I hope that you come to find that which gives life a deep meaning for you… I can’t tell you what it might be – that’s for you to find…. I can just encourage you to start looking and support you in the search. – Ita Ford, M.M.
Prior to IFSA
Prior to joining IFSA I worked in the intercultural training industry as a project manager for a portfolio of clients including many Fortune 500 companies. I was always interested in the study abroad industry and found it to be an extension to providing people living and working in intercultural contexts with a better cultural competency. The concept of a non-profit that seeks to send students abroad to live and learn about a new culture through experiencing it in some of their most formative years proved to be a great connection to the idea of improving one’s cultural competency and something I had to be a part of.
My first experience abroad was on a high school exchange in Galicia, Spain. This experience then led me to study abroad in Madrid, Spain and walk the entirety of El camino, a 776 km walk from France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. I then moved to Córdoba, Argentina to study and participate in an international internship. I have now traveled to 13 countries on four continents with a goal of going to every continent and making friends everywhere I go.
Did You Know?
My favorite food is popcorn and I get popcorn kernels from the Amish grocery store, Forks, in Shipshewana, Indiana. They are the best quality kernel I have found in all my travels.