Dawn Browning | Office Administrator

Dawn Browning - ITA Office Administrative Assistant

What is your role at International TEFL Academy?

I am ITA’s Office Administrator. I joined the team in May of 2022. 

What's your story?

I’m a “military brat”. My father was in the Air Force and my mother was a Department of Defense school teacher so I moved around a lot as a kid and came to love traveling, meeting new cultures, and learning new languages.

Where are you from and where did you go to college?

I was born in Germany and studied at the American University of Paris and Parsons School of Design Paris.

What was your first travel abroad experience like?

I was born in Germany but only lived there for a few months until we moved to the US. So my first travel abroad experience was when my family moved back to Germany. I was really excited to move back to the country of my birth. We took a flight full of US soldiers and airmen who were being assigned to posts and bases in Germany so the flight had a giddy atmosphere. It was the first time overseas for many of them as well, I believe.

I remember when we landed how clean everything was and all the buses seemed to be Mercedes or BMWs. The countryside impressed me greatly… it was so green and I hadn’t seen so many hills in my life. I was so excited to be there and the feeling you get in your stomach of anticipation lasted a long time. I couldn’t wait to learn German, eat German food and just experience the country.

What countries have you been to?

Germany, France, UK, Holland, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Japan, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, and Australia.

Where have you lived/taught abroad?

I have lived in Germany and France. I was an au pair when I studied in France. I lived with a family from Spain where I was encouraged to speak English with their daughter and the whole family.

Best travel story?

Visiting Machu Picchu - I learned on this particular trip that I am susceptible to altitude sickness. It was so bad I didn’t care if I saw Machu Picchu or not. I planned my trip so that I arrived ahead of my hike up the Inca trail to acclimatize. But as soon as I landed in Cusco, it hit me. I felt like I was moving in slow motion, I couldn’t move very fast and I was constantly out of breath. Altitude sickness. Going up one flight of stairs took the wind out of me. I had no idea how I was going to hike the Inca Trail.

I hiked with a travel group. I didn’t have to carry my things. The hiking outfit took care of that. The plan was to spend 2-nights on the trail with the final day arriving at Machu Picchu. I think I started out okay but as we went higher, the slower I got and the less I wanted to continue. After the first night on the trail, I had a pounding headache, couldn’t eat or drink, and was so exhausted, that I just wanted to spend the rest of the trip in my tent. I did rally somewhat and continued with the group up the trail but I continued to get sick. I decided I had to go back down. I told the main guide and he arranged for me to go down. However, I had to start hiking back down on my own and a guide would catch up with me to accompany me the rest of the way.

Soon the guide caught up with me to assist me with getting a hotel, then a train to Aguas Calientes to catch a bus up to Machu Picchu the next day. The rate I was going was so slow, though. The guide informed me we wouldn’t get to the bottom of the trail until midnight at such a slow pace.

At one point, he went up to a house and spoke to a family, and later a horse appeared. I would be going down the rest of the way by horse. Long story short, the horse got me to the bottom of the trail and the next day I made it up to Machu Picchu by bus. I was one of the first tourists to arrive so I saw it with hardly anyone around and it was entirely worth it!

Favorite ethnic food?

German and French!

What excites you about working at ITA?

I’m excited to be a part of the community that will be helping people help others!

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