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Meg Weaver | Student Affairs Advisor

Meg Weaver | Student Affairs Advisor

What's your role at International TEFL Academy?

I am a Student Affairs Advisor with the Student Affairs Department.

What's your story?

My love for travel started young - I was lucky to get a taste of international travel when I was a kid, traveling with my parents. After I studied abroad in Costa Rica in college, I knew that it was something I wanted to do longer-term. I decided to apply to the Peace Corps after graduating from college. I served as a TEFL volunteer in a small city in the Andes Mountains in Ecuador, where I lived with a local Ecuadorian family and volunteered at a high school. I trained local Ecuadorian English teachers and ran an after-school club for at-risk high school students.

After Peace Corps, I hit the road and traveled (mostly by bus) with a friend for a few months throughout South America - from Ecuador all the way down through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, and back up to Colombia. I had such a great time living in Ecuador during my stint as a volunteer, that I decided to move back for a few more years, and taught English at a private language school in Cuenca, Ecuador.

Where are you from, where did you go to college & what did you major in at college?

I’m originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. I went to Michigan State University where I dual majored in Comparative Cultures and Politics, Arts and Humanities with a specialization in Latin American Studies.

What countries have you visited?

Belgium, France, Germany, the UK, Italy, Ecuador, Perú, Colombia, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Panamá, México, Argentina, Croatia, Slovenia, Iceland and Canada.

Long term travel experience

I studied abroad in Costa Rica during my sophomore year of college, and after I graduated I joined the Peace Corps in Ecuador. After that, I worked as an English teacher, ran an art gallery with a few friends, and managed a scientific research project at a local Ecuadorian university. I spent two months traveling through South America in 2014.

Most memorable travel story? 

My friend and I flew into Lima, Peru to start our 2-month backpacking trip through South America after finishing Peace Corps. On day 2 of our trip, we stopped by an ATM to take out some cash. I was kinda stressed out about taking out large amounts of cash in public areas so I was hurrying - so much that I completely forgot to wait to get my debit card back from the ATM (in some ATMs in South America the machine will keep your card until the end of your transaction). I walked away from the ATM and forgot about it until a few hours later. By the time I realized what I’d done, my card had been shredded by the ATM (thankfully). But it meant that we had to depend on my friend’s debit card for taking cash out until I could get a new card mailed to a friend in Argentina.

A week later, my friend left her debit card in an ATM in La Paz, Bolivia, and we were down to just one credit card in a country where credit cards aren’t as widely accepted just yet. It was a rough 2 weeks of pinching pennies in southern Bolivia trying not to spend all of our cash!

Why do you like working at ITA?

I love working with a group of people who all share the same passion for travel as I do!

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