Ready To Go
Welcome to our July newsletter! It's an exciting time here at Choose a Challenge USA as we continue to settle into our new office in New York City. The team is working dilligently on some new and exciting projects including our Team Leader Training Day and our offical company rebrand (more details to follow next month). Outside of our monthly newsletter we'll be keeping everyone updated about everything else going on through our Facebook, Twitterand Instagram so make sure to follow us.
A Closer Look: Team Leader Training Day
The purpose of our Team Leader Training Day is to get our college student trip leaders up to speed on everything they need to know before embarking on the trip of a lifetime. This day includes teaching our leaders how to manage their groups effectively and walk them through the entire process from beginning to end. We'll be hosting this event from our NYC headquarters in August and it will give us the chance to show our leaders our new home in Brooklyn, have 1-on-1 individual sessions, and even get in a little rock climbing at the Dumbo Boulders!
July's Big Five
How we're feeling.
As mentioned before, we're ecstatic to finally have a US home base and bring our amazing product over from the UK. That being said, there's still a long road ahead and a lot left to accomplish. One message we're keeping in mind over the coming months is to stay "Fired up! and ready to go." This comes from an anecdotal story told by former President Barack Obama along his 2008 presidential campaign trail. This mantra inspired him to not loose his motivation to change lives despite life's constant hurdles. You can see a brilliant artist-made animation with Obama's actual audio here.
What we're doing
We took some time after the holiday weekend to get out of the office as a team and explore Brooklyn. It didn't't take long to discover a rock climbing park nestled right under the Manhattan Bridge called Dumbo Boulders. Given our company's sense of adventure we decided this would be the perfect team building activity. We laced up our rock climbing shoes and chose one of the many rock courses the park had to offer. Although there was plenty of climbing to do, that still didn't stop us from snapping a quick team photo.
What we're reading this month.
The newest member to our US team, Nick, is reading The Language of Food. Why do macarons, macaroni and macaroons all have basically the same name? Ever realize that eating toast at breakfast and "toasting" to good health might be related? Does the turkey Americans eat on Thanksgiving have anything to do with the country on the eastern Mediterranean? Written by Stanford University professor Dan Jurafsky, his surprisingly humorous take on the foods we eat and the language we use to describe our food is absolutely worth the short read (plenty of pictures!). By the end, you'll come out with a new scope on the history of world culture and our eating habits. You might even be able to figure out how much a dish at a restaurant costs just by how many words are on the menu. Might not be a bad travel book to take with you on your next journey, you can pick up a copy here
What are we eating this month.
Bridge Fresh! It hasn't been long but we might have found our go-to lunch spot; more specifically our go-to sandwich. It's called "The Mexican," and includes chipotle chicken, avocado, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo. We would post a photo, but then again we wouldn't want to make you jealous.
And finally Number 5, our Quote of the Month comes from Indian novelist and M.I.T. professor, Anita Desai
“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow."
Until next month,
The Choose a Challenge Team.