The Odyssey has received close to 2,000 applications over the last three years, so we have to be pretty selective. Some of our friends in the United States go through them all and make recommendations to us. So how do we decide? Previous travel experience is a plus - but not a necessity. Creativity, originality and writing ability are also important. But the main areas we look at are the applicant's background, attitude, interests, ideas and ideals. Our goal is to create a diverse team, where each member can offer a unique perspective and supplement the background and interests of the rest of the team.
Monica mentioned her work on Braille music software, as well as her participation in the California AIDS Ride. Her application states "I think this upcoming adventure, like a lightning rod, can galvanize and mobilize the inherent generosity of students around the world".
Abeja discussed her interest in health and healing, her certification in massage therapy, and her life on a planned community. "I don't see a difference between teacher and student, and I try to always be both - learning from others while teaching by being an example," she said.
Shawn listed his experience as an environmental activist and wilderness guide. He also wrote about running his own business. "Diversity is my specialty," he said.
And finally, our newest team member, Jasmine, who will be joining the Trek in Mali, sent in one of the most creative applications we've seen. Her vibrant and colorful "The Life and Times of Jasmine Hamlett" newsletter gave us an in depth look at her values, experiences and goals. "I'm a survivor and an adventurer, always looking for something new and different to expand my world - something to better enable me to appreciate the global masterpiece that is life."
We're still looking for people to join us in the last parts of the Trek, and who knows where the next Trek will go? Maybe you should be on it!
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