Alli’s internship with RLT has wrapped up and when I asked her to reflect on her time here, this is what she came up with. I can say for all of us in the office, thanks Alli! We loved having you, you added so much vitality to our days! Please come back anytime. (Slight Correction: Alli the snickers were ALL gone in a week!) -Elin
RLT Office Staff Dictionary: A list and definitions of the amazing people that made my experience interning with The Road Less Traveled one that I will never forget.
RLT Kids: Through my experience with RLT, I learned that the students who sign up for RLT summer trips are truly amazing. They have already accomplished great things and established strength of character by an early age. They will only go on to achieve more. These are the kids that really are the future, and they will make it bright.
Adam: Logistics Coordinator; World Traveler; Great Guy. Always in a good mood, always willing to listen to everyone else, extremely organized (considering he’s the logistics coordinator for all RLT trips, one has to be), admirably down to earth, and always ready to have a good time.
Elin: The brains of the operation behind RLT’s new website launch as well as the scholarship coordinator. She’s gearing up for med school, and to do that on top of the work I saw her do at RLT is an amazing feat. She is witty and always has something quippy to say that facilitates a good laugh for everyone who gets to hear it.
Katia: Ohhh, Katia! My desk was right next to hers, so I think I spoke with her more than I spoke with anyone else in that office. She is from Brazil, and she was always ready and willing to entertain my requests to learn some Portuguese. I can’t even recall all the things that she and I have laughed about, because there were so many! She is a fun, lively person who’s clearly got music in her soul.
Barbara: Barb is one of the most patient people I have ever met. She guided me through everything I needed to learn to do my job in the RLT office. No matter how many times I checked with her to confirm details, processes, etc. she never showed that she was annoyed. She is caring, helpful, and extremely informed. She is chock full of some of the most entertaining stories I have ever heard, and her prowess for navigation through the city of Chicago is admirable; she knows those streets like the back of her hand.
Jim: Jim Stein is a great boss. He is understanding and extremely generous. If there’s anyone you could learn about travel from – it’s him. Just one look around the office proves it…Nepalese prayer flags and beautiful Indian beaded blankets hang on the walls from his travels to Asia. African wood-carved and painted masks stand across from these. He is a world traveler that has far transcended the role of a tourist. Which is why RLT trips are so full of substance.
Donna: Someone with an incredibly warm aura. She is easy to be around, inviting, and comfortingly friendly. It’s clear that she’s quite in tune with those around her, and I felt her presence put me at ease. She’s also extremely generous… she “donated” a giant box of snickers to the office that was just about gone in about a week!
Ellen Bee: One of the most generous and kind people I have ever met. She made my Chicago experience amazing. She is a college graduate, working three jobs, with a life already established in Chicago, yet she still found time to show me around the city after work and introduce me to people that she knew. Without her, I wouldn’t have gotten to truly see Chicago. She will forever be someone that I know as a truly amazing friend.
To close, here’s a couple shots from Alli’s last RLT adventure, our Service Learning program HUJAMBO in Tanzania.