Our Staff Is A Cut Above the Rest!
All of our staff go through a rigorous hiring process and extensive training, and they are required to be CPR and First Aid certified. Each staff member also goes through the same background check as a school teacher. We only hire responsible, multi-talented individuals who are safety-minded and as passionate about teen travel as we are.
Experience & Passion
Beyond the basics, we seek out two main characteristics: in-depth experience in and knowledge of our destinations, and most importantly, a passion for working with teens. Our staff have backgrounds that include living abroad and working in a summer camp or other educational settings. They are proven leaders and role models who easily connect and form friendships with each individual student while bringing each destination to life.
We celebrate diversity and different cultures. Our staff represent 49 different nationalities, speak a combined 21 different languages, and have visited 142 different countries. 80% of our staff have lived or worked abroad. With so many unique experiences to share, you are sure to gain a global perspective!
Meet Our Company Leaders
President & Founder
Pat is an Occupational Therapist whose career path has embraced a number of businesses. She has cumulatively spent years in Europe, especially in Paris, much of which has been with teens. She knows the city like a native and continually searches for unique and authentic additions to our trips. She and her husband, Frank, an astrophysicist and D-Day expert, have traveled extensively with teenagers throughout Europe. Pat is also a passionate animal rescuer and serves on the board of a large no-kill rescue.
Senior Vice President
Ned has a degree in Philosophy from Union College, speaks French and Greek, and holds the world record for leading the most TFT trips! Ned was bitten by the travel bug during his college term abroad in Athens. A passionate photographer and avid scuba diver, he leads our Sales and Marketing Team and loves directing programs during the summer. Ned is also the proud father of Cooper, Kiera, and T.J.
Tori van Sambeck
Vice President & Director of Sales and Marketing
Tori spent several years living in Italy working with college study abroad students and leading tours around Europe before joining the TFT family. Tori has been to 67 different countries and led almost every TFT trip. She uses her extensive travel knowledge to design many of our itineraries. Tori handles much of our client contact, business development, and creative marketing. She enjoys hiking, camping, rock climbing, scuba diving, and all outdoor adventures. She loves sharing her passion for exploring and traveling with our young travelers!