What position do you hold at Kalu Yala? What has been your career path so far?
Alix: I am currently the COO for Kalu Yala Entrepreneurial Internships after transitioning from being the Business Director for the last year and a half. I started my business career after receiving my bachelor degree from the University of Montana in International Business and Marketing.
In college, I assisted in planning and producing the world's longest running wildlife film festival in Montana, and have since worked on many other large productions.
Upon graduation, I moved to California and worked in marketing for a health and wellness company until I decided I wanted some international experience; and I am now loving my life and job in Panama!
Did YOU study abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?
Alix: I studied abroad for a summer in Salamanca, Spain and again in Costa Rica to attend a Spanish language school. I chose to study abroad because from a very young age I had been passionate about traveling and had a great desire to see the world, learn the Spanish language, and immerse myself into different cultures.
What country have you always wanted to visit?
Alix: Since I have been living in Panama and have had the opportunity to travel around this beautiful country for the last year and a half, Colombia was next on my travel list, and I finally made it there last fall! It is an incredible place that is full of beauty and wonderful people.
What language have you always wanted to learn and why?
Alix: Spanish. I have been intrigued by the Latin American culture and the Spanish language since a very young age; I even tried to teach it to myself when I was in elementary school. I am still enjoying taking classes and improving my speaking skills!
What unique qualities does your company possess?
Alix: Kalu Yala is unique in the sense that it provides the opportunity for hands-on learning experiences, where you are given the opportunity to pursue your interests, and provided with the resources to make your project a reality. Interns get to work amongst a group of passionate folks in various fields, but who all possess similar values and a passion for wanting to make this world a better place!