Meet Our Team: Clarissa
An Aussie PhD candidate studying Russia in the Baltic Sea Region at Karlstad University in Sweden – yes, really! – Clarissa is GoCambio’s awesome Content Manager. She’s ticked over 40 countries off her travel list, loves history, learning languages and everything about the startup world. And Vegemite (of course).
What made you decide to work for GoCambio?
Some time in the middle of 2015 on a Friday afternoon I saw a Tweet about a new Irish startup called GoCambio. Out of curiosity I checked out their website and as an avid traveller and user of the sharing economy the concept grabbed my attention immediately. I wanted to find out how I could get on board. I sent a passionate caffeine-induced email that must have been fairly persuasive because the following week I was on Skype with Rosie (our Managing Director) and she invited me to come to Ireland and meet the team.
What does cambioing mean to you?
Cambioing to me is really about a two-way exchange in which both people learn something; the Host learns a new language or skill, while the Guest learns a great deal about a new culture and way of living that might be completely different to that they are used to. And it also means working for a company that is passionate about sharing, about meaningful travel experiences, and attracts such a diverse and energetic team of people.
What’s the one skill you want to master before you die?
There’s two that compete for the top spot. The first is the Russian language (which I speak but very poorly), and the other is coding. They’d both be useful for different things, but as my partner is Russian and we’re getting married next year, I think Russian might be more useful on a personal level, so I’ll go with that!
What’s the most incredible place you have visited on your travels and why?
I’ve seen some pretty incredible things on my travels so far: the Aurora Borealis in Iceland, the Sahara Desert, the clubs in Ibiza, the Great Barrier Reef in QLD, the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, the nightlife in Las Vegas. I’m a real sucker for fjords though, so at the top of my list would be Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) in Norway. I hiked up here with my younger brother and my partner during a road trip through Norway. It’s scary as hell because the wind makes you feel as though you’re going to fall over the edge, but the view is so amazing that words cannot do it justice. You definitely feel as though you are standing on the roof of the world.
Even scarier is taking a dip in the icy cold pools up in the fjord after the hike. The temperature will stop your heart but to say you’ve swum in a pool at the top of a Norwegian fjord makes for a pretty awesome story, right?
Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?
Travelling the world and writing about it.
If you were left in charge of the GoCambio office for a day, what would you choose to do?
I’d stock the cupboards with Vegemite, Tim Tams and T2 tea, put on some French reggae, and get everyone to work outdoors (if the weather allows)!