Thursday 9 Oct, 2014

EF Staff Stories: Rosa F.

Here at EF, we are all passionate travellers with our own unique stories. Take a look behind the scenes and meet some of the great people who help make your trip of a lifetime happen!

Name: Rosa F.
Number of Years at EF: 12 years
Current Title/Department: Senior Tour Manager

My first trip:

I was seven years old and travelled to Italy for the first time to visit relatives. I had no idea the trip was coming—I was so clueless, until my family told me on the way to the airport. I was miserable when I got there—I missed my friends and I also had to speak Italian because no one spoke English! But there was one neighbour who sent her son to take me for ice cream. I still always see him when I go visit that small town, even though we’re both grown up!

What I love about my job:

Getting feedback from our travellers! Most of the time, I hear great news and amazing stories about how our tours change their lives and futures. In my experience, the best Group Leaders never fail to make sure that the trip is all about the student traveller’s experience rather than their own.

My favourite travel memory:

It was on an EF tour to Egypt, where I saw the funeral mask of Tutankhamun, his tomb in the Valley of the Dead and the Great Pyramid of Giza. It was amazing, especially because back when I was in school, the Royal Ontario Museum had the mask on loan for exhibit. Only a few kids in my class were able to ‘win’ a trip to visit the exhibition. I was upset I wasn’t able to go, so when I finally got to see the funeral mask in the place where it was discovered and created, where the pharaohs actually walked the land, it was that much more special to me.

I never leave home without…

My passport, of course! And a credit card.

My favourite place in the world:

Africa —so far, I’ve been to Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Morocco and Egypt. I just love it because it’s so different, so out of the ordinary. Every day is unique—you never know what’s going to happen!

I also have a real love for Africa because people are trying to change, yet maintain and respect their cultural heritage and way of life—especially the environment and with wildlife. I also like that it’s a place where you can truly ‘get away’… because people can’t always contact you!

baliMy dream destination:

Bali! I’ve just seen so much about it in different films and shows. It’s one of those ‘paradise’ spots for me, a place that lets you recharge and reflect. Eventually, the opportunity will come closer and I’ll get there one day!

I’d fly to _____ just for the food:

Spain—I’m not a very adventurous person when it comes to food, but Spain is a place that’s so similar to my own culture (Italian) that I wouldn’t miss anything at the table! I also love how creative the food is there.

The one song on my desert island playlist:

“It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi.

Aisle or window seat?

Depends on how long the flight lasts…

 Bike or scooter?

A scooter in candy apple red!

Long-haul flights: Love or hate?

Love. I’m always excited about where I’ll end up when I get off the plane!

Your thoughts on airplane food?

One word: yuck!

We’re all frequent travellers at EF: what’s your favourite airport?

It’s the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. There’s really great food, lots of shopping, and it’s fairly close to the city—even if you have a 6-hour layover, you can pop into town for a bite to eat!


Photo credits

Mask of Tutankhamun: Michael Nielsen via flickr

Bali: Erik Veland via flickr