Staff Member Spotlight: Ammon Olson

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Coordinator

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Ammon grew up in southern California with seven siblings and lots of animals! Just after high school, he moved to Guatemala for two years and fell in love with the Latin American people. He now spends his time studying to be a mechanical engineer and traveling the world with Village Book.

What is your favorite travel memory?

I had the chance to go to a place in the Amazon jungle literally called "Monkey Island" where I was able to play with the woolly monkeys as they jumped through the trees and all over me.

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

The biggest improvement or change to my life has been the friendships I've made with those I've worked alongside. It has also helped us to appreciate the little things in life like so many others in the world do.

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

There was a young village boy that traveled with a group as they visited the home of the villagers. He wanted to be very involved and share his message with each family they visited. As the library was being finished, that boy waited eagerly for the chance to touch a computer and practice his English. They were amazed to see such drive in that kid.

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

I would probably go with them to Africa so that I might have my own experience with those people that have such a history and so I can learn from them there and see for myself what can be done for them that would be of actual benefit.

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

The focus is to leave a multi-generational impact while steering clear of touristic motives. The purpose of going is the outcome not a cover for a different satisfaction. I was especially proud of how unified everyone became and how willing they all were to put up with the difficulties that were sure to arise.

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

It's all in the impact and in attracting volunteers that are serious about having fun and working hard to leave a mark where they go.