Greenheart Travel Guest Bloggers, Travel Miscellaneous

Meet the Greenheart Travel Staff: Hope Pavich!

Hope Pavich is the Program Manager for Greenheart Travel’s High School Abroad Programs. 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.

Qme in a GH shirt: Where did you grow up?

Lynwood, Illinois. Google it.  It’s a pretty sweet place and the only town inclusive enough to allow me to play softball on one of its teams. Lynwood South 4 EVA!!  I actually got my head stuck in the catcher’s mask when I attempted to rip it off like I had seen done in the movies. Not a smart move for a pleasantly plump kid with a larger sized head.

Q: What is your favorite international city?

I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite, but I was mesmerized by Shanghai. I was there at a very special time in my life enjoying it with some incredibly, inspiring people.  I don’t want to return because that memory is something I want untouched by reality.

Q: What is your secret talent?

I don’t keep any of my “talents” secret.  They just have a way of coming out.  I will say that my high fives are very satisfying, which is well known by anyone who has ever received one.

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

Korean. I will never tire of bibimbap. Never. I was in Seoul for 3 days and gained 5 delicious pounds. That extra heft was a well-earned souvenir.

hammockQ: Complete the sentence: When I grow up I want to _______:

DANCE! And learn Serbian. I have a (some might say annoying) tendency to mention my Serbian heritage whenever possible. It will be difficult to fulfill my lifelong dream of being a Serbian baba if I am speaking English.

Q: What is your spirit animal?

A Zebra. I connect with their strips and natural way of emitting coolness with every step they take.  I hope to eventually see one not living in Lincoln Park Zoo.

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

When I was traveling through China on a train and freaked out two guys sitting next to me. They were telling a funny story (in Mandarin) and I was eavesdropping a bit and laughed out loud at the end. They were probably talking so loudly because they didn’t think I would be able to understand them.  To be honest, I didn’t think I would be able to understand them either until I realized I ‘got’ the joke. They moved seats shortly thereafter.

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

High fiving my colleagues for a great day at the office. I also enjoy living vicariously through our participants by reading their blogs!cambodia

Stay tuned for next month’s meet the staff blog our Outreach Coordinator, Molly Fried!



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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