Travel and life, Travel Miscellaneous

Meet The Greenheart Travel Staff: Anna Labat!

Anna Labat is the Director of Greenheart Travel. Get to know her a little better through our Meet the Staff Blog Series and check back to meet a new staff member each month this year.

6932_847139997577_6240261_nQ: Where did you grow up?

I grew up on the North Shore of Chicago (Riverwoods, to be exact) so you can imagine I had quite the exciting childhood.  No wonder I felt the need to travel…

Q: What is your favorite international city?

This is tricky.  I love Buenos Aires & Lyon to live, but was probably the most overwhelmed by the history of Jerusalem.  It’s hard to pick a favorite when each city holds some hidden treasure.  Party in BA, eat in Lyon, dive into the history of Jerusalem.  Done.

Q: What is your secret talent?

I used to be in theater and I was pretty good at it.  Even won an award in a film festival once.

Q: If you could eat only one country’s style of food for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?

Turkey!!  No question. I had the best meal of my life in Turkey in an awesome, cave-like restaurant.  Turkey was/is the crossroads between Europe and Asia for centuries so the cuisine is diverse, fresh and absolutely the best.  Even the Kebob I had on the street was to die for.

Q: Complete the sentence: When I grow up I want to __________.

Own a farm.  Raise some goats and chickens.  Have a big garden.  Make fresh pies daily.

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Anna in Argentina

Q: What is your spirit animal?

A bird.  Not so I can fly away, but so I can fly around

Q: What is your favorite travel “AHA! moment” or memory? 

I have family in Argentina and visited them before my semester in Chile.  When I first got there I couldn’t understand anything and was getting frustrated.  After a month in a half in Chile, however (Chilean Spanish is perhaps the most difficult to understand of any dialect), and feeling like I wasn’t making progress, I visited my family in Argentina again.  I understood almost 100% of what was going on.  I realized then how coy learning a language can be and how I needed to keep at it.  I decided at that moment to spend a longer time in South America so I could really focus on learning the language and building meaningful friendships with locals.  Many of whom I’m still in touch with today.

Q: What is your favorite thing about working for Greenheart Travel?

I love talking to people about travel.  Working here gives me the opportunity to do that on a daily basis and I feel lucky after every conversation.  I get to hear about interesting destinations throughout the world while *hopefully* inspiring others to book their ticket.  You progress personally at an accelerated level and I always want to learn from others and share my personal experiences to get others traveling.  Just one step becomes a huge leap when you travel.

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Stay tuned for next month’s meet the staff blog our High School Programs Manager, Hope Pavich!

About Greenheart Travel

CCI Greenheart Travel is personally invested in providing cultural immersion programs that change lives, advance careers and create leaders. We achieve this by partnering with organizations and governments overseas that empower their local communities through experiential learning and practical development. We provide others with the same positive travel experiences in which we ourselves engage. Through travel and cultural exchange, we help individuals reach their full potential, leading to a more tolerant, peaceful and environmentally sustainable world.

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