A member of our Executive Management Team as Director of Operations, Rachael developed an excitement for travel to exotic places as a child on family vacations to Costa Rica and the ancient ruins in the jungles of Mexico. Fascinated by the interactions between plants and animals in tropical ecosystems, she studied biology and French at university, spending a semester abroad in France. Rachael served for three years in the Peace Corps as an agro forestry volunteer in the Gambia, West Africa where she gained a love and understanding of African cultures and learned two local languages. Rachael led her own family on safari in Tanzania and had explored many countries in West Africa, Europe, Central America, as well as Mexico, Alaska, and Morocco before arriving at Wildland Adventures. After joining Wildland in 2000 she directed our Costa Rica program and then expanded to Panama, Guatemala, and Belize and from there on to East Africa, directing our East Africa program for several years.