The first time I ever hiked was in Cornwall. Even though the trail was for beginners, I was very nervous because I’m not an athletic person. I decided that I would take it slow and really soak up the atmosphere. My hike turned into a leisurely walk as I spent most of the time admiring the view. I spotted two people in the distance who were just sitting at the edge. They looked simultaneously isolated from the world, yet very much a part of the earth. I sat down and tried to experience the same. I surprised myself, not by my physical ability, but because I was able to pause and appreciate the present, which is something I find difficult to do.
What is your favorite travel memory?
How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?
I've added so many things to my bucket list since I've started working at Greenheart Travel! A big part of my job is to share people's travel experiences, so I am always making mental notes when I hear about someone's exciting adventure abroad. For example, I am making it a priority to see the Loi Krathong Light Festival in Thailand!
What is the best story you've heard from a return student?
My favorite part of my job is that I get to hear so many stories from participants before, during, and after they have gone abroad. My favorite stories are when people break out of their comfort zones and feel they have grown as a person. It shows that travel isn't an experience that ends once you return home.
If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?
Right now, I would choose our Volunteer in Puerto Rico program for sure. Even though Hurricane Maria was over a year ago, there is still so much that needs to be done to aid in relief and reforestation. It's a great program for someone who wants to get their hands dirty and really make a difference.
What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?
Everyone truly cares about every single person on our programs. It sounds cheesy, but it's true! I have seen my coworkers go out of their way to do everything they can to ensure travelers have the best experience abroad and provide the necessary resources to prepare them. It is definitely a culture of care.
What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?
There are two things that come to mind. First and foremost, everyone needs to be on the same page and understand the "Big Picture." The second is transparency. Being honest and transparent with participants is what is going to help them feel prepared before they go abroad. As someone in marketing, it is crucial I portray authentic travel experiences to set realistic expectations.