Experiential Travel Programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston have operated for 15 years. Over the past 18 months after recognizing the evolution and growth of these opportunities, there has been a renewed focus on updating the program model from it’s 1.0 version to a 2.0 version. Part of those efforts are strengthening the sense of community among alumni, connecting past participants to current teens and creating a stronger network to support personal and professional growth for all involved. Recently, Daniel Creese connected with us to share what’s been happening in his life the past few years.
More Alumni Highlights will be coming in the months ahead and will be posted on the soon-to-be live Experiential Travel Programs website. Enjoy Daniel’s update below!
Daniel Creese is an alumnus of two Experiential Travel Programs, Explore India and Explore Japan. He graduated from Drake University and took a job with Allstate in Chicago before moving to Portland, Oregon to continue working for his company as a Customer Experience Consultant. To this day, he remains connected to the Boys and Girls Clubs and recently served as a volunteer advisor for Keystone, a teen leadership program, at a Club in Chicago.
When thinking about his travel experiences, he said the opportunity opened his eyes to new perspectives and cultures. By learning a different language and history, he became well rounded and was inspired to travel again. He described these trips as once-in-a-lifetime experiences. His favorite moment from the India trip was the visit to Taj Mahal. He learned about this amazing architectural achievement in books, but seeing it in person sent shivers down his back.
Daniel’s advice to teens currently in the Experiential Travel Programs is to keep a positive mindset as soon as they get on the plane for the trip. He added, “It’s going to be an amazing experience. Reflect on the experience and hold onto it.” For Daniel, he chose to write about travelling to India for his college essay, but he said that each teen is going to use the experience in a different way and get something unique out of it.