Ginger Liu has two years of experience of teaching Mandarin at an elementary school in the U.S.A. During that time, she had the precious chance of living with two local host families.
Ginger Liu has been working for Wanderlust since the beginning of December 2019.
What is your favorite travel memory?
Florida is the first place pumping into my mind when I saw this question.
I spent two years living and teaching in the United States and one of my favorite travel memories was the self-driving tour I had with my friends during the Christmas holiday in 2017. The first stop in Florida was Orlando after which was Miami and then all the way down to the Key West. I enjoyed the view, food, and architecture a lot!
How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?
I have definitely grown a lot from my experience working for Wanderlust Exchange!
Firstly, I have been better at time management when it comes to multiple tasks.
Secondly, my sense of being a global citizenship has grown by working with aupairs and volunteers from various countries, which requires respecting and understanding different cultures.
What is the best story you've heard from a return student?
I would like to share one of the best stories I have heard from two of the previous volunteers about what a good time they have had at Shanghai Baby Home as participants of our Volunteer in Shanghai Orphanage Program.
They have built strong connections with three disabled children they were assigned to accompany by teaching English and playing activities with them. The preconceived language barrier they might have with the orphanage staff turned out to be solved as all of them really worked as a team or even family.
If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?
I guess I personally would choose the Au Pair China Program through which I would get the chance to immerse myself in a foreign culture by learning its language, living with a local host family and interacting with the host children. I believe it’s inspiring and rewarding to see a child improving his or her English or other second languages through my company. Besides, I am really interested in seeing a different lifestyle and engaging myself as a family member to push myself out of my comfort zone.
What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?
Well, to some extent, the programs we have been working on partially make our company unique given that the whole “Au Pair” thing is springing up, but not that well known yet, and we aim to help with bridging the culture gap between China and other countries in forms of home-stay English teaching and volunteering programs.
I feel especially proud of my team every time I see how much our participants enjoy the cultural activities prepared and held by Wanderlust!
What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?
From my point of view, I always believe that great teamwork is an indispensable part of a company being successful. A company will be benefited a lot from the inspirations, creativity and effective solutions arising from its team. A supportive, target-orientated team can be of huge help with the company's success.