Instructor Intro: Devin Perno
My name is Devin and I will be one of your instructors for our upcoming adventure extravaganza around Southeast Asia! I am super excited to start this trip and share some wonderful experiences with you.
I hope everyone is as excited as I am to start learning, growing, exploring, and trying new things across our expedition. I just wanted to take this moment to introduce myself so we can all start to get to know each other. We are going to be traveling, eating, exploring, and basically living together for the next few months! Ultimately, we are going to become one big family. It's my hope that we all can start to work together, and help each other out as much as possible so we can have a truly meaningful travel experience.
I am originally from the sunny state of Colorado, but I currently use Yangshuo, China as my base for working and traveling around this part of the world. I have been living around here for over 3 years, traveling from place to place, working, climbing, and exploring new cultures I never thought imaginable.
In school I studied environmental science and geology. After graduation, I thought I wanted to start a job doing field research or even continue my education towards grad school. After a lot of trial and error with trying to find the `right` job, it looked like I ultimately didn’t know what I wanted to do. I could never find something I was truly comfortable with. From these experiences I decided that I was going to try something completely different. I started traveling and working oversees. From there, my love of exploring and traveling grew into something greater.
Please take the time to prepare yourself and your belongings for our trip. I would double check everything you have, lay it out on the ground, and make a visual count of it. Try not to over pack, only bring what is recommended and only what you really need. I also highly recommend to mentally prepare yourself for this experience. This includes reading some information about the countries and cultures we will visit. Start with an open mind and grow from there.
And finally, please feel free to ask any questions or voice your concerns. We are here to get everyone ready and to make our program go as smooth as it can. We are about to embark on a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! We must seize this opportunity and make the most we can with what we have. Don't be afraid to make a mistake. And don’t be afraid to live in the moment! Don’t be afraid to travel to the unknown!
Caitlin and I can't wait to meet you all and start our adventure!