What is your favorite travel memory?
One of my favorite memories is conquering the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge in Northern Ireland! It may not seem too high but I was pretty proud of myself for making it across (and back again -- it leads to an island!)
Another favorite memory of mine is having seen the encompassing sprawl of Tokyo from atop the Metropolitan Government Building. At night, seeing the lights twinkle across the sea of skyscrapers really made me feel like I was far from home, but in the best way possible.
How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?
I started at SWAP as a Marketing Intern in 2012, and have changed positions a few times since then. I'm incredibly lucky to work with an amazing group of people, and to have learned about so many aspects of creating amazing travel opportunities.
What is the best story you've heard from a return student?
I can't choose just one! Every year we check in with our Swappers and reading their stories is the best part of my job. Skydiving, snorkeling, road trips, concerts, meeting their best friends, falling in love, landing their dream job, traveling across Europe...their experiences inspire me and really make my job worthwhile when I see all they have accomplished.
If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?
It's not a question of if, but when! I definitely plan on traveling to South Africa to volunteer on our Soweto orphanage program.
We carefully vet our volunteer programs to ensure the help we send benefits the cause.
I cannot wait to meet the amazing staff who care for the children and help make a positive impact on those children's lives.
What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?
We are Canadian owned and operated, and one of our core values is to offer affordable travel experiences to Canadians across the country. It is really great working for a not for profit organization who truly values the experience of travel and the happiness of our participants.