Getting to Know TFT – Kate Clark
TFT Trip Director Kate Clark is an accomplished world traveler and elementary school teacher of gifted kids. She brings her incredible enthusiasm and unfailingly positive outlook to every TFT trip that she leads, whether its in Greece or Australia & New Zealand. This summer look out for Kate in Greece, Eastern Europe, and South Africa!
Languages you speak:
A little of Greek, Italian, French, and Spanish-working towards fluency in one of those languages someday
TFT trips that you’ve been on:
Australia/New Zealand, Classic Greece, Greece/Italy, Classic Italy, Cinque Terre Community Service, Fiji, Paris and South of France
Countries you’ve been to:
Australia, Ireland, England, Greece, Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Egypt, Fiji, French Polynesia, St. Maarten, Anguilla, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Grand Cayman Island, Honduras, Canada, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and New Zealand
Elementary and Special Education
Favorite travel book, magazine, or film?
Let’s Go or Lonely Planet series. Fun reading would be any “chic flick” type book or The Alchemist
What is your current job outside of TFT?
I am an Elementary Teacher of gifted students
Besides the essentials, list 3 things you refuse to travel without.
Camelback, grandmom’s rosary beads (she always wanted to go to Italy – but never did cause my grandfather served there), and journal
What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited?
Too hard to pick. But I was completely giddy at the pyramids of Giza
What’s the most beautiful place on Earth?
Anywhere can be beautiful – just depends on who you’re with
Top favs though include:
Sunsets in Thailand and Morea, French Polynesia
The view from Pat’s balcony in Paris
The coral reefs of the Red Sea, Similan Islands in Thailand, and Honduras
If you could live in one country (besides your current residence) where would it be and why?
Italy – beautiful culture, boisterous and fun people, and gelato of course
What kind of camera do you bring with you when you travel?
Canon powershot- I’m not sure the exact model -just ask Ned ; )
Have you ever backpacked through Europe, and where did you go?
What’s your favorite landmark and why?
Eiffel Tower is my fav. because my husband proposed in front of it
What’s your favorite beach and why?
Sea Isle City, New Jersey because I was a lifeguard there for five summers. It’s like home away from home.
What are your hobbies?
What sports do you play?
I’m a swimmer and former swim coach
What do you love most about working for Travel for Teens?
Definitely the people I meet – the staff, campers, and friends from around the world – are amazing!
What are the top 10 places you want to visit?
In no particular order:
7-More carribean islands
10-More places in US-like Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Fingerlakes, Vegas, and San Diego