Victoria started with OG as a Program Leader for the Southeast Asia: Animal Conservation program. She liked them so much, she decided to join the team in their Toronto office as the Calling Campaign Manager!
What is your favorite travel memory?
One of my favorite travel memories was actually from this summer, while on break from leading trips in Southeast Asia.
I went to visit a friend from back home who's been living in Hanoi, Vietnam for two years now. We spent a whirlwind ten days traveling throughout Vietnam, mainly on the back of a motorbike. It was an absolutely incredible way to see the country, and was so nice to have someone who knew the country show me around.
How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?
Anyone who's been a Program Leader will tell you how much it changes you as a person. It teaches you patience, compassion, flexibility, and how to stay cool and collected through some pretty challenging situations. I came out of my four months in Southeast Asia not only a better leader, but a better overall person.
If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?
It's so hard to choose just one! Most likely, our Guatemala: Rights and Resistance program.
I love Latin America, and will take any and every opportunity to return. But more specifically, Guatemala has an incredibly fascinating history, and given my background in Peace, Conflict and Justice studies, the program itinerary is right up my alley. Plus, I'm dying to see the magic of The Hub in person!
What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?
Most definitely the culture of the organization and the people that work here/ get involved. OG certainly attracts a very distinct group of people who are a little weird in all the right ways, extremely passionate, and filled with an insatiable curiosity for the world and all of the people in it. Joining the OG family means connecting with a group of like-minded people who become friends for life.
What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?
Putting people first. Not only our participants, but equally as important, the partners that we work alongside on the ground. Every decision we make is decided through the lens of what will be best for our partners and participants, and that genuine connection with people is what continues to fuel us.