What does the future hold for Panrimo - any exciting new programs to share?
Dom: Part of my job is to create new programs. In 2015, we’ll introduce Galway, Ireland and Reykjavik, Iceland.
We have a partnership with Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) and their Masters of Program Design & Assessment program. We collaborate to get the most out of every program for our Panroamers!
Which study abroad destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?
Dom: Underrated - Iceland. You are at the forefront of Environmental Studies and all Engineering disciplines. Swimming in a volcano crater and the Northern Lights?!?! Are you kidding me?!
Overrated Destination: The playground in your head - the seesaw, specifically. You don’t have to go back and forth on whether you can afford to go. You can go! You may need to do some work.
There’s loads of free money out there! Get off the seesaw!
What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful organization?
Dom: Students come first - ALWAYS. Only a few years ago we were students traveling abroad and wishing someone would have given us personal attention.
We know the struggle that goes into finances, safety, courses and logistics. We have taken our personal experiences and created Panrimo is that image.
What was your favorite traveling experience?
Dom: Russia with my wife. And I’m not saying that because she’ll read this. From the moment we got off plane in Moscow to visiting her family in Kstovo and Nizhny Novgorod - I was welcomed with open arms and plenty of snow! ....always a full belly and a reason to celebrate (with plenty of vodka).
What changes would you make to the study abroad industry?
Dom: There is this myth out there that studying abroad should cost $20k for a semester/quarter.
Students shouldn’t have to pay US institution prices when they’re studying in Europe - especially when there’s an exchange agreement in place. Students shouldn’t be ok with paying $20k because they expect to pay that in the US. And Panrimo program costs reflect that.