man who lived there for 6 months starting in January. If that statement does not surprise you, look up the weather in Mongolia in January!

I found this adventurous commitment to cultural exchange impressive and inspiring.

I was not the only one. He was a legend among the local families when I got there and everyone wanted to know if I knew him!

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

Now that I have had a chance to experience our Nomad Project in Mongolia, I want to visit the one in the Sahara Desert in Morocco! These projects in our Culture & Community category are my favorite for their focus on unique peoples and traditions.

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

For me, it is diversity. You cannot find anywhere else such variety of people, both staff and volunteers, as well as variety of options for projects that embrace for all sorts of skills and experiences.

Remember when I said I milked a horse with Mongolian nomads?

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

Providing equal and unparalleled attention to your staff, customers, and product. If you have good people helping good people to access good things you are bound to succeed.