What countries have you traveled to?
Thailand, Dominican Republic and Fiji.
Has your international experience evolved to make you an even more valuable addition to the Rustic Pathways team?
It truly has. Helps me understand specific challenges for our staff when dealing with medical and mental health issues. It also humbles me at the dedication our staff has for our mission, vision and values.
How did you get involved with Rustic Pathways?
Taught a Wilderness First Responder course for Rustic Pathways in Ohio in 2011. It was my first knowledge of Rustic Pathways and really loved this interaction with US and SEA staff.
How long have you been working with Rustic Pathways?
Since Feb. 2014.
What is the most fulfilling aspect of your job?
When I am blessed to teach medical courses for our staff and also assisting student’s prior to travel.
What do you like most about Rustic Pathways?
Our Rustic family.
What makes Rustic Pathways different from other international program providers?
Rustic Pathways is in the forefront and leading the way for international travel. When attending Risk Management conferences, many turn to us for information on best practices.
Have you traveled with other Rustic Pathways employees?
No, I have not.
What has been one of your favorite moments at Rustic Pathways?
Teaching a Wilderness First Aid course for our GAP students on Somosomo in Fiji. AMAZING experience teaching without urban “teaching tools” in such a wonderful setting. Gave the students such a perspective on what remote medicine and how to take care of people that are sick or injured.
What is your favorite project you have worked on and why?
Developing our Mental Health Questionnaire for our students, coordinating training for our staff and assisting in response during the program.
How did you first go about getting a global perspective?
When teaching that first WFR for Rustic in 2011.
How do you embody Rustic Pathways’ vision and bring it to life?
Pre-trip work with families to ensure their comfort and safety while they travel with us.
How do you stay focused on Rustic’s mission to positively impact lives and communities around the world?
Work ethic, hands down, to prepare students and staff prior to student’s arrival.
Why do you view travel as an essential part of every education?
Travel and community service are essential for developing a person’s global perspective and tends to help them appreciate what they have when they return home.
What makes you proud to work at Rustic Pathways?
The work of our global staff, what an amazing group of dedicated people!!