Staff Spotlight: Katherine Hanna

Bali Summer Coordinator


What is your favorite travel memory?

Picking my favorite travel memory is a hard choice!

My travel bug began when I was 14. I traveled around Europe with my family and then to Sri Lanka on a school exchange! This fueled my desire for traveling which has lead me to some incredible memories.

I think my favorite is traveling to Ghana for the first time in June 2016. Experiencing the Ghanaian cultures and traditions first hand is something I will take with me everywhere I travel. I was able to go on Safari in Ghana which is one of my ultimate favorite travel memories!

I was within an arm's length of a wild elephant and stood very close to a herd of buffaloes as they stampeded past!

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

Prior to working as a summer coordinator for Plan My Gap Year I traveled to Ghana with PMGY three times - all within nine months!

Through this I have developed a deeper passion for helping local communities and have deepened my love for the world. Since working with volunteers I have grown massively in my confidence and leadership skills.

Working as part of a team has given me great transferable skills which I will be able to take with me into all aspects of any future career plans in my field.

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

Answering this question is tricky as prior to working for PMGY Bali, I completed the medical project and the orphanage project in Ghana. I thoroughly loved both of these projects and would highly recommend them to all.

I have heard a lot of amazing feedback from volunteers who have completed the teaching program in Ghana and their passion would sway anyone unsure of doing it to do it!

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

My company is great value for money, extremely organized and the staff always go above and beyond their duties to meet the needs of all volunteers.

As I was a student when I first became involved with PMGY, I noticed that the company was unique in offering elective placements for medical students, and ensuring that learning outcomes are met through support from doctors and nurses alongside the in-country staff.