Staff Member Spotlight: Paula Carrettoni

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Program Manager

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Paula who holds a degree in journalism and has several years’ worth of experience in the media, has always had a passion for travel, especially exploring cultures and learning languages. While working in the US, Andorra, Spain, and Italy, she discovered her passion for working with international people and taking part in cultural exchanges. A Buenos Aires native, Pau enjoys interacting with interns and volunteers from all around the world…and showing them all that her city has to offer!

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory was when I traveled to Thailand without a plan. I was working in Andorra and decided to go on vacation to a place that would be very hard to travel to from Argentina.

I stayed in Thailand for a month and visited a lot of places. It was the first time in my life that I did not have a plan, or any hostels booked. I really enjoyed it!

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

I have definitely developed work skills. My biggest challenge was being able to work on my own, independently. I have learnt how to multitask and use tools to solve issues effectively and in the shortest possible time. Meeting people from all over the world has exposed me to different cultures too.

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

That they came back to Buenos Aires because they fell in love with the city! They chose Argentina as their home – they fell in love, had a baby – and that's life now.

Another story I loved was from a female student. She met Obama at the White House after her internship in Buenos Aires. She was so excited!

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

I would choose an internship in Sydney. I have never been to Sydney, but I know that it is a beautiful city. For me, getting to live and work in Australia would be a dream come true. I'd learn about Australian culture and get to know the country's history while working my internship at the same time.

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

I believe that what makes Connect-123 unique is the people who work here. Each staff member makes a difference. They are super friendly, and they are passionate about what they do. Everyone comes from different backgrounds, and we all contribute to our experience. This really adds value to our offering.

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

We offer customized programs.

We care about people we work with, and we focus on building and maintaining relationships that matter – with our colleagues, our university partners, our business partners, our students, and anyone interested in our programs.

We offer comprehensive opportunities for any person interested in volunteering or interning abroad.