As you may have noticed, today is International Women’s Day and here at THE VACATION PROJECT we want to celebrate two of our female co-founders, Charlotte Bergin and Lindsay Bradley. We also want to recognize the women and girls that we work with in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Morocco because they are a huge part of the TVP experience.
Karla Funes, Conservation Experience Manager at Osa Conservation - Karla is native to Costa Rica and lives on the Osa Peninsula. Karla hold an International Masters in Auditing and Business Management, a Bachelors of Business Administration & Tourism and also received a Certified Tour Guide License by the National Institute of Tourism. Karla works tirelessly to ensure that each group visiting the Osa Peninsula has a magical experience from running safety orientations to creating and tailoring our group’s itineraries. Karla loves nature and sharing that passion with visitors and is always a lovely and friendly face to spot while walking the trails of Osa.
The Women & Girls of Tizian, Morocco – Team TVP spent some time with the families of Tizian in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco this past January and they made a lasting impact on each of our travelers. These women are truly the backbone of their community and manage all aspects of the household and while also working hard to help support their families by shouldering farming duties as well. We spent some time learning about their needs and look forward to hopefully seeing their dream of a coop come to life where they can make traditional Berber rugs to be sold in Marrakech. We also want to mention the girls of Tizian who we got to spend time with. It was so inspiring as they run off to school each morning and kicked our butts leading us on hikes in the Atlas Mountains.
The Girls who attend La Pruisa School outside of Granada, Nicaragua – In Nicaragua a family may only make about $750 on average but still make it possible for their children to attend school and receive an education. While we were repainting their school, planting trees in the school yard and having a piñata party for them we had the opportunity to interact with the children. These girls were so curious about us and were constantly asking us questions and also trying to learn English words. They also had such incredible personalities and we were all so excited when it was a girl who finally took down the piñata! Additionally, the children are fed a simple lunch of rice and beans and it was women from their community who spend their day at the school cooking and ensuring that these children receive lunch so that they can focus on their education.