Today’s FundMyTravel blog post is an interview with GoAbroad.com’s Win the World: Australia & New Zealand Winner, Nicole Teague.
Checkout the highlights of her amazing trip itinerary:
- All flights included via Air New Zealand, sponsored by STA Travel
- Nurse, monitor, and search for injured wildlife such as koalas and kangaroos on GoEco’s two-week wildlifevolunteering program in Port Stephens
- Travel from Sydney to Cairns with Loka’s Mick pass, stopping at adventure points along the way including surfing and rain forests
- Experience the incredible sights of the North Island of New Zealand on Stray’s Batten tour including sand boarding, a wildlife cruise, and specifically-developed Maori experience
- Enjoy a homestay of your choice in Christchurch, New Zealand through Homestay.com
Nicole is very excited about this amazing opportunity, but still needs some help with a few expenses for the trip, so she created a FundMyTravel campaign. Find out a bit more about her and her campaign by reading her interview below:
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi, I’m Nicole. I won the Win the World: Australia and New Zealand competition, which I’m very excited to embark upon!
How did you hear about the Win The World Australia and New Zealand contest? What made you enter?
I’d been subscribed to GoAbroad’s email for a long time, I’m interested in traveling and I like the resources and articles they have. So, when I got an email about the contest I entered.
Yesmeen had a deep desire to partake on a world wide volunteer project for six months to serve on six different projects, in five different countries. She knew she wouldn’t be able to raise the funds for this endeavor on her own and decided to use FundMyTravel to fundraise for her cause. Yesmeen ran a very successful campaign on FundMyTravel raising 104% of her goal totaling $12,433! We interviewed her to find out what her secret to success was.
How did you find out about FundMyTravel?
When I was inspired by people in the community to crowd-fund I obviously went straight to Google to look for a platform to use. I have many friends that have used various crowd-funding platforms and the one I was most familiar with and had seen around, has a lot of campaigns funding medical-type expenses. Since I am not one to choose the “popular” route, that I like to shine light on the smaller up and coming platforms, and I was doing a volunteer/serve based trip, FundMyTravel seemed to be the best fit for my campaign.
Were you satisfied with how the platform supported you?
In the beginning, I was a bit stressed considering there wasn’t a customer service number to reach out to when I had issues. However, along the way the FundMyTravel team responded to my emails promptly and I was shocked when they added things for me on my campaign page. For example, when I was listing my expenses, there were several areas I needed to elaborate on. This wasn’t an option at first so I reached out to the team explaining my dilemma. The team listened to my concern and added an “info” logo to highlight over in which I could explaining what the expenses were for in further detail, which was so helpful. I learned a lot as I went along realizing that the platform is great and has room to grow. My “needs” will most likely be experienced by others which will lead to long term change on the site, which is always looking for ways to improve.
Today on the FundMyTravel blog we get the exciting chance to interview Benny Lewis, an international traveler and speaker, who has become fluent in seven languages since 2003.
Benny, thanks for joining us today and it’s an absolute pleasure getting to touch base, before a whirlwind of exciting events takes place in Australia, for you! We’re just thrilled to snag some of your time and find out more about the man, behind the genius of “Fluent in Three Months.”
How did you first identify that you had an approach to language learning which would be beneficial to so many other people? We come across a lot of travelers and students who are a bit nervous about visiting countries, where they don’t have a mastery of the language yet. Do you have any advice for these people, to help them feel more confidant, diving into this uncomfortable scenario?
I struggled myself a lot at first, but then developed a good learning technique. As I travelled, I came across other people who were in the initial struggling stage and I really enjoyed motivating them to dive right into it. This inspired me to start writing about it as well. There are lots of tips I give, but the most concise, which I can offer is that, beginners need to actually make it their goal to make as many mistakes per day as possible. Having a perfectionist approach and waiting until you have perfect grammar before speaking is the biggest enemy of all, in language learning.
Wow, well I’m sure that takes some courage and might even surprise some of our readers, but it makes sense. What was the first language you discovered an absolute passionate interest in learning? What got you interested in the first place and what do you think was the most influential cultural experience that made you want to practice the language better?
Spanish – I grew up with Spanish students visiting my home-town and always wanted to learn this language, but it wasn’t offered in my school. When I graduated uni, I took the chance to go live in Spain and just figured I’d pick up the language by proxy. Sadly this didn’t happen after six months so I had to grow my interest in learning the language itself. Those first few moments of saying something and having the other person understand you and reply are so motivating. The amount of cultural experiences I’ve had is endless, but the interactions with individuals has always been at the core of my passion for learning language.