Admissions Advising – I help future travelers put their success plans together before they embark on their adventure abroad, from covering country options, visas, hiring seasons, salaries, interview procedures, and more. It is truly a pleasure to educate and assist future ITA alumni, from when they first realize the tremendous opportunity that awaits them abroad to the realization of their dream that once started as a simple conversation.
Business Development – When I put this hat on, it is with the goal of helping even more students achieve their goals of living overseas by strategically partnering with top study abroad, volunteer abroad, internship abroad organizations, and the like, which routinely are how many people first become addicted to traveling. I enjoy providing those addicts with a pipeline to further their journeys around the world and help even more people abroad, but this time getting paid to travel as a professional teacher.
The country boy that always wanted to be ‘on the go’. Rural Pennsylvania provided me the ideal environment to grow: rich with a loving family, close-knit friends, community, and the omnipresence of nature. I would have it no other way. Those surroundings also sparked my intrigue to explore, whether it was through the literal miles of untouched forest that is my backyard, to the distant, multi-faceted cultural centers abroad, far from my quiet pocket of PA.
My view of traveling embodies plenty of dimensions, however predominately strikes me as a necessary education in and of itself. It is the opportunity to build perspective, a broader vision, and global awareness. Beyond all of the amazing things traveling provides a traveler, including all of the aforementioned benefits, I believe in what we do because it is a requisite experience living in the ever-globalizing world of today.
Chicago, by way of “the sticks”.
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Portugal, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
I have traveled as a performer and actively participated in community service projects, later as an informal private English language tutor and a tourist, all the way to filming a television pilot and on business with ITA.
Anyone that knows me knows that eclectic eating is not my prime motivation for travel, however, sushi has changed my life. I could also eat the wild game I had in Africa on a daily basis.
My simple travel advice is: get involved. You may never have the same moment, opportunity or be in the same location with the same people ever again, so get in the arena and engage yourself in the experience.
Just as my truly inspiring colleagues have undoubtedly echoed, ITA allows me to feel great about what I do. Helping people achieve their dreams of living abroad as they in turn help more people through professional and meaningful service? Yeah, I like that. Having had my fill of the corporate grind to compare, working at ITA is tremendously rewarding.
I would like to add that my lovely wife, Kristin was a co-founder of ITA and English teacher in Spain and Italy for multiple years. Our cat, Sushi also approves of my line of work and colleagues, which is a tough stamp of approval to get!