Kat has always been passionate about the outdoors and showing students the joys of ethical travel. After studying anthropology and geography in college, she knew she wanted to travel in a meaningful way, and experiential education has been a dream career. She has extensive experience guiding 70 day gap year programs. Kat truly believes in the transformative power of cultural immersion and she can’t wait to learn alongside the students this summer. When she isn’t guiding, she loves to play music, sing, write, read, cook food for her friends, and salsa dance!
Where did you grow up?
Where do you call home now?
Wherever my backpack is! And Boulder, still 🙂
Year started at Global Works?
What’s your favorite part about leading trips?
I’ve been leading student trips for the last few years, and my favorite part of my job is getting to watch students grow so much in such a short amount of time. It’s also amazing to learn from other cultures.
What’s something you can’t live without while you are traveling?
My little travel guitar! I bring it everywhere and love to teach students, too.
Tell us about a favorite memory from a trip you have taken
My most recent trip was a 70 day gap semester in Indonesia and Fiji– the whole thing was amazing! On our last day, my co-leader and I created a very elaborate game of Survivor complete with riddles, a scavenger hunt, physical challenges, and puzzles. It was so fun to come up with challenges that played to everyone’s strengths and see them work as a team.
Where is your favorite place you have traveled to?
That’s tough! But it’s gotta be Nepal. The Himalaya is magical and I can’t wait to go back!
Fun fact, special talent, or favorite memory
I love to play music and sing! I have a short EP on Spotify and I am often writing music while traveling.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to cook for my family and friends, hike, backcountry ski, read, salsa dance, and practice Spanish.
What languages do you speak?
English is my first language, and Spanish has been an ongoing passion and learning experience for me.
If you had to give one piece of advice or words of encouragement to someone on their first travel experience, what would it be?
Keep an open mind and be okay with being a little uncomfortable.