A North Carolinian native, Miriam was born and raised at the base of the Appalachian mountains and grew up living and loving all things outdoors. She stayed in-state for undergrad and graduate school where she earned a Masters in Spanish Language and Literature. This gave her the opportunity to travel to many different Spanish speaking countries where she has led previous outdoor adventure programs, taught English and Spanish, and pursued her love for exploring new cultures and communities. Since graduating in 2018, Miriam has worked as a middle and high school Spanish teacher, a Spanish Adjunct at the University of Denver and the University of North Carolina Wilmington, as well as led study abroad groups with the adventure travel group, Broadreach. When she isn’t working, Miriam loves to go for long bike rides or runs, and tries to spend as much time as possible in the beautiful Rocky Mountains that she now calls home. Miriam is also a wilderness first responder.
Where did you grow up?
Pfafftown, North Carolina
Where do you call home now?
Year started at Global Works?
What’s your favorite part about leading trips?
I love working with students outside of a traditional classroom context. It is such a unique experience to experience new cultures, communities, and languages with students who are so excited and passionate to learn!
What’s something you can’t live without while you are traveling?
I have to have my cross-body Patagonia bag!
Tell us about a favorite memory from a trip you have taken
I absolutely adored doing night hikes in the Amazon rainforest — I’ve never seen so much wildlife in such a concentrated area!
Where is your favorite place you have traveled to?
Right now, the Galapagos Islands have been one of the most magical and beautiful places I have ever visited. I can’t wait to go back!
Fun fact, special talent, or favorite memory
I speak Spanish!
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I like to go for long bike rides or a run. I also really enjoy doing yoga with my friends. I also love reading and writing when I can.
What languages do you speak?
If you had to give one piece of advice or words of encouragement to someone on their first travel experience, what would it be?
Be comfortable being uncomfortable. While traveling is such an invaluable experience, it can also come with some difficulties. Practicing patience, kindness, and flexability while I travel has been really helpful in dealing with some of the more challenging aspects of travel.