Instructor Intro: Caitlin Dee
¡Buenas tardes a todos!
My name is Caitlin and I’m going to be one of your program instructors during our 10-week adventure throughout Central America, along with Benny. I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts but I now spend most of my time outside the USA and feel most at home when I’m on the open road. I studied Spanish and Studio Art at Skidmore College in upstate New York and after spending my junior year studying in Spain - I can’t seem to get rid of this wanderlust. I’ve been leading and developing student programs in Central and South America and Southeast Asia for the past several years and I absolutely love being immersed in another culture and sharing my love of adventure, travel and cultural exchange with my groups.
Benny and I are super excited to meet you! We’re really looking forward to learning, trekking, diving, sailing, surfing, snorkeling and exploring through these 5 amazing countries. We are both here to answer any questions you may have before you leave for Central America. I encourage you all to prepare yourselves as best as possible by reading some information about the history, culture and politics of the countries we'll be visiting (what are these Mayan ruins all about??), practicing a few key Spanish phrases, and making sure you are staying active. Most importantly though, you should arrive in Cancun with an open mind and ready to soak up all that you can!
As you are packing, please make sure to stick to the gear list and try to pack as light as possible. We will be mostly in warmer/tropical climates throughout our program (great for packing light!), but efficient layers are key for our time spent at higher elevations (mainly Guatemala), including the astounding Acatenango volcano we'll be trekking. You'll be surprised at how much you can live without (plus, you'll want to leave some room for the new stuff you'll find at the incredible markets we’ll visit)! The food is delicious in Central America and you will find most everything you'll need, but past participants have suggested bringing some protein or cliff bars to stash away for some extra energy for hiking trips and travel days, as well as parts of the itinerary where we stay in more remote locations. Also, it's important to stay hydrated while you're here, so please make sure to be prepared and bring your water filter bottle, along with another water bottle/nalgene. Feel free to bring something for group entertainment as well (Cards, Bananagrams, etc.)
We will all get to know each other very well during our trip, but it's nice to start learning names, sharing packing tips and just getting excited about the (undoubtedly) amazing experience we are about to share. Again, if you have any specific questions or need some advice about what to bring, don't hesitate to email me or Benny or get in touch on Facebook. If you haven't already, join our Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/805777149576824/
Happy packing, safe travels, and we will see you in Cancun! Can’t wait!