Staff Member Spotlight: Kate Popova

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Leading TEFL & Travel Expert

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Entrepreneur Kate is a travel-loving education specialist aged 24. Her internet company teaches business English to global students. In addition, she's a work and travel specialist and resident academic tutor at a leading TEFL brand. A fitness and gym enthusiast, she also pursues yoga. Kate will be jetting off to Amsterdam and Morocco next.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory has to be when I traveled to Iceland and got to swim in the amazing Blue Lagoon! It was surreal. The lagoon was absolutely beautiful, warm, steamy and yet invigorating due to the freezing air temperature. There was plenty of free mud to daub on one's body with a strange seaweed-like feeling underfoot.

The clean facilities inside were excellent too - you use the wristband to pay for drinks or food and settle the bill when you leave. There is a charge for robe and towel, but well worth it.

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

This is a no brainer! Absolutely! With all the girl power and inspiration within these office walls it'd be difficult not to. It is truly an inspiring place to work!

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

They'd kill us if we told you their names but we had two interns come back from Thailand totally besotted and in love. They had met on the teacher's orientation and just clicked! And, we've heard a rumor that there is a baby on the way. Exciting times!

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

This is a toughie! I would put Colombia and Thailand very close but I'd have to go with Thailand as I've seen first hand what the program is like!

I went out to visit our wonderful Premier TEFL teachers last month and it was simply amazing! The smell of Thai food everywhere, the cheap beer, paradise on your doorstep and the bustling vibrant cities. What is not to like? Can I book my ticket now?

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

Our open communication policy makes us unique. There are no management levels as such - we are all as important as each other. Our strengths lie in our ability to communicate and share the workload (good and bad) enriching the customer experience.

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

Honesty, transparency, communication, and trust!