What is your favorite travel memory?
Spending a month traveling through Indonesia solo. This was an incredible experience and I made friends from all over the world. By the end, I did not want to leave! I considered a life of surfing, working via the Internet and spending the majority of my life in Bali...
Which destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?
Visiting any African country is pretty much underrated. People are so quickly put off by the thought of getting murdered. While it's important to stay safe, it shouldn't deter one from visiting 'third world' countries.
Overrated in my mind refers to any destination that is more tourist-orientated than local - i.e. places that no longer possess a genuine local charm.
What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?
Having staff that WANT to work for you who truly believe in what they are doing. People need to know that their work is meaningful and that they are not simply a pawn or cog in a big machine making a few at the top rich through their hard labor.
How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?
I went from being totally disheartened by the thought of having to endure a 9 to 5 job that I didn't particularly enjoy, to actually wanting to work - knowing that I am helping to make a genuine difference in the world. Nothing is fake anymore.
What unique qualities does your company possess?
Family-like relationships with their staff; completely open and transparent; taking everyone's feelings and ideas into account; progressive; doing incredibly admirable, on-the-ground, difficult work that is truly making a difference for the planet. Never giving up.
Describe a time when you felt especially proud to be part of your current team
Approaching Google and applying for Google Grants, which they granted us based on the nature of what we do!
What is the best story you've heard from a return student?
That their experience with us genuinely changed their life... (and the same has been said by several returning students).