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Amanda Perkins is no stranger to the student travel industry, and has recently joined the ETI family as a Travel Consultant. Along with 22 years of experience in the industry, Amanda brings a deep passion to her work and thrives on connecting students and youth with opportunities for growth through travel. Read on to learn more about her!
What got you interested in travel initially and what makes you passionate today about student travel today?
I had actually been working in banking for around 16 years and just didn't enjoy it. I had a friend of mine who I used to work with come in, so I asked her what she was up to now. She's said, “Oh, I'm working for a student travel company now.” I thought, “Wow, that sounds so interesting!” So, I applied and I got hired in my first travel job.
I’m a firm believer that travel is a huge confidence builder. One of the things I’ve always loved is experiencing new places, especially when I first started traveling alone in my early 20s. When I started working in the travel industry, I loved to see kids who come from lower socioeconomic areas—who had never been out of their hometown—get out and know that there’s more to the world than what’s in their hometown. It’s inspiring to hear stories of students wanting to go to college and excel and succeed in the world after traveling on only one trip.
What are you most looking forward to about your new role with ETI?
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As you well understand by now, the student travel industry is among countless industries impacted by the pandemic. However, with the right knowledge and direction, it's still possible to offer life-changing experiences to your students!
With early planning, the ETI team can support you in creating a memorable experience, despite any obstacles you may face. Below are a few items to consider when beginning to plan your student trip:
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Dennis Kerr, Band Director/Audio Video Director, Instrumental Music 5-12, at Conway Springs School District in Conway Springs, Kansas, recently traveled to Orlando with the Conway Springs High School Band & Choir. While it was Kerr’s sixth time visiting the destination, it was his fifth time working with ETI to bring his student group tour together.