Staff Member Spotlight: Taneka Martin

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Office Manager

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As the daughter of West Indian immigrants, Taneka was born with travel and global world view in her blood. Splitting her childhood between three states and Toronto she earned her "wings" early and prides herself with never being without a valid passport. Having flown by herself for the first time at 9 she has particularly developed a deep love of solo travel most recently having visited the Turquoise Coast of Turkey.

What was your favorite traveling experience?

One of my favorite traveling experiences was to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. It was a completely unplanned add on to a European trip and yet turned out to be full of rewarding experiences. I found the people I encountered to be very warm and interested in talking to a foreigner and the traditional foods to be flavorful which dispelled my prior belief that Slavic food was bland.

What country have you always wanted to visit?

I have always wanted to visit South Africa. The wines produced in these region are some of the most interesting and undiscovered wines in the world and very good for pairing with a wide array of foods. South Africa also requires signficant time in the air and I am one of the few people that really loves flying.

What language have you always wanted to learn and why​?

I have also want to learn Mandarin as I think learning a language that requires learning a completely different character structure from English would be the ultimate challenge.

Why is language learning and cultural immersion important to you?

I think cultural immersion and language are particularly important because the borders between nations are rapidly dissolving and, in moving forward, it is important to develop cultural understanding of individuals who, due to distance barriers in the past, we may not have encountered but we are now interacting with on a daily basis.