Véronique Blais joined our office team last June. With a background in Language and Communications, the trilingual 23-year-old fit in right away, bringing a natural enthusiasm and work ethic to the Operations and Marketing projects that she supports. In December we asked Véro to write about her firsthand experience of a student tour of Québec City; this time, she was gracious enough to share her thoughts on how working here has impacted her understanding of travel.
s have opened! As teachers and students from all over North America pour into their motorcoaches to hit the road for their epic spring tour adventure—venturing to the likes of Quebec, New York City and Europe to greet their intrepid Jumpstreet tour leader—I find myself wondering how working for Jumpstreet Tours has impacted my perception of student travel. In many ways, the idea of working for a company that specializes in offering extraordinary educational tours has affected my understanding of travel as a whole. Here are three examples:
- Quality: I’ve always loved traveling, but sometimes it’s hard to justify the cost. One of the first things that struck me about this company when I started working here last summer was the commitment to quality. I think it’s easy to help the cost of a trip by simply stripping it down to bare bones, but that means stripping it of its quality too. That doesn’t mean you need to break the bank; I’ve simply come to understand the importance of viewing it as an investment. As a teenager, travel is like a balanced diet: it does the body good! It helps you develop; it helps you grow. It opens doors. It can change your life! Plus, it’s the kind of foundation that will fill your adult life with adventure and opportunity. I arrived at Jumpstreet loving travel; today, almost a year later, I believe in it.
- Planning: Are we fully aware of all the coordination that goes into a class trip? Until I started working here, I was not. As I write this, I’m surrounded by ultra-organized colleagues who are passionate about travel. They know what goes into planning a comprehensive student tour that’s both safe and super-awesome, and while I still have a lot to learn, I'm beginning to see how it's done. Our Operations department is a well-oiled machine that runs on communication and foresight. I’m learning how to anticipate the needs of each class trip, and I’m challenged every day to ensure that our tours are as entertaining and enriching as possible. When it comes to making it happen, managing every detail without losing sight of the big picture is a science! Here I am, thinking I wasn’t very good at chemistry…
- Expertise: Everyone starts somewhere, but it didn’t take long for me to understand the benefit of working alongside a group of experts. As I type this, I can hear Mark Clarke, co-founder of Jumpstreet Tours, telling the story of the time he used a three-hour drive from Montreal to Quebec to recount the entire history of Quebec to a busload of students. Talk about gift of gab! There’s a sense here at Jumpstreet that we won’t offer a product or service before we know it inside and out. We’ll eat the food, we’ll sleep in the hotels, and we’ll dance at the cabanes à sucres. When you spend your days working with a team like this, you are constantly inspired to go above and beyond, and to find new and exciting ways to make our tours better. I look forward to one day having my own epic class trip story to share with future colleagues!